Safety is always on everyone’s mind

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

We have had lots of activity on the ice with a very small number of players who get hurt. In almost all cases they are fine after they are checked and are given time to collect themselves. For all sessions (both Practice and games) I will serve as the trainer on ice. next year in Novice division (for those moving up) one parent will take on that job. It is a really important way to help your child and does not require you to be hockey player.Teams without trainers can not have players on ice. Becoming a trainer requires a very short course and is well worth it.

There are three major things that I monitor closely when it comes to safety:

1. Players fingers being injured because their gloves are off (both on and off the ice). This is especially true when a player is getting dressed or undressed as a goalie and is lying down. The solution is simple – they should keep their gloves on and players should never be allowed to walk around the change room in skates.

2. The ends of player sticks going through the protective cage. This has a simple solution – ALL sticks should be taped with a knob at the end so they can not pass through the cage.

3. Collision between players. Most hockey for our players as they move up through the divisions is called non contact. That is an unfortunate name since it suggests that players will not have contact with each other. It should have been called NON CHECKING – contact will 100% happen at some time – either due to a fall, an accidental collision or a penalty situation due to someone making a bad decision. In practice and games we try to minimize the potential for collisions while at the same time teaching players that they must learn to avoid each other while moving and be aware of what is happening around them.

All of these situations are made better if we make sure all our players:- have their mouth guards in, their neck guards on and their helmets fitted correctly and done up.

Please take a minute or two to remind your Timbit of this focus on safety.

 

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