Ot:hockey alberta eliminates body checking in peewee division
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05-08-2013, 02:07 PM
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Lots of people here have kids. Me included. Just becauise we disagree with the decision doesnt mean their opinion or how they value their kids is any less than yours.
My kid has played "rep" hockey for basically his whole career of 8 years. The concussions are few & far between that I have seen. In my opinion this is simply an extension of the nanny state we are in. Its a contact sport. Stuff is going to happen. Just enforce the rules . Like, should football outlaw tackilng, play at the line?
Furthuremore most anybody who has ever watched bantam hockey would tell you with the massive size differential its about the worst time to institute checking. As well, kids at that age are just starting to be idiots, for lack of a better word.
I fuind it curious that Hockey Alberta absolutly ignored its constiuents (the parents) & its member orgaizations & did what it always wanted to do anyways. They could have taken a more thoughtful approach, such as :
1) making year specificc league as they do down east
2) excepting out rep hockey from the rule
3) expand the no hit leagues
Instead, they take the risk management approach. Its frankly ridiculous.
why is it worse?
Bantam kids that are entering "idiot" phase are less "Idiot's" when they start checking earlier? Are you suggesting they somehow mature and make better "Emotional" decisions on the ice because they learned to check earlier in life?
While one can argue a child learns how to take a hit earlier may be able to avoid them better when the stakes are larger. Can't the same argument apply that he's also more skilled at delivering an effective body check? (clean hits cause concussions too.)
This testosterone and puberty argument make no sense to me. Boys will get mad.. Boys will make bad decisions on the ice.
Is this whole argument based on some kind of assumption that skilled bodycheckers cause less concussions then less skilled?
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