Effective the 2013-2014 season, the age of introducing Body Checking will move from Peewee to Bantam, placing continued emphasis on body contact for the Peewee age group.
This change is the result of recognizing changes in the game of hockey. The priorities of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association remain dedicated to player safety, providing young athletes with the opportunity to best develop and acquire skills (see LTPD), and keeping as many players playing the game as possible.
Education will remain a priority focusing on the 4-Step Checking Progression, which begins the first time a young player steps on the ice. This progression emphasizes the practice of positioning, angling and stick checks followed by Contact Confidence and Body Contact which is taught at the later stages of athlete development.
The OMHA and Hockey Canada have created resources for Players, Parents and Coaches including manuals and video resource support.