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1st Year Checking Documentary !
Topic: June 25, 2021, 01:53:21 PM
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There is a lot of debate as to when is the right age to introduce the violence of check hockey to youth players in the United States. I have coached players going into their first year of checking for three years and at first, I thought it was just unfair, but when my daughter played it for a year with boys, I realized how dangerous it really is.   So when my son, Grayson, an undersized 12-year-old was going into his first year of checking, I decided to document the year. We interviewed experts from The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and shot in Pennsylvania, California, Detroit, Buffalo, and Toronto as Grayson and his teammates faced their fears. motion picture film youth hockey sports courage heart


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Reply #1:
 August 22, 2021, 09:39:20 PM
There should be no checking in youth hockey, AA and under, 17yo and under.

First of all, kids can't skate well enough to control their bodies in either giving or receiving checks. They just can't, and not at speed. Why USA Hockey doesn't have a skating test requirement to advance to checking levels is beyond sense -- any bozo can get on the ice, minimal skating skills, and throw their body around, injuring other kids, and call it "hockey." And unscrupulous coaches and lazy officials will allow it.

All injuries including brain injuries increase 60% at checking levels, and Canadian studies show that increase stands whether checking starts at 14yo, 12yo or younger. It doesn't matter. By the end of one season, even without a documented concussion, young players show decreased cognitive ability. MRIs show brain changes.

Checking also increases catastrophic spinal injuries.

Kids playing in checking leagues when interviewed express less overall impulse control and more desire to injure other children.

99.99999% of kids playing hockey will never go on to checking adult hockey. Those that do can learn the skill as adults. Right now, NHL and college and juniors are benefiting from the head banging of thousands of children instead of having to teach the skills to a small number who will make them money. It's ridiculous.

Children's hockey and other sports should look vastly different than adult sports. With lower on-ice ability, vast changes and differences in height/weight through puberty, and low impulse control -- and with children's prime goal being academic, and at complete odds with brain injuries, sometimes multiple before leaving high school -- it's perverted the amount of fetishistic enjoyment adults demand out of their children injuring each other and being injured.

Remove checking, allow children and teens to develop skating and stick and game skills fully -- and more kids to stick with the game -- and let the checking to the colleges and pros. How many times do college and juniors get their heads knocked off anyway? All the time. They essentially aren't learning how to check as children, so take it out and teach it when they are making $$$$ to support their CTE.

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Reply #2:
 August 23, 2021, 02:07:12 PM
There is no system to teach checking in ice hockey for coaches.  Each coach does their own thing.  USA Hockey should develop such an approach - like it did with ADM.  The number of kids that drop out of hockey after checking stars is probably pretty high.

There is a very organized and methodical approach to teaching body checking by RHA skills outside of Toronto.  Body Checking Hockey Camp 2021 | Toronto ā€“ RHA Hockey Academy Toronto  Does anyone else know of a clinic anywhere that is as methodical? 

Until checking (making and receiving) is taught properly - most players will be at risk.
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Reply #3:
 August 23, 2021, 02:52:49 PM
I wish there was something available when my son played. He moved right from u12 into u14 and it was a nightmare watching. Kids should have to be able to skate with their head up and prove it before they can hit.
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Reply #4:
 August 23, 2021, 03:47:34 PM
There is no system to teach checking in ice hockey for coaches.  Each coach does their own thing.  USA Hockey should develop such an approach - like it did with ADM.  The number of kids that drop out of hockey after checking stars is probably pretty high.

There is a very organized and methodical approach to teaching body checking by RHA skills outside of Toronto.  Body Checking Hockey Camp 2021 | Toronto ā€“ RHA Hockey Academy Toronto  Does anyone else know of a clinic anywhere that is as methodical? 

Until checking (making and receiving) is taught properly - most players will be at risk.

I agree with the first 3 posts to this thread. Having coached for the last 16 years Iā€™m always searching for ways to teach.  I have found that Minnesota Hockey has the best instructional videos and have used them often.

Here are some great videos.
Body Contact & Checking
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