You are a parent or a coach responsible for a young prospect athlete playing a sport. He/she needs your support and encouragement.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SECOND,
SPORTSMANSHIP & RESPECT THIRD,
The diagram below presents some guidelines about the behavior that parents, tutor, or even coaches should have with a prospect athlete. This list of rules is not complete but it helps to present a line of conduct that we as coaching staff enhances while working with young prospects:
There’s more to life than hockey. Prospects should enjoy winning and how to handle defeat. Remember that these school athletes enjoy PLAYING a sport and it is important to allow them to establish their own goals and play the game for themselves. Be careful not to impose your own standards or objectives.
A healthy and risk-free environment that emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship, fair play, and discipline and, most importantly, fun will be invaluable for your child as she or she continues to develop a positive self image. Strive to be supportive and point out the things they do well.
Have fun and enjoy supporting your child/player in the best you can, but not overdue it!