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I was just informed that there will be no checking at the 08 level at the shamrock tournament June 25-27.
Spring hockey at this level should be used for kids to learn how to check.
Understanding the kids are new with this, refs should be extra cautious and penalize for any late hits or hits from behind.
The Shamrock website says that kids will be checking at the 08 level but we were just informed that this will not be happening this weekend and it was a mistake on their website. I do not think that this is helping our kids prepare for the season.
I agree with all of this except the part about relying on refs for anything
Not only do the "big" kids that can't skate have to adjust or go back to being mediocre, the top players have to adjust also . On my sons team last year 07 there was no checking allowed due to covid. After the rules went back to normal their was a lot of hitting just like the previous poster stated and then going back to somewhat normal. The top kids ( skaters) on his team were a little slower going into corners, or dumping the puck in a little quicker. Hitting has an effect on everyone even if they are not getting lit up the thought of it affects them. Some of the top kids fell down a peg or two and the kids that were a little slower but still have the I Q bumped up or even surpassed the top kids through out a games and season becoming an all around better and more consistent player.
My little 6ft muppet will be bodying all the little tiny benders
Hahaha . It’s time size and speed domination
Have you read through the USA hockey rule changes that are coming? How about the recommendations for the next rule change year. Jr hockey not included in these changes.
Already approved for 2021-2025 seasons
1. 624(b)Icing the PuckProhibits all Youth levels of play to legally ice the puck during shorthanded situations. Only exceptions are High School and Adult classifications.
2. 630(d)Offside Eliminates tag-up offside at all Youth levels of play. Immediate offside is now applied at all levels except High School and Adult classifications.
3. GlossaryAge ClassificationsRemoves description of each age group (i.e. Squirt) and adds in 15 Only Tier I age classification.
Discussion for next rule year
1. Checking prohibited outside of high school hockey
No, I am not making this up.
Adding to the discussion for next year along with getting rid of body checking is:
No slap shots until high school
High sticking will result in a 4 minute penalty
What laugher if a AA tourney