The USA Hockey Board of Directors have ratified the Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect, an initiative centered around changing body checking culture in youth hockey.
The Board of Directors made a unanimous decision during their meeting on Saturday, June 8. This declaration is focused on their effort to change the culture around body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play and clearly define what is acceptable and unacceptable.
Their action makes clear that a body check must be an attempt to win possession of the puck and not an effort to punish or intimidate. USA Hockey is also committed to a culture where there are: 1) no late hits 2) no hits to the head and 3) no checking from behind.
Over the course of the summer and through the upcoming season, USA Hockey will work with all constituent groups in providing video examples and other educational materials to ensure all groups fully understand the principles of the Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect.
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