Fall/Winter: Follow the tournament location’s local rules. In most cases minor bantam or U14 is the youngest age group with body checking.
Spring/Summer: As of the end of the season (April 1, 202X) the players graduate to the next age group. Therefore body checking will be legal based on regional rules for the following season. We have a plethora of experience introducing checking for the first time. It is a transition period we manage every year. Most teams view this as an opportune time to learn proper checking technique (giving/receiving) while everyone is the same boat of still learning. It’s a great way to practice and get a head start on the competition next fall. However, there are plenty of teams (for example GTHL A, House Select, AE or MD) that wish to play non-contact. If that is the case please let us know.
We usually have a separate non-contact division for these teams. It is the responsibility of the coach or manager of a non-contact team to notify us of your preference. Otherwise eligible for body checking will be assumed.