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It is one of the most debated areas of minor hockey, something talked about at every level of the amateur game – body-checking. The game of hockey is a fast paced game where body contact occurs throughout the game. Body contact is not necessarily body checking.
The decision has been made to remove body checking from all recreation or "C" hockey levels. The Bantam Rep level and above only will still have body checking in the game.
As this is new to Minor Hockey, the players who have been involved with hitting, second year Peewee players and above may take a few games to adjust. The young people generally take less time to adjust that those who have been hitting for a while or the parents of the players! The referees will be taught what to call but as always, it is at the discretion of the Referees on the ice at the time of the incident whether to make the call or not.
Danger zone is 3-4 feet off the boards. Player has their head down, off the boards and chances of getting hurt goes up.
The most common no call is where the defender directs the offensive player away from the net. Sometimes the attacking player is "rubbed-out" along the boards, where the player is squeezed out along the boards when the defender is in front of the attacker. If the defending player hits the attacker into the boards during the play, a body checking or boarding penalty should be called.
The focus of the body check should be to separate the opponent from the puck.
Not permitted in any Atom or Recreational "C" level.
Is permitted at the Peewee rep level and above.
Hockey is a physical sport, sometime collisions will happen that are accidental and sometimes it is intentional. We want our referees to understand the difference and learn to make the proper call.
Opinions from the top!
Derek Descoteau – manager of coaching, Hockey Canada
Corey McNabb – senior manager of player development, Hockey Canada
Robyn Regehr – defenceman, Calgary Flames
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