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this is some funny stuff. This is not hockey, you can slap a sticker on a pig that says "cow", but it's still a pig.
these guidelines are impossible to follow and are unrealistic. aside from the mask guidelines, which are nearly impossible to adhere to and enforce. and the contact tracing requirements being impossible to administer.
no puck battles/scrums is the biggest hurdle. explain to me how you play ice hockey without puck battles. they are a fundamental part of the game and cannot be removed. you cannot go 10 seconds in any hockey game without there being some kind of contact or puck battle, the removal of them turns the sport into field hockey on skates. how does the game ever even get started off a faceoff? 50% of faceoffs result in an immediate battle for the puck, which would result in a whistle. all games end 0-0 and never get out of the neutral zone.
games will take 3 hrs to play and will become a waste of time, money, and resources. this will not help with anyone's enjoyment or development.
MA hockey even releasing this, just shows how short sighted and out of touch with reality they all are.
This is what I’m most curious about...guideline say no scrum for puck/ball. Are we in for the longest games ever because whistles are going to blowing every 30 seconds when they are in corners or up against the boards?
When has there ever been a mouth guard requirement. Does that go with the neck guard requirement.
It said cohorts of groups of 10.
Also said 25 total participants on a playing surface , so if two teams both have 15 kids that’s 30 total. Need to cut kids to get to smaller teams.
Hello 4v4 Full ice hockey!
Ha! I had the same conversation today. 5v5 and 2 goalies = 12. I'll send the kids out of the lockeroom like WWE on shift changes if I need to! Let's deal with it like baseball, lax etc. We have a chance, let's not screw it up. Is it perfect, heck no,but let's figure it out and make the best of it.
Coaches, wear you masks and don't f'it up. The kids will adapt, they want to play regardless of the no checking etc. Just ask them. They want to be with their teammates and love that the parents aren't allowed. I coach baseball as well, and this season has been the best so far. Kids have no fear of screwing up because parents aren't there to yell! Let's GO!!
>Is the bench considered the playing surface if not then I’ll set.
Of course you're all set. Your kid will never get a sniff of the playing surface while safely hugging pine on the bench.
A typical bench is about 20-25 feet long. So this allows for at most one unit of 5 on the bench spaced 6' apart.
For youth hockey simply rolling lines this can be done if the 5 man unit coming off ice rotates to the walkway, the walkway unit of 5 goes to the bench and the bench goes to the ice. Sucks but could work.
This will NOT work with older players where line matching is key and individual player ice time is more directed.
This is simply Bakers way of saying fine, you want hockey here you go. Make it work or not.
How it is interpreted and then enforced is a whole other matter.
Put masks on the kids and let them skate. Intermittent contact and faceoffs are allowed with masks on. So puck battles, pinching kids off all work this way. Checking does not.
Isn't it then just no check hockey with face masks? Rinks have to expand benches which could work in 75% of the rinks I go to.
Deal with it or don't play. You make the call for your kids.
"Oh but little Johnny can't play that way." Than make him stay at home. Deal with it you whiner/wiener.
1) Will the Bauer splashguard meet the state requirement for a face covering?
2) Will it actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID? ( Not that most people on this board care about this latter question)
3) When will it be available, if at all?
Just put all the elite kids in a bubble. We must protect the future of the nhl. 💤💤💤