Just wondering what other's opinions are.... I taught year 4 in N. Yorks for 4 years and every year taught hockey, using wooden hockey sticks (argh! terrible! ) and I didn't make the kids wear shin pads or gum shields either, but told them they could if they wanted. There were never any injuries. (maybe I was just lucky...) I thought that this was fine, as long as we used primary tennis balls, and not the proper hard hockey balls. And that they would HAVE to wear gum shields and shin pads IF we used the proper hard hockey balls - which we never did. All the other staff at the school seemed to do the same, even PLT people etc. But have moved schools, and am teaching y6 now. And they only have 10 wooden hockey sticks in whole school. so we have to use those massive plastic ones, which I don't understand at all. But whenever I mention it they say primary kids can't use them, only for proper out of school matches, and only then if they wear shin pads/gum shields. They all say LEA/County tells them that, but WHERE is that info? Cos I cannot find anything that suggests that at all! What do others do? And WHERE is this guidance?!?!