Our PE 2 and PE/Health classes do an extensive hockey unit and field hockey unit every year. Our current hockey sticks are wooden and very old and there are no longer enough for a class set. Over the last several years they have begun to deteriorate, splinter and break at a quick rate. The foam padding that slips on the blades to protect the floor is also shredding. Since students were beginning to get splinters from using the sticks and gym floor gets damaged when the foam padding tears we have not included hockey in our curriculum this year. We hope to have new sticks and padding for next year. We plan to purchase aluminum sticks that do not crack or break in several different sizes to accommodate students of all heights.