Ot:hockey alberta eliminates body checking in peewee division
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05-11-2013, 12:41 PM
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What an uproar. Wow. And we knew it was going to happen as soon as this change was...finally...made.
Some of the response I read on twitter the other day in regards to this change...honestly....was embarassing. There's still way too many ignorant bullies out there. The past week really re-enforced that for me.
I just had my first son last month. He will be starting skating in 4 or 5 years. Who knows what kind of "size" he will have at the Pee Wee age...but...I'd like to believe that if he is below average size around that time...it won't be a death blow to his chances of HAVING FUN playing the greatest sport on earth.
I remember what it was like for me as a 1rst year Pee Wee. I was the best skater and the best stick handler on my team. It wasn't even close...and yet...as a smaller kid...I spent most of that year either sitting on the bench watching the much bigger 2nd year guys having all the fun...or...in the little bit of ice time I did get...I was really just out there trying to survive most of the time. It was honestly terrifying and it did VERY LITTLE for my skills or my self confidence to be playing "full contact" back then.
Even worse...I am certain the ability for the bigger stronger kids to intimidate & over power opponents simply with the advantadge of size...was something that really took away from THEIR skill development. Those kids ( and their parents) were disillusioned at where their development & ability curves actually were...and...5-10 years later...most of them were out of hockey or fading to the back of the pack on their respective teams.
I think...player safety MUST be the most important focus and I KNOW this has been something theyve considered and evaluated for a LONG time. It was talked about 20 years ago. Its not a "knee jerk decision". Not at all.
As for what it does or doesn't do in terms of skill development...its debatable. I acknoweledge this. But I think its worth a try. It will take some time to get the new system perfected...but...Im willing to give it a chance.
Hockey shouldn't be such a "tough game" for CHILDREN to play. That part of it can come later...much later.
As per usual excellent post and perspective on the matter. I share your memories rarely feeling comfortable enough on ice to develop my skills on ice. Too busy "surviving" as you state due to missing a timely growth spurt that occurred too late.
I appreciate your point that skills for both bully and bullied are impacted and its a point that while obvious, is rarely stated.
The player that can simply physically dominate doesn't really need to work as hard at skill development.
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