Ask the Official: Body Checking vs. Body Contact

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By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar


QUESTION: Is there a difference in what is allowed in a Body Checking category versus a Body Contact category when it comes to battling for the puck and body position?

ANSWER: Body contact and body position are very important parts of both the body checking and body contact games. Although there will be some differences in the amount of force that may be allowed at the younger or lower levels, the same principle of establishing body position exists in both categories and the methods used are the same. The only exception is the use of a body check, which is illegal in the Body Contact category.



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