It's Play-off Time!!!!, News (Seaforth Stars Minor Hockey)

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It's Play-off Time!!!!
Submitted By cmetzger on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The post season has started for some of our teams and for others it's just around the corner. Play-offs mean many things to many people...

...for our Coaches it's a time to compete for a championship at the same time as teaching their players Good Sportsmanship, regardless of a win or a loss.

Our players learn by example regardless of their age, they will model the behaviour of those around them.

When we enter the play-off season it also becomes a time when we as parents/fans find our own anxiety levels rising. We want so badly for our home team, our children/grandchildren to shine, to win and with that raised anxiety for success it's possible to find ourselves caught up in the moment. That "moment" can find people inadvertently crossing lines they would normally not cross. Seaforth Minor Hockey would like to remind all our fans to remember the reasons the children and young adults are on the ice: yes, of course, everyone would like to win but no child stepped on the ice for the sole reason of winning at all costs. They wanted to play hockey, play with their friends, do their best, and have FUN.

No Official paid money out of their pocket, took the required courses and recertified yearly to favour a specific team, pick on specific players, do a lousy job or be constantly berated or verbally abused.

No Coach applies for and gets appointed to coach a team to treat players unfairly, offend specific players or parents or be disrespected or verbally attacked by their players or their parents.

As Parents and Fans, we must all remember what Minor Hockey is about: FUN, DEVELOPMENT, SOCIALIZATION and POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT.

That said, we'd like to remind all our fans (family members and others) of the following points:
  • Children are involved in organized sports for their own enjoyment, not yours. Make it FUN. Encourage your child to play by the rules.
  • Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams. Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches, or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
  • Emotions can cause miscommunication and misunderstandings. Wait until you've cooled off to discuss a situation with a coach.
  • Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. 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. Do not confront the officials regarding the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
  • Display good sportsmanship. Always respect players, coaches, and officials. Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans; enjoy the game together.
  • Applaud a good effort in victory and in defeat and enforce the positive points of the game. Never yell or physically abuse your child after a game or practice - it's destructive. Work toward removing physical and verbal abuse in youth sports.
  • Cheer good plays of all participants; avoid booing opponents. Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play. Profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive and will not be tolerated.
  • Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport.
  • Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing any items on the ice surface can cause injury to players and officials. Do not lean over the boards or pound on the glass; the glass surrounding the ice surface is part of the playing area. Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
  • Be responsible for your own safety - - be alert to prevent accidents from flying pucks and other avoidable situations.
  • Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches, and officials.
  • Never appear for a game while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
  • Be supportive after the game… win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Seaforth Minor Hockey has a Code of Conduct that all involved with Association are to abide by: players, coaches, parents, fans, Executive members, and officials. A copy is available on our website by clicking here.

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