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02-13-2012, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Inkling View Post
I was not aware that goalies ever don't wear pads. When my son was in IP they rotated goalies (all wearing pads fwiw) around the team, so the lack of skill on the goalie side offset the lack of skill on the skater side and the size of the net really wasn't an issue.

Purely anecdotally (and as a result maybe not true!), it seems that kids today can lift the puck from an earlier age than when I was a kid (the sticks perhaps). If the large nets result in more goals that's not such a bad thing.
Most house leagues here in Western PA just rotate a kid usually with a goal stick (though sometimes without) at least until they get to mite major which is mainly 7-8 year olds, same with some of the Mite Minor Jamborees. it actually gets pretty dicey when some of theses kids start to really fire them and the "goalies" are unprotected.

IMO a 4x3 net is too small for padded goalies that are 7-8 yo though.

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