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07-23-2012, 02:14 PM
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krax
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All very valuable inputs. Special mention to ComradeChris.

Coaching your own kids can be very rewarding. Though it can get problematic once it becomes competitive.

If your boys ask for hockey, just go for it. Ask them after the first practice if they liked it. If they do, let them continue. There are a lot of kids starting at 3 or 4, having a lot of fun.

Skating lessons are a plus. Not sure if they're going to like it.... it's not always fun...

I'd recommend the full hockey equipment. It's fun to put on and to fall with it. I know of places where you can rent the equipment. Maybe you can buy it used from other parents.

I'd recommend their own skates. My boy started organized hockey at 3.5. I bought really cheap skates until the age of 9. Neither him nor me liked the high-end stuff, which are basically small adult skates. I think soft skates helped his development.

Between 9 and 12 we bought mid range skates (Bauer Vapor XXII, Bauer Vapor X40). He got his first pro model this year (Bauer X60 on sale for 200$) at age 13.

I'll come back once he's 18 to tell you how all this turned out ;-)

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