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Body Checking

Body Checking in Minor Hockey

Body checking is a subject of significant debate within minor hockey, garnering attention at all levels of the sport. While hockey is a fast-paced game where physical contact is common, it is essential to distinguish between body contact and body checking.

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The decision to introduce body checking varies across different levels of minor hockey. Typically, body checking becomes part of the game starting at the Bantam level and higher, excluding lower levels such as Recreation or sea hockey. Players transitioning to this level and above should be familiar with the concept of body checking, as it may take some time to adjust to the increased physicality. Younger players often adapt more quickly to this change compared to their older counterparts or concerned parents. The enforcement of body checking will be at the discretion of the on-ice referee, who will determine whether a particular incident warrants a penalty.