A Message to Parents:
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 realize 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. We must celebrate our good
experiences with this great game.
Our volunteers, our coaches, our referees, our parents and our children are all critical partners in ensuring
the game sustains these high values. No one, however, is more critical than our parents. We must particularly
assist our parents in setting reasonable expectations while understanding the game, its process and its
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, evaluator, director or a
referee – any of whom is required to make decisions in everyone’s best interest while still being a mom or
dad wanting what’s best for his or her own child. Parents wrestle with reconciling their roles and
controlling their passion as fans while being faced with the constant challenge of ‘doing the right thing’.
Hockey Canada is committed to helping those parents meet these challenges to ensure they continue to enjoy
the game and have as much fun as their kids.
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?
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