Non-Body Checking Options

A number of Local Minor Hockey Associations across Alberta are undertaking initiatives to provide non-body checking options for players at the Bantam and/or Midget levels.

In April, Hockey Alberta announced it was looking to work with local minor hockey associations and leagues to support non-body checking initiatives occurring in Bantam and Midget divisions across the province to assist in developing local options for players.

Overall goals include having people see what non-body checking hockey really looks like at the Bantam and Midget levels, and encouraging associations and leagues to continue discussing and reviewing non-body checking options for their respective organizations.

One of the key objectives for 2015-16 is to compile a comprehensive list of leagues and/or LMHAs that are offering non-body checking options. To date, 11 associations have indicated to Hockey Alberta that they will be offering some type of play (league, divisions or tiers) that will be non-body checking.

Those associations include:

Edmonton
Calgary
St. Albert
Strathcona
Fort McMurray
Airdrie
Cochrane
Canmore
Okotoks
Grande Prairie
Sherwood Park

Hockey Alberta also has made changes to its permits and sanctions site, to allow associations to request a sanction to host a non-body checking tournament. Associations looking to sanction a non-body checking tournament at Bantam or Midget should follow the usual process. However, when either Bantam or Midget is clicked on the request form, an additional drop-down menu will appear allowing them to check either Bantam Non Body Checking or Midget Non Body Checking. As well, a number of associations are scheduling non-body checking exhibition games.

Throughout the 2015-16 season, Hockey Alberta will be working with participating associations to track and share the outcomes of these initiatives, and share the information across Hockey Alberta. At the end of the season, an overall summary report will be compiled, that will include the results of a satisfaction survey.

In 2015-16, Hockey Alberta will work with our key stakeholders to achieve these objectives:

1) AWARENESS: Members should know groups are looking into options that may work for their local or regional areas, and Hockey Alberta wants to compile a comprehensive list of leagues and/or LMHAs that are offering non-body checking options for 2015-16.
2) DISCUSSION: Hockey Alberta wants LMHAs and/or Leagues to continue discussing and reviewing non-body checking options for their respective organizations at the Bantam and/or Midget level.
3) ENCOURAGEMENT: Members should know this process is encouraged, and Hockey Alberta supports the initiatives. For example, the option will be available to obtain a sanction to host a non-body checking tournament in the Bantam and/or Midget division.
4) TRACKING: Hockey Alberta wants to track the outcomes of these initiatives, and share the information to all members, to impact future decisions on a provincial non-body checking option. Part of the tracking process will include developing and circulating a participant satisfaction survey.
5) KNOWLEDGE: Hockey Alberta wants more people to see what non-body checking hockey really looks like at Bantam and Midget.
6) REVIEW: Hockey Alberta wants to review the success of the option(s), through an overall summary report including the satisfaction survey, and develop plans for 2016-17.