DEFINITION:CCM Intermediate Hockey Stick: An ice hockey stick designed for intermediate players, typically between the ages of 11 and 14, or for those who have outgrown a junior-sized stick but are not yet ready for a full-size adult stick.
1. What is an intermediate hockey stick?
An intermediate hockey stick is a stick designed specifically for players who fall between junior and adult sizes. These sticks are usually slightly shorter and have a smaller shaft and blade compared to adult sticks.
2. What age group is an intermediate hockey stick designed for?
Intermediate hockey sticks are typically designed for players between the ages of 11 and 14. However, this can vary depending on the player’s height, strength, skill level, and preference.
3. How does an intermediate stick differ from a junior stick?
Intermediate sticks are longer and have a larger shaft and blade compared to junior sticks. They are also stiffer and offer more flex options than junior sticks, allowing for a better balance between control and power for intermediate players.
4. Can an adult player use an intermediate stick?
While intermediate sticks are primarily designed for players in the 11-14 age range, some adult players who prefer a shorter stick length or a smaller shaft diameter may also choose to use an intermediate stick. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and comfort.
5. What are the benefits of using an intermediate stick?
For players who have outgrown a junior stick but are not yet ready for an adult stick, an intermediate stick provides a good transitional option. It allows for better control and accuracy compared to a junior stick while still being lighter and more maneuverable than an adult stick.
6. How do I determine if I need an intermediate stick?
Choosing the right stick length is crucial for proper stick handling and shooting technique. If you find that a junior stick is too short for you but an adult stick feels too long or heavy, then an intermediate stick may be the ideal choice for you.
7. Can I cut down an adult stick to make it the same length as an intermediate stick?
While it’s possible to cut down an adult stick to match the length of an intermediate stick, it’s important to consider the overall balance and flex of the stick. Cutting down a stick excessively may alter its performance and feel. It’s generally recommended to choose the appropriate stick length rather than modifying an adult stick.