Hockey Alberta Eliminates Body Checking at the Pee Wee Level
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05-14-2013, 02:48 PM
Join Date: May 2013
Hockey has changed in the last 20-30 years.
I believe "out of the box" thinking about the role of contact is important. Kids do not need to know how to hit in Atome or Peewee. Actually, contact should not be allowed until Bantam and when most kids have physically developed.
The equipment kids wear now are weapons. The hard plastic elbow and shoulder pads etc..
A huge problem is there are alot of kids with limited skill level who make competitive teams because of the intimidation factor.
I often wonder what a non-checking league would look like of the top Bantam players. Guaranteed it would be entertaining.
We have been putting brawn over skill ahead for too long.
I can easily see the day where there will be no contact at any age unless at the "elite" level.
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