6 Ways Parents Can Improve Youth Hockey

Below are 6 steps that youth sports parents can implement to help improve the game:

  1. Children want teammates to applaud their success, not adults yelling instructions Think of the ice rink as a playground and not as a sports venue.

  2. What's appropriate at a sport stadium with adult athletes is NOT appropriate for young children at play.

  3. Focus on the process of playing and not the outcome - every child is a winner until adults tell them otherwise.

  4. Unlike the adult games, kids playing hockey do not see the other team as the enemy. The other team is full of their friends - friends from their school, their place of worship, their neighborhood. They are likely to be playing together in your backyard or in your den after the game.

  5. Cheer ANY and ALL success on the ice. It DOES NOT matter what player OR team. They are all kids and they want you there to see them play.

  6. Don't care who wins or loses, they are having fun and that is the objective NOT winning or losing.


A special thanks to KY Youth Soccer for the article.
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