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Skates and Skating Attire
While there's more to being a good skater than sharp blades and stylish accessories, using the proper equipment really does make a difference. The right equipment facilitates a skater's movement (and a coach's ability to see that movement), while keeping the skater warm in chilly rink conditions. Suitable equipment will also provide an important safety benefit - ill-fitting boots or inappropriate clothing can literally affect a skater's control on the ice.
The following equipment is strongly suggested to foster confidence and success:
Before buying skates, the skater and parent should talk to their pro for advice on the type of boot and blade appropriate for his or her skill level. Blades are generally sold separately from boots. Different blades/toe picks are required depending upon the type and level of skating. Used skates may sometimes be appropriate; ask your pro for information on how to purchase used skates.
For everyone's safety, skaters must be very careful not to drop items from their pockets or from their hair onto the ice. Something as simple as a tissue or hairpin can cause a nasty fall.
Each skater should dress warmly in layers of clothing that can be removed as the skater warms up. Several thin layers are much easier to skate in than one bulky layer. Suggestions for practice attire include:
Skating attire for competition should relate to the music selected for the skater's program and be appropriate for the type of competition (e.g., costumes for artistic competitions are sometimes more elaborate and/or whimsical than costumes for technical competitions). Skaters should ensure that all beading and other attachments are secure and will not fall off onto the ice. Skaters can be disqualified if beads, hairpins, or other items are left on the ice, because they could cause an accident for subsequent skaters. See Testing for information regarding testing attire.
Parents and Spectators: Parents and siblings or guests should also remember to dress warmly for the ice rink. Gloves, boots, sweaters, or coats may be needed. Many parents bring blankets and hot drinks, especially when they watch competitions or exhibitions from the bleachers. The Warm Puppy Coffee Shop is a nice, cozy place to watch the skaters; but not all rinks have an area like this, so be prepared to bundle up when attending competitions at other ice arenas. Please remember that at Snoopy's Home Ice, all spectators - parents included - are invited to watch from the bleachers. However, standing at the railing and talking to skaters on the ice from the railing or the bleachers is not permitted.
SKATE BAG ITEMS
Competitions and Tests: Skaters should add these items to their bag for performance-type situations, such as competitions, tests, and shows.
Important Note: Although it's good to have everything you need readily available during a competition, it's also important to realize that competitions are often hectic, crowded environments where strangers may go unnoticed. Never leave valuables, such as car keys and credit cards, unattended in a locker room or elsewhere during a competition. If a skater's parent is not available to watch his or her valuables during competition, the skater's coach can usually hold the skater's wallet or purse while he or she is on the ice.