Is the world getting TOO protective? Judging by a new rule introduced in the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association, yes, the world is bonkers.
The following is from an email sent by John Reynolds, EVP House League,“On bench behaviour – under no circumstances should there be contact with the players, in any way,” “Putting hands on shoulders, slapping butts, tapping them on the helmet, NOTHING, this can make some of the girls uncomfortable and you won’t know which ones, so no contact, period.”
Leaside president Jennifer Smith didn’t say “no contact” specifically but she did say, ‘‘What we recommend, what Hockey Canada recommends, is you do a fist bump, like a high five, end of story. Not tapping kids on the head, because you tap a kid on the head, even when they’re wearing a helmet, you could conceivably give a kid a concussion,”
To read more about the situation, check out this article: http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/03/toronto-girls-hockey-league-tells-coaches-they-cannot-touch-players-on-the-bench-not-even-on-the-helmet/