In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl notes how rules changes have helped make one of the most exciting high school sports safer.
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Ice Hockey Safe & Sound - Listen
Perhaps the fastest and most exciting sport at the high school level continues to be played on ice during the winter, and that’s the ice hockey program here in Michigan.
Over the last decade, this is a sport that has had a number of rules changes. These recent changes have attempted to keep the freewheeling, wide-open style of play as part of the game, but yet eliminating a lot of the unnecessary and unneeded physical contact.
These new rules have really encouraged players, when going below the goal line or into the corner, that all hits must be made to an opponent from the front. That the old days of the hit-from-behind, knocking that player head first into the boards and glass have been eliminated.
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