Last week we ran a piece by youth hockey coach Eric Rigsby about pending legislation in Maryland that would ban contact for certain age levels. In his column, Rigsby argued that the well-meaning legislation may actually put children at greater risk.
Today, St. Mary’s Ryken Head Coach Chris Palombi, a speaker at the hearing, give us an update.
Come to find out, this bill, if passed, could also have huge unintended consequences for not only high school hockey, but any sports with contact (football, lacrosse, etc). A vote was not held yesterday, and the this bill is currently still pending. I do not think it will pass, but what bothers me is that if the Ways and Means Committee approve it to go to the House floor, it is such a small bill it may get packaged with other legislation and easily passed based on a passage of approval from the committee. Am paying attention closely and have been in direct contact with my Delegate, Mark Fisher, and State Senator, Mike Miller (both stated they oppose this legislation). Having Senate President, Mike Miller, on our side is huge for us.