These commandments shall be followed by all hockey parents, regardless of thy child’s age or skill level.
- Thou shalt encourage all players, even thy child’s opponents
- Thou shalt not use the ref’s name in vain
- Thou shalt get to games and practices on time
- Thou shalt inform thy coach when game and practices will be missed
- Thou shalt not demand more ice time for thy child
- Thou shalt not coach from thy bleachers
- Thou shalt not live thy dreams through thy child
- Thou shalt teach respect and good sportsmanship to thy child
- Thou shalt be unconditionally supportive
- Thou shalt remember that hockey is just a game
These commandments are basic rules that any hockey parent should follow, regardless of whether your child is in a competitive league or a casual one. Print these commandments out, and make them visible in your home. Have a copy pinned right above where your child keeps their hockey gear, so you see it before you leave for every practice and every game. Coaches, print these out and hand them out to parents. Great minor hockey teams and associations are created when parents and coaches are on the same page. It is important to remember that hockey is a game, and that minor hockey is there for the kids. A winning record does not necessarily equal success; seeing kids smiling and enjoying the game of hockey is the greatest victory a team can hope for.