Hockey Alberta Eliminates Body Checking at the Pee Wee Level
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05-16-2013, 11:48 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
I don't think body contact is the problem. The real problem is the amount of difference in the size of players in the pee-wee and bantam age groups. My son plays AAA spring pee-wee and is 4'8" and 75lbs. He has a team mate who is 5'11 and 180 lbs. These kids during these years are all over the place when it comes to size. Now my son has no issues with the physical stuff and gives it just as much as he takes it. Plus he plays defence. If he goes into the corner with a player that size it is almost always a head hit.
I also think that 90% of the bad hits that kids get can be controlled and that alot of them come from Ref's during games not controling the hitting from the outset. If a kid gets away with a dirty hit early in a game and the ref's don't call it they continue to make hits like that untill someone gets hurt.
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