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09-24-2006, 08:22 PM
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New standard and play around the net

My son is a winger for a Bantam team in Florida (yes we play ice hockey in Florida -- go Lightning). Well today was his first exposure to the new rules. Most of the two games were three on three with full penalty boxes. It got really confusing with 4 kids in each penalty box. It seemed everytime a kid went to the ice it was a penalty. Needless to say the kids thought it sucked (the parents did too).

My question is concerning play in front of the net. My son likes to screen in front of the net and put back in the rebounds. He got sent to the box three times for interference while jockeying for position in front of the net. What's the new rules say about this? Can you hold your position, or do you have to let the defender push you out the way. Each penalty played out the same. The defender would start pushing the wing from in front of the net, the wing would resist and try to hold his position. Eventually, it was a penalty against whoever looked to have the upper hand in the battle. So what's the new "standards" say? Can a winger plant himself in front of the net or not? Does he have to give way to a defended that wants to move him?

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