Taping a Goalie Stick – The Stick Guru
Like player sticks, goalie sticks also need to be taped. And just like player sticks, every goalie does it a little differently. Goalie stick do require a bit more effort and much more tape!
You can learn about the different types of tapes here:
The NHL rule book states,
“10.2 Goalkeeper’s Stick: Goalies must have a knob of white tape or some other protective material approved by the League at the top of their goalie stick shaft. Said knob can be no less than 1/2″ thick.”
However many of us beer leaguers don’t need to follow this rule, however, it is good to note the rules in case your league is strict. The reason for the use of white tape, rather than other colors is to distinguish between the puck and the knob of the stick. Some goalie’s have a quite large knob which can be mistaken for a puck. Keep that in mind if you want to use another color tape as well. You would hate to have a close goal called because the ref saw your knob cross the line rather than the puck.
There are a few different ways of taping a knob. Some like a thin large knob as seen here, and some barely have a knob at all, like Carey Price (seen bellow)
Most goalies that I’ve encountered tape a medium sized knob and tape a few inches down the shaft. Like Martin Broduer’s stick. You can also add a ribbing around the shaft like a players stick as seen here for a nice tight grip when you’re stick handling. Check out the video below to learn how to tape your knob.
Taping your Blade
When it comes to your blade, you have a ton of freedom to tape it however you like. Just like players sticks you can tape it toe to heel, or heel to toe. There is less of a difference because there is much less stick handling in goal. So which ever you are most comfortable. Some goalies like to tape their entire blades and even partly up the paddle. Lets see some examples; First we see Patrick Roy’s stick. He tapes most of the blade and a strip on the paddle. He doesn’t completely cover the toe of the stick but many guys do. This protects your stick a little more than using less tape plus may give you a more consistent rebound rather than contacting the stick directly. Another more traditional method is Martin Jones’ stick. He exclusively tape the main section of the blade all the way up to the toe. It is all preference, so try taping it different ways and see what you like.
For the process of actually taping your stick, lets go back to our friends are Howie’s Hockey Tape to watch them tape a goal stick blade.
Taping the handle
Some players like to tape the top of the paddle to get a tighter grip on your stick when in your stance. One of the more unique handles is Henrik Lundqvist. Not only does he tape his handle, he also gets a modified paddle shape which you can learn more about here. Paddle modifications aside, he use grip tape to his handle giving him a nice tight lock. I trick I like to use is to first wrap it in foam wrap which makes it thick without adding weight if that’s something you like.
There appears to be a very logical explanation as to why the ref taped over Andersen’s blue tape – Article
During the Jets and Leafs game Wednesday night, there were a couple of interesting situations involving equipment and a Leafs player.
The first incident happened early on in the game as Leo Komarov got a penalty for illegal equipment.
Komarov on visor penalty: “I’m trying to go for the Lady Byng this year (smile) it’s not going to be easy”— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 5, 2017
The Leafs killed the penalty, but fans were a little upset about the call because it’s rarely seen.
Something that you also don’t see often is a referee taping a goalie’s stick for him during a game, but that’s exactly what happened to Frederik Andersen.
Another equipment violation for the Leafs, but this time the officials just make Andersen cover up his blue-coloured grip tape pic.twitter.com/gntTWyklI4— InGoal Magazine (@InGoalMedia) October 5, 2017
Andersen had blue tape on the knob of his stick last year, so using that colour of tape isn’t new.Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images
We checked the NHL rulebook for the 2017-18 season and here is what we found about goalie stick tape for the knob of the stick:NHL Rule Book
There’s no explanation as to why goalies have to have white tape on the knob of their sticks, but some fans pointed out the reason on Twitter once they noticed what was happening.
To prevent the refs from confusing knob with puck and calling a stoppage/avoid confusion in review— Michael Newhall (@N3WHALL) October 5, 2017
If that’s the reason behind the rule, then it completely makes sense and just like in the preseason, hockey fans saw that the officials are keeping an eye out for a lot of little things like this this season.
Buttendz SENTRY Goalie Grip for goalie pack
Buttendz SENTRY Goalie Grip for goalkeeper stick is used instead of tape on top of the shaft of the goalkeeper stick. SENTRY Goalie Grip is specially made for goalkeepers. The grip has an extra large knob on the end which gives full control during poke checking and when you need to grip the stick on the ice. Buttendz’s unique structure provides a better grip on the stick and provides better precision when making passes. The grip is used by several professional goalkeepers in the NHL and KHL.
Benefits of using the Buttendz SENTRY Goalie Grip for goalie lever
- Increased puck control and better grip on the goalie stick.
The elasticity of the 100% natural rubber used in the grip helps to absorb the energy when making passes and during puck treatment. The energy transfer becomes more comfortable, and not least, it gives you better precision and control.
- The grip gives you better control when poke checking.
The grip has an extra large knob on the end which gives full control during poke checking and when you need to grip the stick on the ice.
- Reduced wear on the inside of the goalie blocker.
Most hockey players have experienced that regular hockey tape on the shaft will eventually loosen. The glue from the underside of the tape ends up on the outside, and the glue will give extra friction against the inside of the stick glove. As a result, the inside of the glove wears out far too quickly. This problem becomes non-existent when using the Buttendz SENTRY Goalie Grip for goalkeeper sticks.
- The grip can be used again when changing the goalkeeper stick.
When buying a new goalkeeper stick, you can easily remove the grip from the old stick and transfer it to the new one. Watch the instructional video on how to easily remove the grip here, and video on how to put it on here.
- Material: 100% natural rubber
- Knob width: 19 mm
- Knob thickness: 12.5 mm
- Length of grip: 6.5 ″ / 16.5 cm
You can read more at Buttendz’s website. See our full range of Buttendz products here.
How do you tape a hockey stick?
Everybody knows you’ve got to tape your hockey stick, right?
The reasons are obvious: Tape makes a stick easier to hold. Tape “softens” the blade, making it easier to corral a pass, lets the puck linger in your cagey control, or allows you to snap a precise wrister through the five-hole. Tape protects the blade, helping it survive the brunt of your cannonading slap shots.
That last one is especially important in this age of one-piece composite sticks, even the mid-range versions of which can easily run more than $100.
Look, no one is going to stop you from using duct tape on the knob of your stick. But, if your gloves get all gummed up with oozing adhesive, don’t blame us.
Standard hockey tape is made of cloth. It can be used on the grip or the blade. It is widely available. There are two sizes: 1-inch (thin) and 1.5-inch (thick), the latter of which is generally used by goalies.
Some players prefer grip tape on the handle, which is spongier than hockey tape. Tennis players use a lot of this stuff.
Athletic tape, gaffers tape and friction tape aren’t unheard of on either end of the stick. Electrical tape is usually not wide enough to be used easily, but will do in a pinch.
And, yes, there are all kinds of colors available. But remember, the puck is black. Black tape might make it harder for a defender to easily pick your pocket. Also remember, the ice is white. White tape may disguise your blade, making it more difficult for goalies to read your shot.
Get a Grip
Taping grips is a bit of an art, because there’s some construction involved.
One of the objects in taping the grip is to build up a knob at the butt end of the stick. When one hand comes off the stick, having that knob is like a knot at the end of a rope — a little something extra for the remaining hand to hold onto.
Figure a good 20 directly overlapping courses at the end of the stick. You might prefer something bigger to grab, in which case you’d do a few more laps.
From there, wind a single, slightly overlapping (or heavily overlapping, depending on your preference) course of tape at least as far as your top gloved hand extends beneath the knob.
Some players like a softer grip, so they’ll overlap the hockey tape with grip tape. The grip tape tends not to hold as well as hockey tape, so pinning down the bottom with a quick lap of hockey tape isn’t a bad idea.
Making the Blade Grade
Start taping at the heel. Stick the tape to the front of the blade, with the end extending a half-inch or so over the top of the blade and adhering to the back. Wind down the front side and up the back side. If you want a slightly softer feel and more durable protection, you will want to almost completely overlap successive winds, then smooth out any pockets or ridges as you go. Toe to heel is also an option – follow the same pattern, but start at the toe!
Some players prefer to stop short of the end of the blade. If you do that, tear the tape so that it just overlaps the top of the blade.
If you tape the entire blade, make a few extra passes past the end. Firmly press together the excess tape and fold it back and forth across the end of the blade before trimming. Some players then like to take a puck and scrape, as a contractor might a wallpaper blade, against the top, bottom, sides and end of the tape job to better ensure adherence.
How To Tape a Hockey Stickby Source For Sports Hockey A Beginner’s guide to taping a Hockey stick, for players and goalies alike!
Hockey players are often a superstitious bunch; they believe that the way they put on their gear, tie their skate laces or their pre-game music playlist all have an influence on their performance.
As a parent with a child who is new-to-hockey, you will see these behaviors develop as your child rises through the ranks. Even as a spectator, you may have some rituals that “help” your team win the game.
There are probably as many ways to tape a hockey stick blade and handle as there are variations in hockey jerseys. However, when you are first starting in hockey with your child, there are a few basic techniques to tape a hockey stick correctly so that your child can learn to do it themselves.
Let’s Talk Tape
Not all tapes are created equal. You want tape that unwinds evenly from the roll, and is sturdy enough to resist moisture and abrasion without being bulky. Tape protects the blade of the stick and will give better “puck feel”, meaning that your child will have better control of the puck when receiving a pass or taking a shot. This will help them learn how to handle the puck, developing their skill and making the game more fun.
The most common hockey tape is made of cloth, and although there are some patterned tapes, as your child’s skill level rises, he or she will only be using black or white tape, both of which have certain advantages. White tape on the blade shows the puck clearly and helps your child learn to maneuver the puck because they can see it against their blade. Black tape is often used by players with more skill, as it camouflages the puck, making it harder for the opposing team’s players and goalie to see it. Goalies always use white tape on the blade of their paddle because they absolutely need to see where the puck is!
On the shaft and handle of the stick, tape provides a sure grip, especially for the upper hand which is the one that controls the stick and helps your youngster handle the puck. You only need to tape down about 1 ½ glove lengths, leaving the lower hand able to easily slide on the shaft.
Creating a knob on the butt end of the stick helps your child from having their upper hand slide off the stick, lessening the chance they will drop it on the ice. It should not be so big that it interferes with the glove, or gets caught on their jersey. Goalies, on the other hand, will want to create a huge knob so there is no way they will lose their grip off the end.
White tape won’t leave marks on the palm of your child’s glove as much as black tape. Otherwise, the color on the stick handle is personal preference. The butt-end is a great place to use tape with fun patterns.
Clear tape is used to hold up the hockey socks. Most hockey undergarments will have Velcro garters that attach the top of the hockey sock onto, but going around one or two times around the sock over the shin guard will ensure that socks stay put. Never use clear hockey tape on your stick blade or handle!
Taping the Blade
Using either white or black tape, you will be starting from the heel of the blade and working your way to the toe. By going in this direction, the tape will lie flat on the bottom of the blade and be smooth on the ice.
Hold the stick with the blade front up and facing you in your non-dominant hand. Using the other hand and starting at the backside of the blade, affix the end of the tape on the blade and bring the roll of tape over the top of the blade and down the front. Continue to circle over and around the blade, keeping the tension on the roll of tape as your go around, overlapping each layer of tape by about ¼” (0.6 cm).
Continue towards the toe of the blade until you have about 2 inches (5 cm) of blade left showing. The most important thing is to apply the tape as smoothly as possible all the way, so that there will be no friction on the bottom, and no weird puck bounces off wrinkles.
Once you have taped almost to the toe, end the tape by tearing it at the top of the blade. You don’t want to leave the end tail at the bottom of the blade as it will start to peel from contact with the ice.
Smooth the tape down to secure it and adhere the edges on one another.
Taping the Butt
Start by going around the very end of the tape several times to create several layers of tape. This makes the knob that will help keep the stick end from slipping through your child’s glove. Players only need enough of a bump to provide a barrier, but goalies will need a much bigger knob on the end of their stick to reduce the chances of dropping it at the crucial moment.
In the same manner as the blade, continue to spiral down the stick handle, carefully overlapping each layer by about ¼ inch. End the tape once you have reached an area that is approximately 1 and ½ glove’s length with a final, even revolution.
Some young players will have their stick taped with an extra “grip” ridge. This is achieved by pulling out a length of tape (3 ft / 91 cm), letting the roll create weight at the bottom and twirling it to create a rope. This is then applied in a loose coil from the point in the shaft where you want it to end, and winding it up to the top where you will begin to create the knob. You will then continue in the overlap fashion back down the shaft, covering the tape rope. This method may slightly help your child keep a grip on the stick, but will interfere with the ability to slide their hands.
You will need to remove and reapply tape when it shows wear, especially on the bottom of the blade. For the new player, this could be every few games. For the elite player, this could be during a game. It is always a good idea to have several rolls of tape in your child’s hockey bag. Now that your child’s stick is taped learn How To Dress your Child in their Hockey Gear!
Taping a stick is one of the rites of passage for hockey players, and everyone will develop their own techniques. If you have your own unique way to tape your hockey stick let us know on Facebook or Instagram!
Don’t get stuck with hockey tape problems! Come visit us in store at your local Source For Sports and we can demonstrate how it is done so your child is ready to hit the ice.
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Best Field Hockey Goalie Sticks
Our exciting new research into sporting goods reveals what is the most used field hockey goalie stick brand by international players!
Not unexpected, but the results clearly show that the OBO field hockey stick is the most trusted by field hockey goalkeepers around the world. Harrow Sports is a manufacturer that strives to always bring the best technology to the forefront when making their sports equipment and their field hockey sticks are no exception.
The Kookaburra brand is very popular among UK keepers and is a very trusted brand also. The most surprising result here was that Grays didn’t make it any higher on the list. While they do have a comprehensive goalkeeping stick range, they tend to be on the cheaper side and don’t quite offer the same levels of strength and balance that you will find with OBO field hockey or TK field hockey goalie stick brands.
Check out our list of most recommended and best field hockey goalie stick brands currently available for 2019. Among these top brands you will find OBO, STX, Grays, Harrow Sports, and Kookaburra.
OBO Fatboy Field Hockey Goalie Stick
This is one of the most expensive goalie sticks out there, which isn’t too surprising as it is an OBO. This brand has been around for a while and only provides top quality field hockey goalie gear. This stick is a slightly heavier goalie stick and was designed to allow for a more powerful hit. It is extremely well balanced, however, so it’s still quick to move.
The head of this goalie stick is re-curved, and the lower shaft is shaped to deliver a larger stopping area. The Fatboy field hockey goalie stick also has an extended length grip and oval-shaped shaft that creates more of a comfortable and natural hand grip.
The toe for this stick is a hook and is the most commonly used toe for a goalie stick. You will also find that it is made with full-composite construction.OBO Goalie Field Hockey Stick
STX Field Hockey Shield Goalie Stick
This goalie stick is a well-priced stick that will serve any player well. It has an excellent shape for hitting the ball out of the D and sweeping. Different than a lot of field hockey goalie sticks, the STX Shield has a 22mm bow allowing for great ball control.
It is a lightweight stick as any good keeper’s stick should be with a bit of flex to it due to the 100% fiberglass construction. The stick has the standard goalie hook toe also. Overall, it is a great entry-level to intermediate goalkeeper stick for field hockey.
- Composition: 100% Fiberglass
- Stick Weight: 530g for a 35″ stick
- Bow: 22mm
- The shape and 100% fiberglass construction of the Shield gives keepers the control they need when using their stick to play the ball
- Hook shape for increased surface area when stopping and clearing
- Engineered to cushion the ball upon impact and minimize deflection for accurate clearing
- Toe shape increases surface contact with the ball for more controlled sweeps
Grays GX5000 Goalie Field Hockey Stick
One of Grays’s proven models, the GX5000 is a great weapon for any elite or advanced goalie. It features a thin and lightweight design allowing a goalie to move the stick quickly to make a save. Getting more power when hitting to clear the ball is increased with the higher carbon content of this stick, making it stiffer than the GX5000.
The thin and light design of this field hockey goalie stick allows the goalie to maintain the control and power they need. It has a specially shaped blade and extended hook as well which goes a long way in increasing the stopping area.
- Bow: 20 mm
- Toe: Hook
- Composition: Aramid, Carbon, Fiberglass
- Grip: Traction Hi-Soft
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Harrow Sports Ninja Field Hockey Goalie Stick
This goalie hockey stick by Harrow Sports allows any goalie to block shots like a ninja. It is a lightweight field hockey stick that is made with 10% carbon to help reduce the rebound distance after each shot is blocked.
This field hockey stick for goalies also has a zig-zag design to it and this design helps to maximize the goal coverage area.
- 16-mm Bow
- Option of 36-inch, 36-inch, or 37-inch
- 90% Fiberglass construction
- 10% Carbon construction
Kookaburra Goal Keepers Goalie Field Hockey Stick
This field hockey goalie stick is a popular model by Kookaburra and is available in a length of 36.5-inches. It has a pro hold grip that allows the goalie to have a better grip on the stick while blocking. The G-Hook head shape also allows for more well balanced hand positions and movement as well.
It is a good field hockey stick for goalies of all skill levels and its duo core construction offers more in the way of both power and stability during gameplay.
- 36.5-inches in length
- G-Bow Technology
- Carbon fiberglass construction
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- Rounded lower handle shape makes it easy to slide stick thereby extending reach.
- Ultrabow blade profile to enable stick saves.
- Micro headshape
- Fiberglass reinforced mulberry wood
- Hybrid heel protection for added durability
This goalie field hockey stick by Grays features a rounded lower handle shape which makes it easier to slide the field hockey stick and extend the reach as a goalie. This means more blocked shots and a better coverage area.
Its ultrabow blade profile helps enable stick saves and the stick is made from a fiberglass reinforced mulberry wood with hybrid heel protection for even more durability while out on the field. Its straight handle design allows the goalie to more easily sweep balls on the ground and it has a very lightweight design overall.
- Ultrabow – 20mm
- Maxi toe shape
- Weight: 540 grams
Harrow Festival Field Hockey Goalie Stick
Harrow has created a great field hockey goalie stick here that has a double reinforced shaft which is durable and lightweight. The sticks “zig-zag” toe gives maximum coverage in order to make more saves. The stick is wrapped in a Kevlar sleeve, which helps absorb a lot of impact.
If you are looking for the perfect combination of both affordability and performance, then you will definitely find it if you purchase the Harrow Festival Field hockey goalie stick. It is durable and offers any goalie the best goal line coverage possible.
- J-Zig Zag head shape
- Made of composite materials
- Length: 36-inches
Goalie Stick Buying Guide
Sizing a Goalie Stick
A good goalie stick will work to help enhance the goalie’s stance and movement. The right size stick will allow the goaltender to keep the blade flush and centered between the toes of the pads. The blocker should then rest on the outer edge of the pad.
Types of Goalie Sticks
There are four types to choose from, including wood, foam core, hybrid, and composite goalie sticks. The wood sticks are the heaviest of all the options, but they do allow for much greater balance. The most popular choice would be the foam core sticks. The foam helps keep the total weight down, which helps greatly with weight distribution and adds to its overall durability.
Hybrids have components of both the foam core and composite sticks and benefit from the lighter weight as well. Composite goalie sticks are hollow and contain a small amount of foam. This is the lightest weight option you can currently find when it comes to goalie sticks.
Goalie Stick Curves
Usually, the curve of the stick really depends on the goalkeeper’s preferences; however, you still want to make sure that you have the ultimate shooting ability and you want to be able to quickly redirect the pucks when needed. This should all be considered and kept in mind when looking for the best field hockey goalie sticks.
Goalie Hockey Stick FAQ
What size goalie stick should I purchase?
When choosing a goalie stick, you want to be sure that the thicker part of the stick is long enough so that you can achieve the proper goalie stance. Your knees should be bent with the stick flat in front of your toes. The blocker should then be aligned with the leg pad so that it is not overlapping.
What is a full right goalie stick?
If you are a regular goalie, then you wear your catching glove on your left hand, and you block with the right hand. Regular goalie sticks are held ion the right hand and are typically curved like a left-handed player’s stick. A full right goalie wears the catcher on the right hand and instead blocks with the left.
Should goalie sticks be curved?
There are several types to choose from when looking for a goalie stick. However, full right goalie sticks are curved, and the paddle on the goalie stick is the wider portion that starts halfway down the shaft and then continues toward the blade.
What other field hockey goalie equipment do I need?
In addition to the goalie stick, you should also have shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, gloves, a face mask, and a jockstrap for the ultimate protection during gameplay.
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HORSE stick attachment
HORS offers hockey hockey players and professionals a line of dedicated hockey stick grips. Comfortable, original, possessing all the unique technical characteristics of silicone – these handles are indispensable for athletes of any age and level of sports training.
Sports goods under the brand name “Horse” is another actively developing direction in the production of consumer goods made of silicone.HORS offers a range of dedicated hockey stick grips to both amateur and professional athletes.
Made of high quality silicone, the handles have a number of undeniable advantages:
- Protect gloves from rubbing!
- Provides a secure grip for control of the puck.
- Quick and easy to attach to the handle.
- Easily restore appearance.
- Product shelf life is unlimited.
As the athletes themselves say, the stick is “an extension of the hockey player’s hand”, so it is not surprising that each athlete strives to ideally prepare the main part of his equipment for an individual style of play, for the tasks set by the coach and the team. The HORSE silicone grip provides maximum control over the puck and ensures that the stick will not let the player down and will not fall out of the hands at the most crucial moment.
Now HORS produces the following types of handles:
- The silicone handle on the stick is corrugated (due to its special texture, it provides perfect contact with the glove).
- Silicone grip for the hockey stick with a fabric backing (fabric soldered into the silicone provides increased strength).
- Silicone grip on the golf club – “insulating tape” structure (imitates the classic “winding”, gives the handle high elasticity).
- Silicone handle for the goalkeeper (for a special stick – a special handle adapted to the special role of a goal defender).
It is very easy to install the handle on the club, just follow the instructions on the package:
– Before installing the handle, clean the upper grip of the club handle.
– Moisten the upper grip of the club handle with water.
– Moisten the inner surface of the silicone stick handle with water.
– Put on, rotating in different directions, the silicone handle in place of the upper grip of the stick handle. Let the water dry completely at room temperature for 2-3 hours. To shorten the drying time, the handle can be heated (no more than 100 ° C).
– To restore the appearance of the silicone handle, wash it with detergents.
– The stick with the handle on must be thoroughly dried before use.
Commodity Dictionary | To | Hockey sticks
Hockey stick is an accessory for playing hockey, consisting of a handle and a hook, which are one piece. The golf clubs belong to the group of sporting goods.
There are three types of sticks: for playing field hockey, for playing ice hockey, for playing grass hockey.
Hockey sticks are made from several balls of wood and are made of wood the end of the hook to the end of the handle. To thicken the handle from the wide lateral sides, beech, maple, ash or birch overlays were glued. The handle, for a more secure grip by hand, was wrapped with chevret or textovinite, and its end was upholstered with a strap 6-8 mm wide.To strengthen the hook, an insert was glued into its end, the fibers of which were located perpendicular to the fibers of the hook wood. To soften the impact on the ball, the hook was twisted to a length of 12-15 cm with a belt made of an outgrowth or half-leather chrome-tanned, or raw material. Belt width 8-10 mm, thickness 1.8-2.0 mm. Produced in one size. The main dimensions ( cm ): length when measured on the outside from the end of the handle to the end of the hook 120, the width of the hook 6, the thickness of the hook at the bottom 0.8-1.0, above 0.7-0.8; weight no more than 450 g.
Ice hockey sticks
Ice hockey sticks: a – for players; b – for the goalkeeper
Hockey sticks were produced in two types: for players and for goalkeepers.
Sticks for players differed in manufacturing method and sizes: for masters of sports, mass and children.Hockey sticks were made of beech or ash wood, children’s clubs, in addition, could be made of maple or oak wood. The hook with the handle was connected “on-mustache” or with the help of a special insert fastened to the hook and with the handle also “on-mustache” (in clubs for masters of sports). Hooks for mass and children’s clubs are massive, made from a single piece of wood, the hooks for masters of sports are glued from three plates along the length. In order to prevent splitting in large and children’s clubs, an insert was glued into the hook, the fibers of which were located perpendicular to the fibers of the hook wood.
To match the player’s height, the clubs were made of four numbers: 1, 2, 3 and 4, characterized by different angles of attachment of the hook to the handle: No. 1 – 128 °, No. 2 – 130 °, No. 3 – 132 °, No. 4 – 135 °.
The main dimensions of ice hockey sticks (in cm)
Sticks for goalkeepers had a more massive hook and a handle broadened in the lower part.Three numbers were made, depending on the angle between the hook and the handle: No. 1 – 122 °, No. 2 – 125 °, No. 3 – 128 °.
Grass hockey stick (early type)
Grass hockey sticks were made of two types: massive hooks , and glued, in which the hook was glued to the handle with a wedge “on the mustache”. Made from beech or ash wood.The left or right side of the hook, in relation to the player’s place on the field, was made flat, its reverse side was round or semicircular with a radius of 2.5—3.5 cm. The hook was bent along a radius of 12—20 cm. The handle was wrapped around it by hand for a more secure grip insulating tape, leather (chevrette) or braid. To match the player’s height, six numbers were made: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Main dimensions of grass hockey sticks (in cm)
Requirements to quality: hockey sticks by the sixties were made from healthy, without knots, rot, cross-layer and curliness of wood with a moisture content of 10-15%, wood fibers should be located in the hook parallel to the supporting edge, in the handle – parallel to the axis of symmetry of the handle; surfaces should be smooth, clean, free of dents, cracks, covered with light oil varnish or nitro varnish, without streaks, roughness, tackiness and gaps; the straps on the hook had to be tight and tight.Depending on the quality of the finish, they were produced in the 1st and 2nd grades.
The sticks were produced by local industry enterprises according to the technical specifications of the Committee on Physical Culture and Sports under the Council of Ministers of the USSR: 1688—54 (hockey sticks), 1325—54 (ice hockey sticks – players), 123-53 (ice hockey sticks for the goalkeeper), 1543-53 (ice hockey sticks for children), VTU. (sticks for playing grass hockey). Marking: on each stick, by decal or embossing, the manufacturer and grade are indicated, and on the grass hockey sticks, in addition, the weight is indicated (in g ).The sticks were packed in paper in 10 pieces, tying the pack with twine. Packs of 5 were placed in boxes. Should be stored in dry rooms on horizontal racks.
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The stick is an athlete’s main tool. And this tool should be as convenient as possible.As you know, the stick is held with two hands – on top and approximately in the middle of the stick of the stick, and surely each of you saw that there is a kind of handle at the top of the stick. We will talk about it now.
In fact, this handle can create certain comfort or discomfort for the athlete. The club is always held on top, and it is desirable that this “handle” is as comfortable as possible. Hockey players, as a rule, make this very “handle” in one of three ways — with the help of:
- Hockey Ribbon
- Stick tip.
- Silicone tape.
With the tape, everything is simple – you wrap the upper end of the club, maybe even in several layers, the way you want. Some hockey players like the handle to be thick, some on the contrary. In general, using hockey tape, you can do anything. But there are also disadvantages of this method – tape is sticky , and the gaiter can stick to it, plus the tape quite quickly creates rubbing on the palm of the gaiter.
Tip for a stick.
Club Tip is a one-piece silicone hob tip that simply needs to be donned. The tip for the club fits snugly against the club itself, it feels moderately soft, and most importantly, such a tip does not spoil your leggings. But you will not have the opportunity to make it, for example, thicker, or quickly change it on the game – he dresses with a decent effort, and sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes of time, and this is half the period.
Silicone tape tactilely resembles a club tip, but attaches like a tape, that is, it must be wound around the end of the club. The method is certainly interesting, but as practice shows, such a tape unwinds very quickly, and thereby causes inconvenience to athletes. Yes, the tips can be made of ordinary rubber, but this is not very comfortable – the feeling from the doctors is much more pleasant, and the rubber can ruin the palm of the gaiter.
The tip for the club is our choice.
The tip for the stick is probably the best option. Despite the fact that it will not be possible to quickly replace it in the event that it breaks, we still suggest that you stop your attention on it. The most important plus is that it does not spoil the palm of the gaiter. Yes, and in fact, such a tip breaks very rarely, and the sensations from use are only positive. Yes, it takes some time to get used to, but it’s worth it.At the moment, these tips are available in almost every hockey store and are not expensive, which makes them even more attractive for hockey players of all levels. Generally, MAD GUY and Horse tips are sold in stores in St. Petersburg and Moscow .90,000 Sports in your yard. Ice hockey goalkeeper game
Tips for aspiring hockey players
Working with trap
The goalkeeper’s main tool of labor is a trap.It allows you not only to protect your goal, to demonstrate dexterity and reaction. With its help, the goalkeeper stops the attack of the opponents, fixing the puck, and starts the attack of his team, giving the puck to the stick to the defender or the attacker. It is easy to catch the puck if you have a dexterous hand and a well-developed reaction. Then you will not only be able to protect the goal from a goal, but you will also shine in front of the audience, who really appreciate the ability to catch the puck. This is art, and it needs to be learned. It is very important how the goalkeeper acts with the trap itself.There are subtleties here. Firstly, all the pucks flying under the free hand, on which the trap is put on, must be caught with it. Do not try to hit the puck flying towards the trap with a pancake or stick. This is inconvenient and bad, but for some reason sometimes goalkeepers find this whim, and they begin to interfere with themselves. The trap first moves towards the flying puck with an accuracy of a centimeter, is located at a convenient angle depending on the direction of flight of the puck, opens and just before contact with the puck is pulled back to the body, moving with the puck in one direction.This softens the force of the impact, the puck does not jump out of the trap, and the trap closes. All these actions are performed within one second. Do not forget about the speed of its flight: it is so high that sometimes the puck simply cannot be seen if you look inattentively.
It is important to choose a place
Washers flying into the goal at a height of half a meter and above are fought off with a pancake shield, a wide handle of a goalkeeper’s stick, caught in a trap, reflected by the body. The pucks flying on the ice or not high above it are repulsed with a stick hook or with shields fastened to the goalkeeper’s feet.
Correct positioning by the goalkeeper is very important in goal defense in hockey. Should the goalkeeper “lose” the gate by a few tens of centimeters, and he may no longer help out his team.
Therefore, the dizzying jumps and splits that some hockey goalkeepers use indicate not only their excellent reaction, but, unfortunately, their inability to choose the right place in the goal. In order to avoid losing the correct position, the goalkeeper should not be on the goal line, but be half a meter in front of it, moving in the goal area mainly by sliding, in which the skates do not come off the ice.The goalkeeper must always be in front of the puck, thus reducing the angle of fire.
How the goalkeeper uses his stance is also important. If you are in goal, then you can stand either in a high stance, or in a low, or in an average. The middle stance expresses a state of semi-readiness, it allows you not to relax, watching the puck, and in time to go into a low stance when the opponent’s attack appears in your protection zone. With a low stance, which is the main working position of the goalkeeper, you need to fully group: the semi-squat position, the trap at the ready, deployed and directed towards the puck, the stick is level with the hook on the ice, the spine, shoulders and chest are straightened, the body is tilted forward, the legs are on a short distance from each other, the neck sits tightly in the neck, the chin is pushed forward so that the full picture of what is happening on the site is visible….
The high stance is used when nothing threatens your goal: you can relax and stand up to your full height, allowing your muscles to rest. It is recommended to give yourself a rest more often, using all the possibilities for this: the players of your team own the puck, the game is stopped, the puck is in the opponents’ defensive zone.
Throwing the puck
Goalkeeping is becoming more and more active now. Until recently, having caught the puck, the goalkeeper could press it to the ice with peace of mind or fix it in a trap until the referee whistle to stop the meeting.Now this is considered almost bad form: after all, the audience who came to the stadium and the spectators in front of the TV are waiting for a spectacle: All this leaves its mark on the game: hockey players try to make it continuous and dynamic in order to please their spectators. Therefore, the goalkeeper tries to take possession of the puck and immediately return it to the game. But don’t get too carried away with it: you won’t please all the fans anyway. Proceed from a sense of proportion and expediency.
If the situation is unreliable, it is better to wait for the referee’s whistle and poison the puck for a throw-in, let the fans whistle, it won’t hurt them.After all, more than once the goalkeepers, in a hurry and succumbing to nervous excitement, gave the puck directly to the stick of the opponents, which they used without any embarrassment. If there is no defender or striker nearby. free from the guardianship of a player of the opposite team, it is better not to risk it.
The goalkeeper has one weapon. very effective, but also risky, this is the so-called goalkeeper tackle.
It is advisable to use it when a flanking forward of rivals comes out to your goal.As a rule, this technique, performed in a timely manner, works flawlessly. If the attacker is driving in the center of the field, in a straight line, then it is better to replace the tackle with an exit from the gate to reduce the angle of fire and apply it only in case of a stroke, but not during a throw or, what is completely bad before him.
Goalkeepers are polite people
In general, try to limit your actions to the goal area: modern attackers tend to act harshly, like to knock, and you, as a goalkeeper, it is better to take care of yourself and your goal than to engage in an unequal power struggle with an opponent rushing at high speed.Some goalkeepers masterfully defend their goal with one skillful movement of the stick, which knocks the puck off a gaping striker.
You may have noticed that goalkeepers are usually polite people, which is good. They do not like to quarrel, rarely get into a fight. There is one reason for this behavior, which is rooted in hockey rules: if the referee removes the goalkeeper, the team will no longer be able to replace him with a substitute. Imagine how hard it is to play a match without a goalkeeper! Therefore, being polite with your opponents, do not forget about caution, do not lose your composure, do not quarrel with the referee, otherwise he will send you off, which is tantamount to defeat in the match.
Tips for the goalkeeper
The goalkeeper’s share is not easy. No matter how good the goalkeeper is, no matter how he helps out his partners, reflecting the most inconceivable goals, all the same, his place in the team is second. Hockey is, first of all, an attacking game, which is interesting not because of how the team defends itself, but because of what beautiful goals it scores. And you will have to come to terms with it, otherwise a conflict with yourself is inevitable.
Later, when you are overwhelmed by the fact that not every puck can be beaten off, you will be able to develop a master in yourself who, in any situation, tries to give all his best to the end, to show all his abilities.Which ones? First of all, there is no fear of the puck: the goalkeeper cannot be afraid of it if he is a real goalkeeper.
Secondly, it is the concentration of attention, which is inextricably linked with the reaction to what is happening. This is art. The goalkeeper cannot be in constant tension – he will not withstand such a load during the entire match. You need to be able to relax in time and instantly gather yourself together if necessary. But the reflex, aimed at getting the puck off or caught, has to work constantly, every minute during the match.
Here is what Vladislav Tretyak says : “The goalkeeper has a lot of reflexes based on one common urge not to miss the puck. will catch it with his bare hand. It’s a reflex. ”
The goalkeeper sees the whole picture of the attack and can help his defenders with practical and concise advice. But keep in mind, here you have to be very cool. In the game, it is better to remain silent than to say too much.This is especially true of criticism of teammates. Take care of them, and they will take good care of you. The goalkeeper tends to be very worried about a conceded puck, especially at the beginning of his career. And here criticism from partners can play a devastating role. The coach understands everything and will not scold, but the coach at the moment of the goal is far away, on the bench, and the heated and upset partners are nearby. …
Not everyone can hear encouraging words at such a moment, like: “Everything is fine, we will win back, you are great.”But even if you hear from a teammate rude and accusation of a missed puck, do not allow yourself to sour from this – so you will most likely miss another puck after the first shot at your goal. Be able to cope with yourself, be able to forgive yourself for your mistakes, be able to lose and continue the game, starting over. This is the only way you can become a good goalkeeper, not a neurotic.
The goalkeeper, like no one else, cannot be “burned out” before the match, become overwhelmed, fall under the power of his fear of an opponent and defeat.This is such a simple rule, and it is it that is most often not followed, and the most eminent emasters often do not cope with their emotions. So, Vladislav Tretyak, regarding one match that our team lost to the national team of Czechoslovakia, said that the loss took place even before the start of the match, before entering the field: “We were afraid of ourselves.”
Therefore, it is very important to be able to tune in before playing. This can take different amounts of time and effort for different people. For one, it is enough just to pull himself together, and in a minute he is in full shape, the other will walk and collect his will and strength for a whole hour, for the third it is enough to sit quietly for fifteen minutes, doing self-hypnosis or simply relaxing, not thinking about anything …
Never be in a rush to get down on your knees while shooting is a common mistake made by budding goalkeepers who try this way. block as much of the door space as possible and thus block the path of the puck. And the puck still finds its way, while the goalkeeper is in a sedentary state on his knees and can no longer react to its flight. He just doesn’t have enough time. Just half a second.
All the time, look to see if the goal has “left” – you should always be in that place of the goalkeeper’s area, which is being attacked, so that it would be easier to hit or catch the puck.Although the hockey goal is small, you, alas, will not be able to get the puck from the left corner, being in the right one. Even if you manage to quickly react to it, you will hardly be able to jump to it like a football goalkeeper: in skates, on the ice, and even in all the goalkeeper’s ammunition, this is almost impossible.
Do not be distracted by opponents in front of the goal and fighting for the puck. They, of course, will interfere with you, but the defenders’ business is pushing with them, your goal is the puck, watch it, let the referee watch the rest: do not forget that the goalkeeper cannot be attacked, so a goal scored in violation of the rules against the goalkeeper is not will be counted.
And one more important point: try to protect the gate from the first goal as long as possible. The attackers of the opponents are usually exhausted, just to score a goal in the first minutes of the meeting, to create a reserve and destabilize the goalkeeper. If they succeed, the victory in the match is often won already in the first period, the last two periods, hockey players simply retain their advantage.
Based on the book “Hockey for Boys” by G.P. Mikhalkin
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