USA Hockey: Add a "no-checking" division for bantam and midget players in the USA
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Right now, youth hockey players in the United States between the ages of 13-17 don't have the option to play hockey without body checking. As a result, there is a whole subset of the youth hockey population that cannot play due to previous injuries/concussions or simply because of a preference to play without checking. These kids are forced to leave the sport until they are adults (18) and can play in men's recreational leagues which play without checking.
Current medical evidence documents that injuries, specifically concussions, can be substantially reduced if body checking is removed from youth hockey. See the following article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3091900/
Many players with previous concussions are advised against playing hockey with body checking, but they want to continue to play the sport.
Across Canada, hockey associations have started offering no-checking divisions within the 13-17 year old age group to give them an alternative place to play.
We want USA Hockey to provide 13-17 year old kids in the US the same option to play without body checking by adding a no-checking bantam and midget division.
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