Hockey Canada Defeats Atom Body Checking Motion & Delays Goalie Equipment Rule Changes, News (Seaforth Stars Minor Hockey)

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Hockey Canada Defeats Atom Body Checking Motion & Delays Goalie Equipment Rule Changes
Submitted By Craig Metzger on Sunday, November 25, 2007
Hockey Canada’s semi-annual meeting concluded on Saturday afternoon in Calgary, AB, as the Hockey Canada Board of Directors voted on a number of proposals impacting hockey at all levels in Canada.

The Hockey Canada semi-annual meeting brought together the Hockey Canada Board of Directors – the Hockey Canada Officers, representatives from all 13 member Branches, council directors, Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) representatives and athlete representatives – to discuss ways to enhance hockey at all levels in
Canada.

One of the major topics from the weekend’s proceedings was the discussion on body checking. A motion to allow body checking at the Atom level (9-10 years old) was defeated. The regulation for the introduction of body checking will remain at the PeeWee level (11-12 years old) and above in Canada. This ruling will take effect in 2008-2009, which means that current pilot projects in Ontario and Saskatchewan will be able to complete the current season with body checking at the Atom level. As of 2008-2009, body checking will be introduced at the PeeWee level or above.

The OHF will continue with body checking at the Atom level for the remainder of this season. Beginning with tryouts in April for the 2008-2009 season there will be no body checking in Atom hockey or below. Although this decision removes body checking from the Atom level at the end of the current season the OHF is not ending its commitment to educate coaches and players using the four step body checking skill progression.

Another of the topics discussed was the implementation of the new rules for goaltending equipment. In response to concerns voiced at the minor hockey association and membership levels, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and the member Branches approved a one-year delay in the implementation of new goaltender equipment rules, which will now take effect in the 2009-10 season.

Below is a chart comparing the current rules with the rules that will take effect in the 2009-10 season:

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