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POLICY: HELMET USE
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 REVISED DATE: October 1, 2011
All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must
ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must
wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.
This policy also applies to all other Skate Canada programs, therefore Clubs and skating
schools may choose to expand the use of CSA approved hockey helmets in their club as
they see necessary. In general, anyone who lacks good control/balance when skating
forward, backward and has difficulty stopping, as well as maneuvering around obstacles
on the ice must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Clubs and skating schools must ensure this policy is enforced during all skating activities
including competitions, carnival days or any other special on ice activities throughout
the season for this level of skater.
This policy is a minimum standard. Sections, at their discretion, may impose a higher
standard which all clubs and skating schools within the sections’ boundaries must adopt
How should the hockey helmet fit?
A hockey helmet should fit snug to prevent any shifting and maximize protection.
Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin
For an adjustable helmet, open it to the largest setting and gradually begin to
downsize the helmet until a comfortably snug fit is achieved. The helmet should
rest on the head so that the rim is one finger width above the eyebrow and
making contact with the top of your head.
Although most helmets are lined with protective foam, some helmets will feel
better than others. Try on different brands of helmets for fit and comfort.
All CSA certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification.
Why only hockey helmets?
Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on
ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to
protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is
important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with
equipment designed for their sport or activity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:06