Tips for Lacing Skates

Tips​ ​for​ ​Lacing​ ​Up!


●  Ensure​ ​socks​ ​or​ ​tights​ ​are​ ​on​ ​properly​ ​and​ ​there​ ​are​ ​no​ ​wrinkles​ ​or​ ​bunched​ ​material​ ​that​ ​would​ ​make​ ​wearing​ ​a skate​ ​uncomfortable

●  Ensure​ ​you​ ​are​ ​in​ ​an​ ​area​ ​where​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​place​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​and​ ​a​ ​matted​ ​floor​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​blades

●  Loosen​ ​the​ ​laces​ ​in​ ​all​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​the​ ​skate​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​for​ ​easy​ ​placement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​foot​ ​into​ ​the​ ​skate

●  Ensure​ ​your​ ​skater’s​ ​foot​ ​is​ ​placed​ ​into​ ​the​ ​skate​ ​as​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​in​ ​a​ ​shoe​ ​-​ ​the​ ​foot​ ​should​ ​be​ ​touching​ ​the insole​ ​of​ ​the​ ​skate,​ ​toe​ ​to​ ​heel,​ ​and​ ​ankle​ ​should​ ​be​ ​straight​ ​before​ ​the​ ​skate​ ​is​ ​tied.


Skates​ ​should​ ​be:

●  Laced​ ​fairly​ ​loosely​ ​over​ ​the​ ​toe​ ​and​ ​gradually​ ​getting​ ​tighter​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ankles,​ ​but​ ​still​ ​with​ ​enough​ ​opportunity​ ​to bend at the ankle


●  Double​ ​check!:​​ ​Run​ ​your​ ​fingers​ ​along​ ​the​ ​laces​ ​from​ ​toe​ ​to​ ​ankle​ ​once​ ​they​ ​are​ ​tightened-​ ​they​ ​should​ ​not move.​ ​If​ ​they​ ​do,​ ​the​ ​skate​ ​likely​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​tightened.


Laces​ ​should​ ​be:

●  Hooked​ ​securely​ ​with​ ​sufficient​ ​tension​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​one​ ​finger​ ​down​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​boot.

●  Long​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​be​ ​tied​ ​in​ ​a​ ​proper​ ​double​ ​bow.

●  In​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​skate​ ​laces​ ​being​ ​long,​ ​tuck​ ​them​ ​in.​ ​Do​ ​not​ ​tie​ ​laces​ ​around​ ​ankles.


Getting​ ​off​ ​the​ ​ice:

●  Always​ ​wear​ ​hard​ ​plastic​ ​guards​ ​when​ ​walking​ ​off​ ​the​ ​ice.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​help​ ​keep​ ​your​ ​skates​ ​sharp

●  Dry​ ​off​ ​skates​ ​with​ ​a​ ​towel/rag.​ ​Do​ ​NOT​ ​put​ ​the​ ​hard​ ​guards​ ​back​ ​on,​ ​rust​ ​will​ ​form​ ​on​ ​the​ ​blades.

●  Use​ ​soft​ ​fabric​ ​guards​ ​on​ ​your​ ​blades​ ​to​ ​transport​ ​your​ ​skates​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​the​ ​blades





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