All the rec leagues in my area (as well as all the tourneys in the PNW that I've played in) have been non-checking. There's too wide a range in skill level, size and strength in the lower leagues to allow people to purposely hit each other. (In our higher leagues, made of guys who played college/juniors/lower minors, they let them get away with a lot more physical contact.) I know 5'3" women who play with 6'7" guys--checking is just flat-out unsafe in that situation. And there are pretty small men in the leagues, too, who wouldn't survive full checking. Especially consider that most rec-leaguers (at least around here) either didn't grow up playing organized hockey at all, or didn't stay in boys' hockey past pee-wees when they're taught how to give and receive a check.Anonymous User wrote:Total thread derail: Is one reason because they can't check/hit? I'm a female who has gotten seriously into hockey in the last few years and was super depressed to learn that (at least in the leagues in my area), checking/hits are illegal in the women's league.rinkrat19 wrote:I play ice hockey. I've played recreationally for 10 years. I can talk about game strategy, tournaments and cities in which I've played, why I prefer men's/coed to women's leagues, and why I use composite one-piece sticks. I will never play in the NHL ("expert"), but it's a legitimate interest.
That's not to say there's no contact, obviously. It's not possible to play hockey without running into each other and physically muscling each other around. But you can't line someone up and take them out (without getting a penalty).
So no, that's not the reason I don't like women's hockey as much. It's almost entirely for social reasons. The women players in my city are very clique-y, and if you don't ALWAYS play exclusively with them, you're on the outside of the gang and will feel like an outsider. They get pissy over the smallest things, and will hold grudges for literally years. When they venture to play in the men's league (like right now there's an all-female team in one of my men's leagues), they play cheap and dirty hockey (lots of holding, elbows, and slashing), and bitch and moan if they don't get away with it. And they think I'm retarded for preferring to play with the guys, so I get a weird attitude from them. I usually play in 1 or 2 tourneys a year with the women just to keep my name around, but I love my guys.