When tying the strings to the skate, cross through the first hole then around the toe and cross again through the hole in the skate tower near the back, then up and tie on the top of the skate laces. Regular skates do not have the lip like goalie skates so do not tie around the heel as strings will slide down. Need skates, socks, pants and helmet. Jock or jill groin protector MUST be worn. Please have your skater seated and not laying on the floor to prevent being stepped on accidentally.