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From what I understand checking/full contact is allowed in NH, CT, and RI. Has anyone heard good ideas on how this can be managed with MA teams that aren't allowed to practice contact hockey or run checking clinics? I'm specifically asking for the Bantam level where checking is (officially) new. Are teams renting ice out of state to practice? Are teams opting out of playing out of state, aiming for all MA games?
Yes, I am aware that not all kids need checking clinics or to practice checking as it comes naturally, but unfortunately some do even at the Elite level, so just curious on what others are hearing. Thanks!
Yes. Yes. And, no. You're welcome.
Also a bantam parent. There will be no checking in any ehf games regardless of location. Tournament play outside of MA will allow checking. The coaches will need to select appropriate tournaments.
Bantam parent here. Are there any other 07 parents that are a bit concerned that our boys will miss the opportunity to check and be checked this year? Our team has practiced checking in practice last year, but live game action vs an opponent is valuable to learn how to protect yourself and learn body control.
What happens next year when they are in high school? 1v1 against an 17-18 year old (without checking experience) is a bigger concern of mine than COVID19.
In my opinion, this is a serious issue. Obviously it doesn't really matter this year, but it WILL matter next year. I think it is pivotal to learn these skills vs kids your own age before moving up and challenging kids 3-4 years older.
*But i guess some of my concerns are thwarted because centers will be wearing masks for faceoffs. Thank God for that rule.
My checking account is from CT.
I am so confused by the new rules. Is checking allowed in practice? The rules are only for games? Do we have to line kids up six feet apart for drills? What about off ice stuff?