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05-08-2013, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by CornKicker View Post
as a coach of atom and timbit aged players i think this is going to have the opposite effects of what they are trying to accomplish. Taking hitting out of the game @11/12 years old and allowing it in bantam 13/14 is going to be the result of many more injuries. the correct approach to this issue is to introduce the kids to body checking in novice. their bodies are still rubber and there isnt a lot of mass flying around.

When you start timbits and play what will now be 8 years of hockey without body checking the habits of skating with your head down and not being ready to get hit will result in thousands of more injuries to teenage kids. Its not just getting hit. Not knowing how to properly throw body checks will also increase injuries. when you have kids hitting puberty and throwing their newly found weight around kids are going to get hurt unless they know how to protect themselves. this is a poor decision by Hockey alberta and i am honestly surprised by their lack of foresight.
They're necks are strong enough for their massive heads! That's why they're finding more and more concussions in female hockey players!! Their bodies are ready for it. Their heads snap back becuase their necks aren't ready for it.

Skating with your head down, arguement. Whatever. Kids should have their head up whether there's checking or not!! how do you spot a teammate for a pass with your head down? How do you stickhandle around an oppenent with your head down. Head up when skating is primary skill that all kids need to play hockey. Hitting or not.

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