What's the correct length of stick for my Athlete?
I get asked a lot by parents what's the correct length of stick for my Athlete?
While stick length is a preference a few rules should apply. As a general rule of thumb longer sticks are usually used by Defenseman, they are helpful when getting the stick on the puck to eliminate scoring chances. They are also helpful when battling for puck possession in the corners.
Shorter sticks are used generally by playmakers, you will see players who have shorter sticks have quicker hands and puck control a bit more than others.
The biggest mistake made and one that I see often is parents who are trying to do the right thing, they buy an expensive stick and after spending a lot of hard-earned money on that stick, do not cut it or size it properly therefore not at all allowing the stick to serve its purpose because their afraid their Athletes will outgrow it too soon.
While that is completely understandable, it truly does them a disservice because a stick that is too long affects many skill sets they are working on, the biggest impact it has though is on their skating. You see, the longer the stick the less bend you need in your knees.
Please measure and cut your Athletes stick accordingly.
Therefore I'm asking you, parents of Pro Edge 2020, please measure and cut your Athletes stick accordingly.
You have presented them with a wonderful opportunity to improve, please don't handcuff them by leaving their sticks to long. Most hockey shops sell plugs, these are used in the situation that you over cut their stick and need to add 4, 6. 8 inches, they are inexpensive but do a Wonderful job in elongating the life of a stick.
Skate Toward Your Dreams.
As always if you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Coach Vaughan Rody