You’ve loved hockey ever since you were a child, but you never signed up to play it at or after school. You’re all grown up now, you have a job, and you live near a hockey arena.

You are not alone! There’s virtually no age limit when it comes to hockey as long as you know what you’re doing. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Don’t blow your salary on equipment

If you’re just curious about playing hockey – and you won’t be good at the beginning – don’t blow your monthly paycheck on equipment. All you really have to get are elbow pads, skates, shin pads, a helmet, and (duh) a stick. Try to buy at least some of these items used or marked down. Check out garage sales in the area.

The most important pieces of gear are the helmet and skates. It’s crucial these fit properly. Neck guards, mouth guards, and shoulder pads are optional in most adult leagues.

Learn to handle the stick at home

The most important skills you need to learn are shooting, skating, and puck control. Obviously, you need to skate on ice, but you can practice handling the stick and shooting at home. All you need is a shooting pad and a target. Anything that will stop your puck does the job.

Joining a hockey team

After you’ve worked on your skating, shooting, and handling, it’s time to join a team. Ask the people you’ve been playing with up to this point. If you’ve been playing pick-up hockey, which we recommend, ask the other people who play with you if they need an extra person on their team or if they know about a team that’s looking for new members.

If this doesn’t work, get in touch with the local rinks and ask about hockey leagues for beginners. Although it’s more fun if you already know someone, it’s not obligatory. It’s enough to sign up and pay the membership fee. Then, you can start playing.

Don’t over-analyze

Sign up and start. Don’t overthink it! You won’t be disappointed. It might even change your life. Doing new things and taking new challenges on, especially athletic ones, makes us grow as people. Be consistent and don’t give up. And above all, stay safe. Local hockey teams can open up great opportunities for those who care about their and others’ safety and love the game.