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05-08-2013, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Bobblehead View Post
I must've misunderstood the last post. I would agree with the "spike" statement. Regardless of whether checking is introduced in PW or Bantam, you're going to have more injuries at the level its introduced than if that level did not have checking. You're going to have that spike if you introduce in Novice, Atom, PeeWee, Bantam or Midget.

The other side of the arguement is that introducing that when they're bigger means they're better able to handle the physical side, even if they're 5'3". Introducing that "spike" when they're younger and more physically immature (as per hockey alberta facts) when there is critical brain development from 11-13 years is something they're trying to avoid.
So why not start hitting at 8 or 9?

Well to be honest have two separate leagues and be done with.

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