Jeremy Mortensen is the equipment manager for the WHA, feel free to contact him with any equipment questions, issues, comments, etc.
FYI- Jeremy doesn't receive the emails sent to the WHA email. Please contact him directly.
Please call or email Jeremy Mortensen for equipment and questions. He does NOT receive responses that get sent to the WHA gmail account, so you must contact him directly.
The WHA has decided to continue on with the Equipment Rental Program. This program was put in place to help families equip there children in a cost effective way, and also help insure that the WHA gets equipment returned when the season is over. We all know that hockey can be expensive, and the WHA would like to do what we can to provide equipment for players without overburdening parents financially. WHA will only charge a non-refundable $20 fee (cash or check), and a $50 Deposit (post-dated check preferred) for equipment, we raised the cost as the WHA has received newer equipment which is more expensive to replace. The fee and deposit covers all equipment rented whether it's just one piece of gear or all pieces of gear, the deposit will be returned when the equipment is handed back in. WHA will do it's best as far as equipment inventory counts go, we especially try and keep enough gear on hand for the younger players (Ponies and Mites), but unfortunately due to cost and fluctuating player numbers equipment is limited, and also the WHA does NOT rent out skates. We will generally have a couple equipment checkout days before the season starts, and Jason will try to be in the equipment room the first weekend of practice, an hour before the Ponies and Mites practices. You can contact Jason Attenberger with any questions regarding equipment and rental.
Aside from the Ponies/Learn to Skate program, the equipment requirements will be the same from Mites through Bantams. Here are the requirements,
Ponies/Learn to Skate: A helmet, mouth guard, and skates are required.
With the wide range of ages and player sizes at this level, we may not have equipment small enough for littlest skaters. For example, if you have a 3 year old starting to play, all the equipment may make them too uncomfortable as it may not fit right, this may push the kid away from hockey. I would recommend a snow suit with warm gloves, this is more than enough padding for the younger "learn to skate" players. As the child grows we can start to put pads on them, but there is no reason to rush the process, let's try and keep hockey fun without forcing all of the equipment on them. You will notice I didn't say a stick is required, well at this level sticks generally won't be used until a player can skate without assistance. When the time comes to get a stick, buy a straight blade stick. We don't necessarily know what hand these kids will shoot with, in time they will gravitate toward their strong side and that is when you can get them a curved blade stick
Mites through Bantams: Helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, shin pads, breezers/hockey pants, hockey socks (for wearing over the shin pads), a jock/cup (they make them for girls and boys), practice jersey, stick, and of course skates. Some coaches may require/request that their team wears neck guards.
These levels are when we are playing games, so we need to have our players fully protected from head to toe.
If you're just getting to theses levels, it's a lot to take on, but feel free to contact Jason Attenberger or any of our coaches for equipment questions/assistance.
The WHA does what it can in regards to goalie equipment, once again cost and player body size limit the amount of goalie equipment we have on hand. We will strive to equip our goalies with the equipment we have available, it may not be the best but it is sufficient. Keep in mind that when it comes to goalie gear that just an inch or two can drastically change the comfort and mobility of the player wearing the pads. The WHA will especially try to get our younger goalies into the proper gear, with the hopes that they will like being goalie, and continue to grow and improve their goalie skills for the WHA. If your child is interested in being a goalie, we will do what we can to try and find equipment if we don't have any on hand, also try not deterring them from trying goalie, talk to the coaches and make as educated of a decision as possible on what's best for your player and family. If your child decides to be a goalie, and if you're frugal, you can find some great goalie deals throughout the year at various stores and online. We have a few people throughout the WHA that can help any up and coming goalie get started.
I have attached a link below from Total Hockey, it looks like they have started a "Be a Goalie" campaign. The link talks about becoming a goalie, it's a pretty good tutorial/advertisement. It covers everything from wanting to be a goalie, to equipment, how to guides on putting equipment on, and even vids on basic stances, movement, saves, etc. It looks like some pretty good stuff.
Virginia Tech recently released a five-star rating system for hockey helmets. USA Hockey has reviewed the findings and below is commentary from Dr. Michael Stuart to help guide parents, players, coaches and officials. Stuart, from the Mayo Clinic, is USA Hockey’s chief medical and safety officer.
Michael J. Stuart MD