In an interview, Lodin said the website will continue to provide key data that helped make planning decisions, such as win and loss records, game results and other stats, while clearing the rankings for his teams. younger. The site ranked around 3,000 teams of children under the age of 12 during the last hockey season.
“We are taking actions that we believe make users more likely to use the site as intended, as a tool to help teams plan appropriate levels of competition at the expense of hockey,” Lodin said.
Tom Farrey, the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program, to whom Lodin attributed the idea of getting rid of the rankings while retaining data that helps teams find a well-matched competition, called the move “a step forward. in the right direction “.
“It sends the message that development is more important than comparing kids and teams that are still in the early stages of growth,” Farrey said.
Martel, of USA Hockey, applauded the development.
“Hopefully this will ease the pressure a bit,” he said. “We are a sport in a late development stage. The best kids aren’t the best guys afterwards. Nobody knows who is really good until after puberty. “