|This blog kicks off our HockeyTutor4u.com's Preparation Video Series by focusing on helping you understand how to lace a pair of hockey skates. In this edition, we will show you two different versions for lacing a pair of skates and how one option may meet your needs best.|
The first option is the Standard Lacing method where both laces are brought up the boot alternating eye holes on each side ending with both laces the same length on each side.
The second option is the Loop Lacing method where one lace is brought from the first eye hole on the inside toe of the boot up to one of the top eye holes on the outside of the boot while the other end of the lace is looped through all the remaining eye holes from the toe to the top of the boot.
Let's first look at the Standard Lacing Method. Begin by taking the tips of each end of the lace and insert the laces through the first set of eye holes at the toe of the boot, starting from the outside and threading them in toward the middle of the boot. Hold both tips and pull the laces up until you cannot pull anymore. You should now have the middle of the lace looped across the top of the toe of the boot. Make sure the lace is lying flat across. Now take one lace tip and thread it through the next open eye hole on the opposite side of the boot, beginning from the inside and pulling it through to the outside of the boot. Again, make sure the lace lays flat across the tongue of the boot. Bring this lace back to the original side skipping an eye hole this time and threading it again from the inside to the outside of the boot. Repeat this action until you reach the top of the boot. Take the remaining lace and follow the same pattern lacing up to the same eye hole you stopped at with the first lace. Check your work by ensuring both laces are the same length when you finish and that all the laces lie flat across the tongue of the boot. Adjust the laces as necessary to make them equal and flat if they are not already this way.
To loosen this lacing method, you are going to grab both laces starting with the top crossed over row of laces and pull out. Then move to the next row and repeat, holding on to all the previous rows with your thumbs until you reach the middle of the boot. As you come through each row wiggle them a bit to even them up. Once you have reach the middle, pull the tongue forward and you should have enough room to insert your foot. If you need more room pull the set of laces out farther or continue to the next row repeat the above steps until you can insert your foot.
Now let's look at the Loop Lacing Method. You first begin by taking note of which boot you are lacing and which side of the boot has your inside arch. With this method, you take the tip of one end of the lace and thread the tip through the first eye hole at the toe of the boot begin on the outside and threading to the middle. Pull the lace up to one of the top eye holes on the outside of the boot threading it through from the middle to the outside of the boot. Pull the lace out until you have approximately one to one and a half feet from the tip of the lace back to the boot. Ensure the lace is lying flat along the tongue of the boot. Note that over time the length of the lace you pull through will depend on your personal preference and may change.
Once you have the first lace in position, now take the tip of the other end of the lace and begin the looping pattern. Start by threading the tip of the second end into the first eye hole on the opposite side of the toe of the boot, beginning on the outside and thread to the middle. Pull the lace through and insert it into the next open eye hole on the opposite side of the skate, threading from the middle to the outside. Check your laces and ensure they are flat each time they cross the boot. Repeat this step, back and forth up the rest of the eye holes of the boot until you reach the same eye hole level as the first end of the lace. Note that one end of the lace may be much longer than the other at this point however they will even up once you tighten your skate.
To loosen this lacing method, you will only loosen the lace that loops up your boot. Begin at the first row and pull the lace out until the tip of the lace is at the opening of the eye hole. Hold the pulled-out lace with the thumb of your left hand and now pull the second row out holding it with the thumb of your right hand and even up the laces. Continue this technique until you reach the middle of your boot. At this point, pull the tongue forward and you should be able to insert your foot. If you need more room, hold the pulled our threads with your thumbs again and pull out the next row until you have enough room for your foot to be inserted.
We hope you will find that one of these two options work best for you. Good luck and keep them practicing the way they want to perform in a game!