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VIOLATIONS


BODY CHECKING is a personal foul if it is:


more than 3 yards from a loose ball.


avoidable after opponent has passed or shot the ball. from the rear or below waist.


on a player who has any part of his body, other than his feet, on the ground.


to an opponent’s head or neck, including any follow through.


a player leading with the head or initiating contact with the head (spearing) including by the ball carrier.


on any player in a vulnerable or defenseless position.


OFFICIALS SIGNALS illegal body check


BEST PRACTICES


Teaching body checking in practice is important and demonstrating proper form can begin at the younger ages so players are prepared for the next level.


Legal body checks are delivered with two hands together on the stick, kept close to body and head up.


Coaches should use “body dummies” or pads to effectively teach how to make body contact.


PERSPECTIVES


Never promote or condone overly aggressive play.


Malicious hits are illegal and very dangerous.


Always stress proper body positioning techniques.


Be consistent and aggressive with any call relating to body contact.


Watch for games getting out of control and retaliation checks.


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FOULS BODY CHECKING


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