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mike14 04-20-2011 03:17 AM

Stick for a 3 year old
 
Guys, need some help finding a stick for my 3.5 year old son. he's seen me playing hockey and wants to do the same.
Problem is, he's approx '42 tall and the smallest sticks I can find are '45. Does anyone know where I can get shorter sticks? Also, if I can't find smaller ones, how easy is it to cut down a hockey stick?

Appreciate any help

noobman 04-20-2011 07:20 AM

At this age it's important to start him out right. You'll really want to invest in a good hockey stick for your kid. I'd recommend an Easton EQ:50 as it is very lightweight and will maximize the velocity of your kid's shot given its low flex rating and kick point.


In all seriousness, it's very easy to cut down a stick. Just get a short, cheap wood one and cut it down a few inches. All you really need is a handsaw.

izzy3 04-20-2011 07:41 AM

You can get him something like this.

It's not like he's going to complain that it's not the right flex... :)

Inkling 04-20-2011 08:25 AM

They now offer composite mini-sticks. They are a bit bigger than the typical plastic mini-stick and are pretty cool. I would have bought one for my son but the ones I saw were all the wrong hand.

When my son was 3 I think I just bought a cheap wooden stick and cut it down, but he played a lot of mini-sticks in the living room as well. You can get plastic floor hockey sticks as well that are pretty small.

Mansfield 04-20-2011 08:38 AM

Get a plastic one to play with, or if you're actually thinking of getting him into ice hockey then just cut down a wood one. They cost $20, and you'll be buying many different ones anyway if he's playing that young.

Cutting it down is easy, just sand or tape the end a bit once you're done.

pelts35.com 04-20-2011 08:40 AM

I got my son his first stick around the same age and picked up a Reebok 1K and cut it down for him. You can pick them up for between $15 and $20.

http://www.hockeydawgz.com/media/06/...d8612960_m.jpg

Jarick 04-20-2011 09:17 AM

Get the cheapest youth wood stick you can find and cut it down. The stick won't matter until he's several years older because the most important thing is skating and balance. Those little composites are toy sticks, I'd skip it (my 2-year-old has one but he prefers the plastic mini stick that came with his little net).

mooseOAK* 04-20-2011 09:37 AM

Go to the rink and check the garbage cans for sticks broken in half, that's what my buddies with small kids to.

beth 04-20-2011 12:03 PM

Get him a cheap, straight wood stick and cut it down. At 3.5, handedness isn't set in yet, and they'll be switching all the time. I'm helping with the beginners now, and I keep seeing kids who obviously were given a curved stick for the wrong hand. Once they've been playing with a straight stick for a while and you know for sure which way they like to hold it, then you can get a curved one. :)

HolyRollie 04-20-2011 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mooseOAK (Post 32519084)
Go to the rink and check the garbage cans for sticks broken in half, that's what my buddies with small kids to.

I did this for my younger cousins every time I broke a stick in half. Pretty funny to see 5 and 6 year-olds running around with half Synergies and XXXXs haha.

ponder 04-20-2011 01:04 PM

+1 for getting the shortest cheap woodie you can find and just cutting it down to the appropriate size. I'm actually surprised you play hockey and didn't know that it was normal to cut down sticks, most guys (of all ages) cut their sticks down to their preferred height.

mike14 04-20-2011 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ponder (Post 32522642)
+1 for getting the shortest cheap woodie you can find and just cutting it down to the appropriate size. I'm actually surprised you play hockey and didn't know that it was normal to cut down sticks, most guys (of all ages) cut their sticks down to their preferred height.

Yeah, I'm very much a beginner and hockey in Australia isn't that intense at that level. i find a stick about the right size and just play.

Thanks for all help guys, it's time to go shopping...

ponder 04-20-2011 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mike14 (Post 32526198)
Yeah, I'm very much a beginner and hockey in Australia isn't that intense at that level. i find a stick about the right size and just play.

Thanks for all help guys, it's time to go shopping...

Makes sense. Out of curiosity, when you stand your own stick on the tip of it's blade, while in bare feet, where does the butt end come up to? Eyes, nose, mouth, chin, collar bone?


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