Keeping Your Cool In The Stands, News (Seaforth Stars Minor Hockey)

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Keeping Your Cool In The Stands
Submitted By lcampbell on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We all love watching our children play a sport they love, and we are all passionate and protective of our children and their teammates. Who among us does not get caught up in the excitement of moment from time to time, when the clock is winding down and that last rush with the puck is moving up the ice?

It happens to the best of us, we get caught up in the moment, a fan from the opposing team makes a comment that is inappropriate, there is a incident on the ice that the fans feels deserved a penalty.

Unfortunately, not all things in the sport of hockey or any sport for that matter can go the way you would like and they may not go the way the person sitting next to you would like either, but it is important that you do remember why you are sitting in those stands or in that lobby!

Your children and Coaches CAN hear and SEE you in the stands, YOU are setting the example for which they will someday model for their own children.

Read on through the following article as taken from the Hockey Canada Standards of Play.




Are they drawn by the risk, the excitement, or the lack of yelling from the stands?

REFLECTION - Hey Parents!

Evaluate yourselves using the following questions. You don’t have to share your results, this is simply a self reflection exercise.

- The safety of the participants in the game is more important than the final score.

- I value the contribution of the coach in developing the player’s talents, even though I may not always agree with their methods.

- I understand that officials do not make the hockey rules, they only apply them.

- I understand that children learn from adults, and my behavior reflects what I want children to learn.

- I understand that officials are responsible to ensure that the game is played in a safe and fair manner for all participants.

- I understand that players, coaches and officials are learning the game, and mistakes will be made in the learning process.

- I may not cheer for the opposition team, but I will also not cheer against them or verbally abuse them.

- I understand that the biggest reason for players and officials quitting the game is abuse and harassment.


If you checked off:

0-2 Step back and check your motives for being involved in the game

3-4 On your way!

5-6 Almost there!

7-8 Outstanding!

When players, coaches, parents and officials recognize the value of each person’s contribution to the game, the game is better for everyone.


When respect is shared, we all win!

» It's a New Game!

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