A motion that would require all girls in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association to play on a female-only team has been put aside for a year.
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association said Monday that the resolution had been tabled for another year for further study.
The resolution would have allowed girls to also play on a co-ed team if they wanted, with a single registration fee being charged for both teams.
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The association said the move was brought forward to help grow the game for girls who wanted to play on female-only teams.
The announcement caused pushback from some parents, including Laura Kingcott. Her 12-year-old daughter Sam has been playing hockey since she was four-years-old on boys’ teams.
Kingcott said at the meeting over the weekend, the association said there was a lot of controversy and they wanted to look at other options.
“I talked to my daughter and she was ecstatic that it’s not going to be pushed forward,” Kingcott said.
“She’s still nervous that it could still happen again in the future.”
Kingcott said she hopes other options will be put forward or the resolution will just not go forward. She also said she would like Hockey Canada would stop similar resolutions from being passed across Canada.
“I would like to see something opened up where if a girl wants to play hockey but there’s nothing in her arena, she can go with another association,” Kingcott said.
“I think something like that would be better or they could merge a couple together.”