Dressing the Part: A Step-By-Step Guide for Roller Hockey Players and Goalies



Hello there, Puck Buds!

Whether you’re a newcomer to roller hockey or a seasoned player, dressing correctly is a vital part of the sport. But with all the gear involved, it can seem overwhelming. Not to worry! We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to help you get dressed and ready to hit the rink.

Roller Hockey Players

  1. Base Layers: Start with moisture-wicking undergarments – a long-sleeved top and full-length bottoms can prevent chafing.
  2. Athletic Cup/Jill Strap: Safety first! Make sure this protective gear is worn over your base layer and secure.
  3. Shin Guards: These should cover your leg from the bottom of the knee to the top of your foot. Make sure they’re centered on your shin.
  4. Socks: Put on your hockey socks and secure them with a garter or tape. These cover your shin guards.
  5. Girdle: This provides protection for your lower spine, hips, and thighs. Make sure it’s tight but comfortable.
  6. Skates: Now, lace up those skates. They should be snug but not so tight that they cut off circulation.
  7. Elbow Pads: Strap on your elbow pads, ensuring they protect the entire elbow joint and don’t restrict movement.
  8. Shoulder Pads: Wear your shoulder pads like a vest, ensuring they cover the chest, back, and upper arms.
  9. Jersey: Put your jersey on over your shoulder pads.
  10. Gloves: Slide your gloves on. They should allow for full finger movement.
  11. Helmet: Finally, put on your helmet. It should be snug but comfortable. Fasten the chin strap securely.


  1. Base Layers and Athletic Cup/Jill Strap: Similar to the players, goalies should start with moisture-wicking undergarments and a protective cup.
  2. Goalie Pants: These offer extra padding. Put them on over your base layers.
  3. Leg Pads: Strap your leg pads on, ensuring they cover from the top of the foot to the upper thigh.
  4. Knee Protectors: These provide additional knee protection and can be strapped on over your leg pads.
  5. Goalie Skates: Lace up your skates. Make sure they are comfortable and provide enough ankle flexibility.
  6. Chest & Arm Protector: This should cover your torso and arms. Ensure it’s snug but not restrictive.
  7. Catch Glove and Blocker: Put on your catch glove and blocker. Check that they allow for enough flexibility and protection.
  8. Goalie Mask with Throat Protector: Finally, put on your goalie mask. Ensure the mask is secure and the throat protector is in place.

Remember, dressing properly for roller hockey is not just about looking good; it’s about ensuring your safety while you play the sport you love. Always take the time to properly gear up before hitting the rink.

Skate on, Puck Buds!

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