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September 24, 2021

Rental Skates Care Tips

Skates with Hard Skate Guards

Thank you for skating with us at the Rockets. Here are some tips for caring for your rental skates.

The skates your skater has are one of the most important parts of your skaters equipment.  To ensure that a skater can safely navigate turns and have proper traction, speed skates are sharpened and adjusted to precise geometries – the angle it is attached, the bend, the rocker – as such they need to be handled with care.

For safety and insurance coverage, alternations such as heat moulding, angle adjustments, repairs or blade replacement may NOT be performed without approval of the equipment committee.

Handling

  • Speed skates are sharp – handle with care.
  • Never allow the blades to touch each other or knock on each other. It may result in deep cuts which are expensive to repair.
  • Never drop or throw the skate.
  • Never jump with the skate on.

Wearing/Walking to the Ice

  • ensure that HARD SKATE GUARDS are on correctly when walking to the ice on hard surfaces. These area available from our store.
  • skate guards are assembled correctly and don’t fall off or too small
  • check for any frayed laces.
  • ensure no loose bolts or parts

 

After Skating / Storage

  • Wipe dry with microfiber cloth
  • To prevent rust,  store in SOFT SKATE GUARDS (soakers) – also available from our store
  • Let dry with proper ventilation

Sharpening

  •  Skates can be come dull and when that happens, the skater can fall more easily and not be able to skate properly.
  • The club will hold skate sharpening sessions to educate skaters how to properly maintain skates. For beginner skaters, we can assist with the skate sharpening process and necessary equipment
  • Never bring the skate to be sharpened at a sports store. Hockey sharpening equipment are different. Speed Skates require a specialized jig and sharpening stones and are sharpened manually.

Adjustments

Our club skates are only to be adjusted by the coach. If any bolt is loose please see the coach immediately for tightening.

ANY DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF ABUSE OR TAMPERING WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE $600 SKATE DEPOSIT.

Thank you for taking care of the skates and we hope you have a great skating season!