Roller (In-line Skate) Hockey Safety Guidelines


Roller hockey became popular after it was used by ice hockey players for training in the off season. Rules and rinks vary depending on the site available for the rink.

A key to protecting persons from getting injured during a game involves the necessary protective equipment that should be worn by all players. The equipment should consist of the following items:


This should include a full-face shield or cage, and should be an ANSI, ASTM, SNELL, or another acceptable-testing-laboratory-approved helmet.


A mouthpiece should be required for all participants, preferably one with strap that attaches to the helmet.

Shoulder Pads

These are generally optional. They are lightweight and specifically designed for roller hockey.

Elbow Pads

These pads should fit comfortably and firmly around the biceps and forearms. Elbow pads should end at the start of the glove to completely protect the forearm.


The proper size gloves are very important. If the gloves are to small the child’s hand will touch the end of the glove; if the gloves are to big it will make it difficult to control the stick.

Hockey Stick

The stick length and material are the most important factors.

  • The stick should be measured when the player is standing on his/her skates. When the stick is standing on the blade tip, the butt end of the stick should be between the player’s chin and nose. Cut the stick and tape the end to form a small knob.

Protective Cup

This should be required for the boys.

Hockey Pants

Optional, ice hockey or roller hockey styles are acceptable.

Shin Guards

The knee cups of the guard should cover the kneecap, while the bottom of the guard should cover the top part of the skates. The shin guards should fit around the calf with minimal movement.


Proper size is critical. Physical damage can be caused to the feet if the player uses the wrong size skates.

Maintaining the proper control and adequately providing guidance and control during the games and practices will keep the likelihood of an accident from occurring because of rough play or out of control players.

Any player that is not maintaining the proper discipline and control should be removed from the play and depending upon the circumstances either given a verbal warning or prohibited from playing.

Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at to learn more about Camp risk management issues.


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