Being born during the Millenial generation means you get criticized for pretty much every little problem. The Saskatoon Blades are taking the “get off my lawn” attitude to the next level. They are taking their players’ phones before games.
According to Saskatoon head coach Dean Brockman when talking to the CBC, players have been relinquishing their phones about 90 minutes before games.
Brockman apparently doesn’t want his players snapdoodling or instachating before the games.
“When there’s distraction and you’re not mentally focused towards one thing, we just thought it was a course of action that we’d try for a short-term period and see if it helped our play or helped our focus on the ice and in the dressing room.”
It is understandable wanting to put players in the position to succeed, but this just is taking it to an entirely different level. If there is one punishment that teens hate, it is when their phone gets taken away. The Blades are doing exactly that and because of it, this may backfire.
The Blades currently don’t have a winning record, so it’ll be interesting to see if there will be any clear connection between the future record since the removal of the phones. If it doesn’t pay off, will they let the players use their phone on the bench? Might as well try everything.