Fall - time for families to shift gears along with the weather from outdoor activities such as biking, blading and baseball to indoor sports like hockey, ringette, basketball and soccer. For many families back to school shopping not only means stocking up on school supplies, but also on the latest and greatest sporting equipment for a new season of sports.
For equipment intensive sports like hockey and ringette, it is essential to know your child's equipment needs before heading off to registration or a sporting goods store. Having a checklist will help in determining your child's equipment needs, the amount of money you plan to spend and where you can get the best value.
You can save money by purchasing quality used equipment and by trading in last year's outgrown equipment. Check out a store that accepts quality used equipment on trade-in's or consignment - it's a great way to cut costs before the season begins. Having a checklist will save you time in getting your children the equipment they need before the fun starts.
So whether your family chooses new or quality used equipment this fall, the most important aspect to remember is to purchase equipment that fits properly this year, not next year when he/she grows into it. Organized sports are a great way for children to make new relationships while enjoying the benefits of being both a team player and team leader.
If you know of a child who may need financial assistance for equipment and/or registration fees, you can contact KidSport Calgary to determine their eligibility for a grant.
Minor Hockey Calgary
Calgary Minor Soccer Association
Calgary Soccer Centre
Calgary Minor Basketball Association
Leah is the marketing manager for Sport Swap. For more information, she can be reached at 255-4688, ext: 27.
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