My children have a strong love for hockey and they look forward to it at the start of every September. They lace up their skates and hit the ice for hockey evaluations. Hockey evaluations are necessary to the sport to ensure your child is tiered on the right team so they have enough challenge, improve their skills, and guarantees they are not always that one player sitting on the bench.
The moment you begin to watch the children on the ice you can tell who will make tier 1, 2, and 3. It is these children that skate with precision and make each drill seem like a cake walk. They have a passion for the sport and have put the time in to be the best player on the ice.
One player we watched was on his way to being on one of the top tiers he skated fast and perfected each drill. But sadly his parents yelled at him from the stands “Improve your time! Skate harder!”
The time came where my son had to race against this child around the rink. My oldest picked up his speed but was no match for this young Crosby.
The parents still began to yell at their son to pick up his time! The child looked up at his parents in the stands then fell not wanting to get back up.
The parents looked down at the evaluators yelling “Do Over! Do Over!”
It was when our children moved onto the next set of drills the same parents yelled down at the hockey evaluators “What the hell are you doing? Why are you doing that drill?”
I understand the pressure and the cost to be the best in hockey. But I don’t understand is if you teach your child to be the best should you not lead by example and show respect to everyone in the sport regardless of how you feel about the evaluations.
The hockey evaluators and coaches want all of our children to succeed because that is why they are there to volunteer their time and service to our community. It is the volunteers that makes our community hockey league great because they are willing to put in the time for our children.
The moment parents begin yelling at the volunteers they are not teaching children the importance of respect in sports and fair play.
If you have a problem you don’t scream it out from the stands at the volunteers on the ice. You can contact the hockey director in private or fill-out the evaluation forms at the end of the season.
The least we can do is respect the people who are willing to volunteer their time so our children get a chance to play the game they love. We should always lead by example and when we fail to treat others with respect we fail our children.
What does respect in sports mean to you?
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