ONE - HANDED STICK CHECKS & ENJOYING GAMES FROM THE SIDELINE OPP
Coaches, Parents, & Players...
There are 2 things I would like to bring to everyone's attention:
Effective immediately - one - handed stick checks are illegal for grades K thru 7.
One - handed stick checks are often out of control and usually the result of poor defensive footwork. Players should be encouraged to play defense with their feet first!
The 8th grade abides by NFHS (high school) rules, where one - handed stick checks are allowed. Therefore, they are legal at the 8th grade level.
Effective immediately - any parents, siblings, other WYL players, or friends not coaching, and/or helping administer the game must watch the game from the sideline opposite the bench areas.
While we certainly appreciate everyone's enthusiasm, our players need to focus on their coaches and the game at hand. Having parents, siblings, other WYL players, or friends in and around the bench area is distracting to our players and coaches.
In addition, while enjoying the game from opposite sideline, please resist the urge to "coach". It can create confusion amongst the players, as your "suggestions" may conflict with their coaches instruction.
The following equipment should be considered mandatory by every player...at every level...at every event:
I would like to note the last 2 items in particular. For some reason, players and parents alike think they can go without them from time to time...we forgot it at home or it is really uncomfortable. For obvious reasons, this is simply not sound logic. They are as important as every other piece on the list.
Just ask the 7th grader who took a 70 mph shot to the buttons on Friday night. Thankfully, he was wearing a protective cup.