8 year old hockey fight

That's sad. The world is

That's sad. The world is full of violence. Sad

Hockey is a nasty, brutish

Hockey is a nasty, brutish sport, usually, but not always, played by men who are nothing more than well paid thugs. After 25+ years of teaching boys/young men, the "majority" of those who belonged to minor hockey teams, were far and away the most antagonistic, belligerent bullies you'd ever hate to see. The problem was twofold; parents who feel their child is NHL material, with every game crucial to the child's achievement of that goal, and, the physicallity of the game itself. Hockey hones agression to a knife's edge. Macleans' magazine had an excellent article (a few years ago) on the detrimental effects of hockey on school age boys. There were, doubtless, many talks around staff room tables about the deleterious effects of hockey on teenage boys whose brains are not sufficiently developed to recognize the danger inherent in playing hockey. No disrespect is meant by "brains..not sufficiently developed," it is a term used by educators to describe methods of teaching that are based on how the brains of school aged children learn, with boys and girls learning by significantly different.

ShelleyS wrote:Hockey is a

ShelleyS wrote:

Hockey is a nasty, brutish sport, usually, but not always, played by men who are nothing more than well paid thugs. After 25+ years of teaching boys/young men, the "majority" of those who belonged to minor hockey teams, were far and away the most antagonistic, belligerent bullies you'd ever hate to see. The problem was twofold; parents who feel their child is NHL material, with every game crucial to the child's achievement of that goal, and, the physicallity of the game itself. Hockey hones agression to a knife's edge. Macleans' magazine had an excellent article (a few years ago) on the detrimental effects of hockey on school age boys. There were, doubtless, many talks around staff room tables about the deleterious effects of hockey on teenage boys whose brains are not sufficiently developed to recognize the danger inherent in playing hockey. No disrespect is meant by "brains..not sufficiently developed," it is a term used by educators to describe methods of teaching that are based on how the brains of school aged children learn, with boys and girls learning by significantly different.

Shelley, I actually knew you were going to say something like this. Smiling

It's sad that little 8 year olds were actually enraged enough (or scared enough) to throw punches. My husband had teachers who thought he was nasty and brutish but he also had teachers who were actively engaged in the sport and encouraged him to talk about it in class. I thought he was a pompous ass when he was the 'hockey star' in school. We didn't get together until *much* later, like *after* he lost his super-sized ego. Smiling
Hockey is just like any other competitive team sport but the players don't make half as much as football and baseball players.
I'm not much of a sports person though... Smiling I'm a dance mom first, and a soccer mom second. I just thought it was sad that those children were actually encouraged to fight.

It all starts at home.

It all starts at home. Violence begots violence. Sad Just like EVERYTHING starts in the home.

I agree 500%.If lovely

I agree 500%.If lovely daaaaady is buly,his pecious son try to copy him every possible way.Tat is simply WRONG.I thing parents should be responsible for ofsprings and simply pay for kids what they doing....specialy eight Years old.....wait when they grow up.....scary Evil

I went to a fight the other

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out. Smiling

It's a shame it has come down to this. Sports is supposed to be about excercise and learning good sportsmanship. Knowing how to win and lose. Learning that takes you further in life when you are dealing with people different than yourself.

I also agree parents need to take responsibility. When I was a kid, if we acted out, outside of the home, we would be afraid to go home. We would be punished for sure. You see so many wild kids when you're out shopping, etc. Parents think it's cute. Well, I don't.

Naly wrote:I went to a fight

Naly wrote:

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out. Smiling

Very witty . . .LOL.

I'm in agreement, too, that what is taught at home is reflected by our kids. Both my husband and I have always taught our children respect, of themselves and to one another. All four of my kids played box lacrosse, which could be pretty ugly if someone decided to use their lacrosse stick to cause injury. I have witnessed several fights while at their games, but I'm proud to say that they weren't instigated by my kids. It upsets me when I hear someone parents in the stands yelling at their kids to "get him." The games I like the best are where the team shows their skills and abilities, and where they take defeat with dignity.

Hi all: Just a note to let

Hi all: Just a note to let you know that my grandson plays hockey. He started when he was 8, almost 9. They never fight, just never, it is unheard of. Some of the 9 and 10 year olds are really big kids (potato chip kids) I guess you could say. These kids cannot stop on a dime so sometimes they hit the smaller kids by shear thrust. Sometimes I want to ask these big kids for ID, because they truly look like teenagers. Some of he 9 year olds are smaller, girls and boys, I guess because they eat healthier and do not have that obese look.

spuddywuddy wrote:Hi all:

spuddywuddy wrote:

Hi all: Just a note to let you know that my grandson plays hockey. He started when he was 8, almost 9. They never fight, just never, it is unheard of. Some of the 9 and 10 and 10 year olds are really big kids (potato chip kids) I guess you could say. These kids cannot stop on a dime so sometimes they hit the smaller kids by shear thrust. Sometimes I want to ask these big kids for ID, because they truly look like teenagers. Some of he 9 year olds are smaller, girls and boys, I guess because they eat healthier and do not have that obese look.

Hey Spuds. Welcome back. I played field hockey growing up (right wing) and I had my little ice hockey thing going on, on the side. Not an option for girls at the time. I think kids are just all different sizes at that age. Most likely genes and nutrition.

I will always believe in sports for people even though I'm a slacker right now. That is so cool that your grandson is into it. It is a fun game.

Hi Naly: Yes, he is into

Hi Naly: Yes, he is into it, really into it, he says he just loves it out there. He even wears his jersey like number 99 used to, you know, tucked in on one corner!!!!

spuddywuddy wrote:Hi Naly:

spuddywuddy wrote:

Hi Naly: Yes, he is into it, really into it, he says he just loves it out there. He even wears his jersey like number 99 used to, you know, tucked in on one corner!!!!

That's cute Spuddy. My son played from 5 yrs to just after 9 yrs. Then he quit, with my 'blessing'. He was good at the game (goalie) but competitive sports were NOT a good fit for him. Hockey is still very big in our house though because my husband is involved in the recruitment side of things and has always been a hockey guy. By the way, number 99's dad lives around the corner from us. lol

Daenerys wrote:[By the way,

Daenerys wrote:

[By the way, number 99's dad lives around the corner from us. lol

. . . and do you ever get to see 99??

I have three boys and I don't know how I lucked out but none of them expressed an interest in hockey! Puzzled Smiling Boy, am I glad they didn't!!! The season is long, early practices, this fundraiser and that . . . As it was, when they were in lacrosse, it was sometimes hard to juggle schedules.

Hi Daenerys: Do you see him

Hi Daenerys: Do you see him in Brantford at all? I loved being an Oiler fan when we had number 99 and Messier. Those were proud days. Today one has to put a paper bag over one's head to be their fan, lol. I loved Wayne and Mess and the glory days!

spuddywuddy wrote: Do you

spuddywuddy wrote:

Do you see him in Brantford at all?

If you mean the great one, then no, I don't. I might have seen him when he was here for his mom's funeral but other than that, no. Walter though, I see all the time. I used to always see him mowing the lawn for his neighbors with the wheelchair or doing something across the street at the blind kid's house. He talks to everybody. He's the most friendly person you could ever imagine. Smiling

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