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Encore une fois je vous laisse tirer vos conclusions. Désolé si c'est en anglais, je vais traduire quand j'aurais 2 min.

Given this situation, the question is raised as to what could be done to remedy
the differing rates of participation and success which are related to month of birth.
In considering this issue, three possible groups of proposals emerge that could
reduce the observed relationships with month of birth. First, it is suggested that
simply bringing this study to the attention of minor hockey league officials may
create an awareness of the problem, which, in itself, may lead to a reduction of
the relative age effect

A second set of proposals is based on the assumption that as participation and
success are related to relative age, then manipulations of relative age could be used
to alter the phenomenon. In this regard, such ideas emerge as: a) lessening die
range of the age groupings and thereby reducing the relative age advantage of the
"older" players; B) changing the annual cut-off dates for the age groupings (currently
December 31st) from year to year in order to provide different groups of
players with a relative age advantage; or c) implementing a quota system in the
selection of the higher calibre teams in order to ensure that a proportionate number
of "younger" relative age players have the opportunity to play on "rep" teams.
These strategies should significantly alter or eliminate the relative age effect in
minor hockey. However, such proposals appear to be unacceptable to officials of
minor hockey league organizations as they tend to be administratively cumbersome

:wink: and may have the effect of reducing the calibre of play in the younger teams.

A third set of proposals considers the possibility of restructuring minor hockey
programs in Canada. In this light, it is suggested that a review could be undertaken
which would focus on such issues as: a) the advantages and disadvantages of the
' 'tier'' system; B) the optimal age at which' 'rep'' hockey should begin; c) possible
classification criteria in addition to age and ability (e.g., height and weight); d)
the time at which body checking is initiated and, whether opportunity ought to be
provided to all players, regardless of age, to play "no hit" hockey; and e) whether
the current competitive nature of minor hockey is more effective than alternate
programs such as "hockey school" formats. Finally, it is suggested that in such
a review the basic philosophy underlying minor sport could be examined. Specifically,
should it be the purpose of minor hockey in Canada to develop hockey
players for the National Hockey League, or to use the experience of sport to assist
in the development of youth? Clearly, the consideration of such questions may
effect the lives of many young people.

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