The stick is the player’s extension to the puck. It connects player movement with game play. For young, beginning players, starting out with the right sized stick is far more important than using the latest stick available.
A properly sized stick will increase player performance and in-game enjoyment. Modern sticks are made of either wood or carbon composite. Wood sticks are usually more affordable and ideal for beginners, while composite sticks, also ideal for beginners, are generally more popular and offer slightly increased performance.
Sticks come in four sizes: senior, intermediate, junior, and youth. Each size normally reflects a smaller shaft circumference and a softer flex. Senior sticks are usually used by players ages 14 and up; intermediate for ages 10-15; junior for ages 7 to 12; and youth for players ages 4-8. For Learn To Play parents, you’ll be best served by focusing on the youth age group 4-8 and youth sized sticks.
To properly size, have the player stand in place without skates, place the toe of the blade on the ground between their feet and position the stick vertically against their body so that the stick comes to about their nose. If the stick is too long, simply make a mark where it touches their nose, and cut the shaft of the stick accordingly. If the player’s skates are on, the stick should come up to their chin. Please use this as a general rule of thumb and allow for changes based on personal preference.