Yes! Stick length matters. Numerous parents have asked, what do you think about my son and daughter’s stick length? The general rule for young players is when they are standing without skates. The stick should be between their nose and chin.
When your son or daughter is developing their skill set, it is important to set them up for success. The right stick length will allow for their bodies to be in a comfortable and proper posture. This posture will allow for the stick blade to lie flat when stickhandling and shooting. If the stick is too long, it’s likely the player’s posture will be too tall. If a player’s stick is too short, then most likely their chest will be too far forward towards the ice or heel of the blade won’t lie flat.
Some players with tall or shorts sticks may be able to adjust their body and hand positioning so that the blade is flat at the expense of proper technique. The longer a player is doing something incorrect the tougher to break the habit.
Now, some parents might see an NHL player with a stick up to their forehead and do the same for their kid. They might even say, “my son likes his stick really long, plus he’s a defenseman.”
When a young player is first starting out, they don’t know what they like, they haven’t had enough experience to determine this. An NHL player has played around with different stick lengths, curves, flexes etc. and has tried each combination with countless repetition. Don’t compare your kid to an NHLer, keep it simple, allow your son or daughter to develop with proper technique.
If you’re worried about having to buy another composite stick in 6 months, just buy an extension and pop it in the end. If you see your child choking up on the knob, this might indicate that the stick is too long. You always want your top hand to hold the stick right at the top. The top hand wrist should be in a comfortable position in line with the stick shaft. Over time a player will find what is right for them.