The game of hockey is for kids. Kids play the game because they love it and because it is fun. As parents we must 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.
Being a hockey parent is no easy task. Hockey parents often fill not only the role of parent, but also the role of an essential hockey volunteer. Parents may be coaches, evaluators, directors, etc. Balancing these roles can be challenging. That is why BC Hockey and Hockey Canada provide resources and programs to assist parents in ensuring that their children’s hockey experiences are positive.
Lessons From Behind the Glass
As part of the Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands program, BC Hockey has partnered with the Vancouver Canucks and author of Lessons From Behind the Glass, Allyson Tufts, to create a video series of "lessons" to continue to promote sportsmanship and positivity in the stands.
Lesson 9 - Your Dreams Shouldn't Cost Your Integrity
Lesson 8 - Play Through the Politics
Lesson 7 - Enjoy the Ride. The Game Will Be Over Before You Know It
Lesson 6 - Nothing in Hockey is Free, But It's The Cost That Teaches You the Most
Lesson 5 - Raise a Good Person Who Loves to Play Hockey, Not Just a "Good Hockey Player"
Lesson 4 - Before You Yell at Your Child for Thier Performance on the Ice, Take a Look at Your Conduct in the Stands
Lesson 3 - Parents See Hockey Through a Different Set of Eyes
Lesson 2 - Leave Your Baggage at Home
Lesson 1 - Don't Force Your Passion
Stories About Each Lesson
CLICK HERE for more information on Lessons From Behind the Glass, where to purchase and the inspiration behind Allyson's story.
Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands
A educational program launched in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks encourages positive behaviour by hockey parents in the rink.
Minor Hockey Association Resources
Parent Code of Conduct and Fair Play Code Form
Parent Code of Conduct and Fair Play Code (PDF)
Other Parent Resources
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