A coaching director has raised his concerns over the “damaging” effect of mismatch results which could be detrimental to hockey and keeping youth in the game.
Pete Beard, a former development officer at England Hockey, says there should be more education for coaches when scores in junior hockey get out of hand.
“Participation is my default and that is where I take a lot of value from sport,” said Beard, coaching director at Havant HC.
“The current setup may be damaging and turning people off. Not just hockey but sport in general. Some of those extreme results, people don’t realise how damaging it is to young people if it’s not packaged well.
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