Absolutelyby Tsitshoh (Login tsitshoh)
Of course teaching them is key, no doubt about that - you teach them to obey the rules right?
But the fact is, if a ref allows illegal contact on loose ball minor interference, when a kid is getting dirtied, it doesn't take him/her long to figure out what has to be done no matter what the coaches and parents teach. And in the heat of the game it is hard to take that away from a kid. Lots of kids will take themselves away and leave the game.
If the rules for minor interference are applied correctly and consistently, then obeying the rules has positive consequences - you get the ball or a powerplay, etc.; but if the rules are not applied properly, then obeying them has negative consequences - like getting dirtied, hurt, hacked, etc. - so why obey them in the first place? This principle applies to all the rules, but especially minor interference.
Kids are not leaving or staying away from box because of all the positive aspects of the game and I am saying that not enforcing minor inference is one of the main sources of the negative aspects of the game today. Hey I have seen to bitter rivals play a great tough game of box because the referees consistently called minor interference and took away the best opportunities to cheap shot. I have also seen a teams of otherwise friendly girls turn nasty because the ref didn't think minor interference was such a big deal in girls lacrosse.
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