Support your child’s desire to play their chosen sports and work to provide a fun environment for them to participate. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.
Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
Do not yell at players, coaches or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants you set an example your child will want to follow.
Emphasize skill development through practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
Know and study the rules of the game and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the game. Work toward removing the physical and verbal abuse in youth sports. This creates a positive environment for all participants.
Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport.
Communicate with them and support them.
If you enjoy the game, learn all you can about hockey – and volunteer.