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Welcome to Bandy Time
Word from president:
I believe that athletes should never be left on the sidelines.
My intention is to give all sports enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sports, regardless of income/socio-economic status.
The main reason kids play any sport is for fun and recreation. Hitting and the risk of serious injuries, including concussions, can remove this motivation. Given the increasing risk of injury in hockey, it’s no surprise that enrolment in Hockey Canada-approved teams is currently about 550,000 players, down from more than 2,000,000 at its peak. Minor hockey registration is on a downward spiral and concerns have been expressed by Hockey Canada that in the next decade, there could be 200,000 fewer kids playing the game in Canada. The decision to allow body checking in minor hockey is unquestionably jeopardizing this wonderful sport by turning it from our traditional pastime into our most dangerous game. It certainly flies in the face of public health, safety and injury prevention; it also trumps medical science, common sense and civility.
When medical experts and safety advocates say evidenced-based research shows injury-prevention and harm-reduction programs/initiatives are good for the health and safety of the players, everyone should take note.
Bandy is an inexpensive alternative to Ice Hockey, which utilizes all the players on the team throughout a game.
Bandy equipment is much lighter and cheaper when compared to Hockey equipment. One of the reasons for this is bandy strategy; players have to move faster and cover a bigger surface resembling a soccer size type of rink,