Sports such as hockey, require responsibility, discipline and forward thinking. However; it doesn’t just apply to the field, it means being “hockey-ready” for practices, matches and games away. While parents help their daughter’s pack their sports kit for school when they are younger, there comes a time when they must do it themselves. There’s no better lesson on being organized than arriving at practice and realising that you have forgotten your boots or stick.
We look at some of the essential items every player should have in their bag and the little extras that can make a difference to their game. Parents – create a checklist, like this one, to make sure your hockey girl is always on top of her game.
- A sports bag with a shoulder strap and separate compartments to ensure her dirty clothes don’t make everything else sweaty. A longer bag also helps so that she can slide her hockey stick in as well.
- A lock to use on a locker or bag.
- Hockey stick.
- Hockey ball – just in case there aren’t enough at practice or for when she wants to practice on her own.
- Kit – the shirt, shorts and socks provided by the team or her own.
- A sports bra for the game.
- Mouth guard – keep her toothy white smile intact!
- Shin pads – to ensure those accidental knocks don’t set her back.
- Undershorts or tights – to prevent uncomfortable chafing.
- A good quality water bottle – keep her hydrated!
- Spare clothes for after the match.
- Two fresh towels – one for after the game and one for a shower.
- Sun protection to keep her skin healthy.
- Hair and head bands.
- A nice hoodie will ensure that she doesn’t feel the cold in winter or the rain, and will keep her muscles warm for the game.
- A first aid kit including disinfectant, cotton wool and plenty of plasters.
- Pack some shower shoes, particularly if she is travelling, to ensure she doesn’t catch unwanted germs.
- Bag and deodorisers can help keep the smell contained without making the whole change room dizzy when opening up her bag.
- Laundry bags are great for keeping dirty clothes separate from her clean change of clothes for after the match.
Print a few copies of your checklist and keep them handy at home and when she is travelling to ensure she doesn’t lose anything. Make sure all her things are marked with a permanent marker. After all, her equipment is unique and necessary for her game – she needs to look after it.