Category: HOCKEY

DEMO KOOKABURRA HOCKEY STICKS AT MOORABBIN

Range of demo hockey sticks at our Moorabbin store

Range of demo hockey sticks at our Moorabbin store

 

Try before you buy!

At our Moorabbin store, we have a range of Kookaburra demo hockey sticks. These demo hockey sticks are mid-range up to international player sticks.

For example, Liam De Young uses the Team Midas; Teneal Attard uses the Team Phoenix. Both of these hockey sticks are available at our Moorabbin store.

Visit us in store to loan one of our demo hockey sticks to try out at training, at school or in a match – no charge!

All Smart Card members save 10% off all hockey equipment. Come in store or view the range of hockey equipment online.

HOW TO MOULD YOUR MOUTHGUARD

One of our most popular blog posts has always been our guide to moulding mouthguards.

This is a guide only – it is important to carefully follow any specific instructions detailed in the leaflet included with your mouthguard purchase.

Using a mouthguard in contact sports – such as hockey, AFL, soccer, rugby and boxing – is very important, especially for junior players. A properly fitted mouthguard is essential for protection. The most popular type of mouthguard is the self-fit, which is heated and then formed to fit your mouth.

To mould a mouthguard:

1. Boil a small pot of water, then transfer the boiling water into a ceramic bowl.

2. Submerge the mouthguard for about 20 seconds. The mouthguard should have instructions for the correct amount of time. Remember, the mouthguard should be heated to the point that you are able to mould it, not the point where it starts to melt.

3. Remove the mouthguard from the water using a spoon or its fitting handle (if one was supplied). Do not squeeze as this may deform the mouthguard.

4. Cool the mouthguard either by dipping it in cool water or air-drying. Check your mouthguard instructions to see if water is recommended. You only need to cool the mouthguard to the point where you can put it in your mouth without burning yourself.

5. Place the mouthguard into your mouth to mould it. Push the mouthguard against your teeth with your fingers and bite down for about 30 seconds. Pull the guard tighter to your teeth by placing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and sucking the air and water out.

6. Now you need to cool the mouthguard. Some instructions advise that the guard is cooled rapidly after it has been fitted by dipping it in cold water, or by keeping it in the mouth while drinking some cool water.

* If the mouthguard does not fit properly, you can remould it by starting the process again.

Using a mouth-formed mouthguard is the easiest way to ensure the mouthguard fits perfectly to your mouth. Be sure to inspect your mouthguard frequently and replace it if it becomes deformed or you notice that the edges become jagged.

Sportsmart stocks a variety of mouthguards from Signature and Opro for both seniors and juniors.

Our Signature mouthguards are available in Type 1 (entry-level), Type 2 (available in club colours) and Type 3 (Vipa – includes a polycarbonate insert).

Our Opro range includes the Opro Junior, Opro Bronze, Opro Silver, Opro Gold and Opro Platinum, available in a variety of colours and in an Ortho option.

You can view our range of mouthguards online or visit a store to select the type that will best suit your sporting needs.

Opro Platinum Mouthguard

Opro Platinum Mouthguard

Opro Ortho Gold Mouthguard - black

Opro Ortho Gold Mouthguard – black

Opro Silver Mouthguard - white

Opro Silver Mouthguard – white

Opro Bronze Mouthguard - black

Opro Bronze Mouthguard – black

 

Opro Junior Mouthguard - yellow

Opro Junior Mouthguard – yellow

HOW TO CHOOSE A HOCKEY STICK

by Thomas Kilpatrick

Bat Sports Category Manager

Size

When choosing a hockey stick, it is important to get the right size.

A good rule of thumb is the hockey stick should sit from the ground to between your waist and your belly button.

This ‘rule’ may vary depending on your age and the position you play.

For example, a junior hockey player would fit to the belly button to allow more growing room. A defender would use a larger and heavier stick than a forward, because a defender wants a better reach, and a forward wants better control (which you get with a shorter hockey stick).

To look after your hockey stick, ensure you use a shaft guard to protect the head. This will help with contact from the ground or other players’ sticks.

Material

Hockey sticks can be made from different types of materials: wood, fibreglass, carbon fibre and aramid.

A basic hockey stick is made from wood, and has fibreglass reinforcement to lighten and strengthen the stick. Eg. Kookaburra Crush Junior $29.99, ideal for beginner players.

Kookaburra Crush Wood Junior Hockey Stick 2015

Kookaburra Crush Wood Junior Hockey Stick 2015

The next level of hockey stick is made mostly out of fibreglass with a bit of carbon fibre for extra power, and is lighter again for better performance. Eg. Grays GX E11 Standard Junior $59.99.

Grays GX E11 Standard Junior Maxi Hockey Stick 2015

Grays GX E11 Standard Junior Maxi Hockey Stick 2015

Hockey stick prices can vary from $19.99 to $349.99; the more carbon and aramid, the better the stick. View our range of hockey sticks online, or in store.

Our Moorabbin store has some demo hockey sticks available, so you can try before you buy. Please visit us in store, or view our online shop, for all your hockey needs.

TIPS ON MOULDING YOUR MOUTHGUARD

Wearing a mouthguard in contact sports is very important, especially for junior players. A properly fitted mouthguard is essential for you to be protected.

How to mould a mouthguard:

Firstly, boil a small pot of water and submerge the mouthguard for about 20 to 30 seconds. Your mouthguard should have instructions for the correct amount of time. Remember, the mouthguard should be heated to the point that you are able to mould it not the point where it is beginning to melt.

Remove the mouthguard from the water using tongs (you do not want to deform the mouthguard by squeezing too tightly). Cool the mouthguard either by dipping it in cool water or allowing it to air dry. Check your mouthguard instructions to see if water is recommended. You only need to cool the mouthguard to the point where you can put it in your mouth without burning yourself.

Place the mouthguard in your mouth to mould it. Push the mouthguard against your teeth with your fingers and bite down lightly. Pull the guard tighter to your teeth by placing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and sucking the air and water out.

Now you need to cool the mouthguard. Some instructions say that the guard needs to cool rapidly after it has been fitted by dipping it in cold water. If the mouthguard does not fit properly, you can remould it by starting the process again.

Using a mouth-formed mouthguard is the easiest way to ensure the mouthguard fits perfectly to your mouth. Be sure to inspect your mouthguard frequently and replace it if it becomes deformed or you notice that the edges become jagged.

Sportsmart stocks a variety of mouthguards for both seniors and juniors. You can view our range of mouthguards online or visit our stores to select the type that will best suit your needs.

OPRO Platinum Mouthguard - blue/red

OPRO Platinum Mouthguard – blue/red

WANT TO BE A SPONSORED HOCKEY PLAYER?

Sportsmart and Gray-Nicolls Sports are giving you the chance to become a sponsored hockey player. Enter and you could win the following prizes:

  • N/C 1 x GX7000 hockey stick
  • G500 shinguards
  • Ultima training bag
  • G7000 hockey shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • T-shirt

Visit http://sportsmart.com.au/2012hockeysponsorship.php and enter your details.

The top six entrants as judged by Sportsmart’s management team will be published online where the general public will be able to vote for their favourite to determine the winner.

Entries close on Thursday 31st May.