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05-08-2013, 12:22 PM
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This is definitely a step in the wrong direction if we want to keep hitting in the game. Pretty soon there will be none at all. I had heard they were looking at putting hitting in the game earlier again, at the atom level. This would be a better level as the game really isn't that fast, most ideally it would be from Novice. The most important thing is knowing how to give and take a hit safely. If you learn it from the start it would not be so hard to learn at PeeWee or now Bantam. The numbers for Bantam will be dropping significantly in the next two years. As it is now there are so many players, including the big leagues, that hit with their arms up protecting themselves, rather than hitting with their body/shoulder.

For the kids/parents don't want hitting, there are leagues like the NHL(Non Hit League) in Edmonton that don't have body checking. Its my understanding that their teams in the outlying areas as well now. If this was such a concern they should be expanding this option.

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