Ok peeps, if you have been playing along at home, you should be well prepared for the upcoming hockey season. For those that are just joining the shenanigans, there is still plenty of time. We’ve prepped the hockey bag and packed our survival kit. And we’ve run through the checklist so we are armed and ready for dinner madness that is bound to ensue.
This mission is all about handling the curve balls you encounter at the rink. You know, the days where you careen into the dressing room and have about 30 seconds to get your player dressed and on the ice only to find out that something has gone sideways on you?
Like you are in the home stretch of the race to get the player on the ice. You are slightly sweaty, the gear is on and you go to tie the laces only to have one snap on you. Because laces never snap when you have time to get replacements.
Learn from my experience, fellow hockey parents. It will save you much stress in the long run. Here’s the run down of the “extras” we try keep in our hockey bags. Also known as:
The Hockey Bag Emergency Kit
-tape: this is crucial. It will hold up socks. It will cover any surprise rips in gear long enough to get through a game or practice. Always have an extra roll in each hockey bag, just in case. Even if the socks have Velcro and don’t need taping. Because you never know when you’re going to need the quick fix.
-extra laces: we keep one set in the survival kit, but there’s nothing to say that you can’t have an extra set in each bag. But at least one extra set is a good thing to have around. The laces always seem to give out when you least expect it.
– extra socks/practice jersey: True story, during spring hockey I washed Boy#3’s jersey and forgot to put it back in his bag for two weeks. He was not happy with having to borrow a jersey. Save yourself the headache and have a back up jersey and set of socks in the bag. You will need them at some point during the season.
–edge honer: this has been on my to-buy list for a couple of seasons now and I’ve just never gotten around to buying one. It comes in especially handy at tournament time when you’re in the middle of back to back games and just need to get one more game in before sharpening the skates. Not a requirement but definitely a nice to have.
-base layer (hat, gloves, socks too): I have shown up to the rink with a kid with no socks. There have been times where it is so absolutely frigid out on the ice that my player comes off the ice in tears because their hands or feet just can’t get warm. The thin $2 gloves you can find at most dollar stores or Walmarts are good to have in the bag along with an extra pair of socks, just in case.
-because I like to be thorough, while we’re packing layers, why not throw in an extra base layer. Worst case scenario, the extra clothes sit in the bag. And they take up some space in the bag. Not the end of the world when the alternative is a battle with your player to keep them on the ice for practice or a game.
We’re in the home stretch of off season, people. Here’s to another amazing year.
See you at the rink.