Within the title of "adult recreational hockey", there's one key word - recreational.
While hockey is always going to be competitive and high-intensity by nature, there's a way to go about that without putting the people you're playing with at risk of injury.
Hockey can always be made safer, and we're here to tell you how.
- Change the rules within your league if necessary - consider removing body contact, slapshots, fighting, or whatever else is putting your players in danger
- Mandate the usage of certain equipment - players wearing a full visor or cage, neck guard and all other pieces of equipment are statistically safer, regardless of their preference
- Penalize players that are putting other players at risk, both within a game, but also from the league if their behaviour is quickly becoming a re-occurring problem
- Encourage all of your players to ease up, because at the end of the day everyone is simply there to have a good time, not end up in a hospital
- Have fun out there. Make friends with not only your team, but the other team as well. The game is entirely more risk-free and enjoyable this way!
At the end of the day, we spend our nights playing recreational hockey at the rink with the team, but we all have to get up and go to work the next day.
Let's do our best to ensure we're going to work without a black eye or even a concussion.
Stay safe out there!