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The Joy of being a Minor Hockey Parent

There’s so much to enjoy… relish the experience and take lots of pictures!

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Being a Minor Hockey Parent

There’s a lot to being a Minor Hockey Parent that doesn’t come written in any manual..

From registering your child, to purchasing their first set of equipment and taking them to practice on a cold, winter morning it’s a lot of work, and a lot of fun!

# Ways to enjoy your experience as a Hockey Parent

  1. Find something to celebrate in every experience… Not every young player is going to light up the scoreboard or even carry the puck in the right direction. All goalies are going to let in a few goals. In order to enjoy the successes you see in your child you also need to find something positive during the times when junior isn’t performing at the top of their game. One interesting story I read was about a parent whose kid had a breakaway and an opportunity to win the game but wound up doing a swan dive and losing the puck as if the blue line was a speed bump. The team went on to lose. After the game, when another parent went to console the Dad he replied, “Yeah, but did you see the way he stole that puck!”
  2. Enjoy all the smiles on the ice… Minor hockey is an amazing sport and the children are excited to be skating with their new friends, playing games and leaning new skills like raising the puck for the first time… enjoy these moments and the big smiles you see!
  3. Celebrate your Child’s first team… there’s nothing greater than that first time your son or daughter puts on their first hockey uniform. It’s very special and it confirms that they’re now a true hockey player. They are members of a team, have new friends who wear the same colours and they even have their own number, often one they got to pick.
  4. Don’t worry about the level your child plays at… Too many parents place greater emphasis on their child’s hockey status than the kids do. Instead, focus on development and making hockey a “fun time” for your child. In the earlier age groups most of the better players are bigger, often born earlier in the year and often have had older siblings in the game who they’ve learned from. The stars in Novice or Atom are often bypassed by the time everyone catches up in Bantam. If your child is determined, loves the game and you can support them with development programs they will see more opportunities as they get older.

There will be “highs” and “lows”…

No matter what you think about minor hockey, both your own expectations and those of your child will be tested.

On the positive side, when your young player scores their first goal, makes a great play or stops a breakaway and gloves the puck! WOW, those times will be exciting and full of memories!  And it doesn’t stop there… there are a lot of times when AWESOMENESS reveals itself, like when they have a few of their newfound friends over for a game of road hockey, or simply to play video games.  Making new friends… somebody they can introduce as “My teammate” will be a whole new feeling of accomplishment.  

On the other side of the proverbial puck, resides some of the more challenging times.  It might be something as simple as they wished to be playing a different position, their coach yelled at them, or that their stickers came off their helmet.  In more extreme cases, they didn’t make the team that their friend is going to play on or they gave the puck away and the other team scored… been there a few times!

The point is, that they’re still young children for most of their playing time, on average.  Try to focus on being supportive and encouraging them to overcome adversity. 

Hard work outperforms skill, when skill doesn’t work hard!

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