June 2011 Newsletter

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June 2011, Issue #206

Girls Field Hockey - Rule Changes for Fall Season

High school field hockey players will be required to wear protective eyewear, effective with the 2011-12 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors, in its April 13 meeting in Indianapolis, voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey.

NFHS field hockey rules previously allowed - but did not require - the wearing of eyewear that meets the current ASTM standard. Six NFHS-member state associations had previously passed more stringent rules and already mandate the use of protective eyewear.


In Words ↓

Good Coaching!

"Like all good high school coaches, you walk around and you pilfer athletes from other programs. I was coaching field hockey and watching her play soccer and thinking, 'This kid would be really, really good at lacrosse.' So basically I chased her around with a stick for a couple of months and talked her into playing lacrosse."

- Lisa Miller


"Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant


Interesting Info ↓

Youth Ice Hockey Concussions

An excellent article regarding concussions in youth ice hockey was just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The article's key points are below: 

  1. The vast majority of concussions and hockey injuries in general at all levels of play are caused by legal body checking.
  2. Concussion is a common, serious injury in youth ice hockey, affecting up to 25% of players per season by one estimate.
  3. USA Hockey is considering a rule change to raise the age of permissible body checking to at least the ages of 13-14.  Currently the minimal age group is ages 11-12.
  4. USA Hockey Sub-committee on Body Checking believes skill development is retarded by body checking.
  5. In contrast to this point of view, Hockey Canada believes body checking helps develop players.

The Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine calls for body checking to be eliminated from all levels of minor hockey --- only beginning in elite Rep or All Star leagues in the 16-17 year age group.
(Re-printed from the NSGA Hockey Dealer’s Newsletter May issue)



Spring Soccer ↓

Soccer Bags

From youth to intercollegiate – we offer custom soccer bags – made to your specifications and customized with logo and player number.

Be sure to visit our soccer page on the web to view some of our offerings. Please order early so that you have your team bags for your first away game!


Survey Says ↓

Team Participation by Sport

Among traditional team sports, gymnastics led with a big participation increase of 23.5% to 4.8 million. Ice hockey continued to increase, up 7.9% in 2010 to 3.3 million. Basketball participation was up 10.1% to 26.9 million; tackle football up 4.8% to 9.3 million; and baseball up 8.9% to 12.5 million. That contrasts with 2009 decreases in basketball (5.0%), tackle football (6.2%), and baseball (13.5%).

In contrast, softball was down 8.4% in 2010 and 7.9% in 2009. Team sports that showed only slight decreases in 2010 were soccer, down 0.3%; volleyball, down 1.0%; and wrestling, down 0.9%. Lacrosse, surveyed for the first time, had 2.6 million participants.

For this survey, a participant is someone age seven or older who takes part in the sport or activity more than once in a calendar year.

Re-printed from the May 2011 NSGA newsletter


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