You’ve seen Maddie Hinch do the saves, but the key ingredients in her kit bag mark out the essentials you will need to become a great ‘keeper: abdominal guard/box, padded shorts, kickers, leg guards, body armour, arm guards, neck guard, helmet, gloves and stick. Optional extras include additional pelvic guard or box and knee protectors.
For both safety and performance, your kit should fit well – not too tight, not too loose. When stood upright there shouldn’t be any front part of your body without padding or protection in front of it.
PROTECTION v PERFORMANCE
This is a vital consideration. Depending on your standard, goalkeeping brands offer a range of protection and performance. Top line products should offer the best in both. Ultimately goalkeepers take confidence from having kit that does this fundamental job which is to protect. Kickers are one of the most important pieces in this regard.
Goalkeeping requires speed and agility on and off the ground. Fortunately, kit development has progressed to adapt to the rigors of the modern game.
If you have luxury of choice some people like bold colour schemes, others tend to be more subtle. Whatever you prefer – look great, feel great, play great!
BUYING NEW KIT?
If you know what you like and what size then it’s easy, but if you don’t it can be a minefield. Borrow or try another goalkeepers kit for size and preference or go to your nearest hockey shop. This month’s sales are often the best times to buy.
Always check the kicker straps for wear and any other buckle of straps on gloves and leg guards. We will tell you how best to fit and adjust straps in future editions.
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