Good Hockey Parent #Goals: 3 Rules To Follow

November 14, 2017

Nearly 36 million kids play organized sports each year, and that figure includes millions of young hockey lovers. If you've ever built a backyard skating rink for your young hockey enthusiast, you'll know that a homemade ice rink is an excellent way for them to perfect their skills and have a lot of fun. When your kid moves from the home ice rink to the arena, you'll undoubtedly want to cheer them on. But many parents make the mistake of thinking that they know better than their child's coach. If you really want to support your child during hockey season, remember these three rules -- whether your child is practicing on your backyard skating rink or they're playing in a championship game.

  1. Don't criticize
    Hockey is an incredibly tough sport to play. If you've never played yourself, you may not grasp just how difficult it is. And even if you were a former hockey player, that doesn't mean you should critique your child's technique or make them feel badly about any mistakes they might have made on the ice. It's the coach's job to point these things out and help kids learn. As a parent, the best thing you can do is support your kid regardless of the outcome of the game and reward them for giving it their all.
     
  2. Emphasize the coach, not the wins
    If you have a competitive streak, winning may seem like everything. But more than likely, your child is going to remember the lessons their coach taught more than the games their team won. A lot of parents are overly concerned with getting their child on a highly ranked team instead of on a team with a well-respected coach. A great coach will instill excellent habits in your child and help them perfect their technique. Whether or not their team won a particular match won't matter nearly as much as what they learned during the process. That's what makes good players excellent ones.
     
  3. Let your kids have fun
    If you've build backyard ice rinks for your family to enjoy and practice on, it's likely that your child is going to take hockey fairly seriously. But even though that seriousness can serve a purpose, it's important for them to have fun during practices and games, too. By focusing on good sportsmanship, a positive attitude, and the fact that in the end, it's just a game can help your child keep things in perspective. Neither parent nor child should take hockey so seriously that it's no longer fun. Keep that fun in mind always, whether you're on the backyard skating rink or preparing for a practice session.

Most hockey parents have an intense love for the sport -- and there's nothing inherently wrong with that! If you and your kids share an affinity for hockey, these tips will allow everyone to enjoy participating throughout the season. After all, if you're a good hockey parent, your kids will want to share this activity with you for many years to come.

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