The game of hockey is for kids. Kids play the game because they love it and because it is fun. As parents we must all realise that, for kids, positive participation is always more important than excellence. The personal and social development that comes from being part of a team is one of the most enriching experiences offered by the game. We must continue to live the values of fun and fair play, respect, integrity and teamwork with a balanced perspective of expectations and definition of success.
Our volunteers, our coaches, our umpires, our parents and our children are all critical partners in ensuring the game sustains these high values. No one, however, is more critical than you, our parents.
Being a hockey parent is no easy task. Hockey parents are often called upon to wear many different volunteer hats, some of which result in conflicting roles. A hockey parent may be a coach, manager, umpire, child warmer, taxi– any of whom is required to make decisions in everyone’s best interest while still being a mum or dad wanting what’s best for his or her own child.
Remember, it’s about fairness and respect!
It’s about play!
It’s all about family!
It’s about us all having fun and being kids!
What else could really be more important?
We have gathered together some resources that some of you may find useful. Please click on the links below to get information:
Good Sports- Encouraging Kids In Sport