2Educational Materials Include: USA HOCKEY Attempts To Educate Parents When They First Get Involved With HockeyEducational Materials Include:“Relax, It’s Just a Game” PSA’s, posters, etc.“Parents In Hockey” video“Establishing a Good Relationship Between Coach and Parent” brochure“Parent’s Introduction to Youth Hockey” brochure“Sportsmanship – Does it Matter?” brochureEasy to read Official Rules of USA HockeyUSA Hockey Annual Guide
3“Relax, It’s Just a Game” Campaign and “Parents in Hockey” Video: Show specific examples of unacceptable behavior by parents and spectators.The video provides positive examples for hockey parents’ behavior when dealing with their kids, other players, officials and opponents.Should be shown to every parent at the beginning of every season.
4“Establishing a Good Relationship Between Coach and Parent” brochure: Outlines suggestions for developing a good working relationship between parents and coaches.Acknowledges that parents play a very important role in the success of a positive youth sports program.Parent Code of Conduct encourages parents to learn all they can about the game and get involved as a volunteer.Includes codes of conduct for coaches,parents and players.
5“Parent’s Introduction to Youth Hockey” brochure: Includes tips on buying equipmentRules of the gameThe role of parents in youth sports
6“Sportsmanship – Does It Matter?” brochure: Encourages sportsmanship and attempts to eliminate the “winning is everything” attitude.Outlines many positive reasons to play the game other than just to win.Also includes codes of conduct for players, coaches, parents, officials, spectators and administrators.
12At HOME and in the CAR Remember: There is more to life than hockey.Do not COACH your child on the way to a game. ENCOURAGE FUN and TEAMWORK.LISTEN to them and BE SUPPORTIVE.NEVER second guess your child.NEVER second guess a coach.
16At the Rink… Have the rink be a POSITIVE place. Be CERTAIN your child’s equipment is in good shape and fits properly.Be AWARE of any potential dangerous areas in the arena. Point them out to the coach or rink manager.
17INITIATION PROGRAM “FUN and SKILLS” brochure Focuses on the Basic Hockey Skills.Curriculum is a “One” Step at a Time Concept.Provides a Positive, Non-Competitive Atmosphere.Develops Players’ Self-Respect and Self-Discipline.
18CROSS-ICE PROGRAMProvides an intermediary program between the Initiation Program and a full-ice program for 8 & Under players.Stresses participation, fun and skill development.Provides a positive environment for learning the fundamental skills of hockey.
19COACHING PROGRAM A Comprehensive Coaching Education Program Coaching Education LevelsInitiationAssociateIntermediateAdvancedMasterHigh Performance WorkshopsSkill WorkshopsACE Coordinators
20ACE COORDINATORSThe Associate Coaching Education Coordinator establishes and maintains an Association Resource Center for coaches, players and parents.Oversees the recruitment, selection, training, evaluation and disciplining of all coaches.Plans, develops and organizes skating clinics, goaltending clinics, checking clinics and any other clinic which will meet the needs of the association’s players.Develops a teaching and practice curriculum for the association and its coaches.Evaluates and supervises practice sessions and offers constructive criticism to improve the program.Communicate to Association Coaches theircertification requirements.
21OTHER ISSUES IN YOUTH HOCKEY Parents Expectations of Their ChildValues of Youth HockeyProper EquipmentSafety Around the RinkParents and RefereesParent/Spectator ZERO TOLERANCE PolicyDrug AwarenessExpense of the Game
22If All Parents/Guardians, Coaches And Officials Can IMPROVE Their Outlook On The GAME, The TRUE Winner Of Our Sport Will Be The KIDS!!
23EVERYONE WINS Being a winner is quite easy to face, But it takes a big personto accept loss with grace.To stand and shake handsafter losing a game,And watch as anothergets glory and fame,Takes honor and courage—so stand straight and tall,And know in your heartthat you gave it your all.You’ll earn much respect—‘cause losing’s no sin,Showing good sportsmanshiplets everyone win.ANN DOTTE
24PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DISTRICT REGISTRAR FOR A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE OFFICIAL RULES OF ICE HOCKEY AND THE USA HOCKEY ANNUAL GUIDE.
25For further information, contact the Youth Ice Hockey or Coaching Education Departments of USA Hockey at USAH (8724)