Hockey Rink Etiquette For Parents
Though most of us are hoping for many more
weeks of nice weather, the shorter days mean the 2005-‘06 youth hockey season is around the corner.
From house-league to the highest competitive levels of all-star
or AAA “rep” teams, players — and their parents — have already gone through a tryout process, often
jockeying to see which team they will represent over the next several months.
Youth hockey is an intense game on the ice, and sometimes it can be just as intense — and tense— off the ice.
There, we see parents jawing at each other, at players, at coaches, at game officials. The temperature is a little too high in the building, and some of us parents can be a little too tightly
While we all say it’s about “fun”, watching our own kids play can bring out the worst
instincts that we have.
We all want our sons and daughters to play, to play hard, to play well, and — there’s that
phrase again— have fun. We want them to be well-coached, play on a team
that is competitive in their category, and benefit in a host of ways from being involved in competitive athletics.
Yet we, as parents, sometimes undercut how much fun our kids really have, and how much they will actually
This happens by and through our often toxic behaviour, especially during games.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t recognize our own negative behaviour. We
only see it in others!
So here is a primer, a reminder, of little things that we can do at and around the rink this fall and
winter to make the new hockey season more pleasant for all concerned — most importantly, for the kids.