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10 Sanity Tips for Minor Hockey Parents | When in Doubt, Glass and Out
1. Hockey is a Fun Game, Period The number one goal in all youth sports is to have fun. Hockey, at its purest form, is recreation and nothing more. When kids begin playing hockey, they don't know the meaning of the word "Salary". They have no idea what a contract is or an agent or why NHL players go from one team to another. When kids first develop an interest in hockey, it is purely for fun. Too often this cold hard fact is forgotten and becomes lost amid a tornado of ego, politics and misdirection. When things become hairy and stress levels escalate, take a deep breath and read that three-letter word over and over again—F-U-N, F-U-N, F-U-N… 2. Development is More Important Than Winning Not too long ago, I had the unenviable task of listening to a parent tell me that their 10-year-old son has been crying himself to sleep for the past week because he has been getting two shifts a game, rotting on the bench. The coach wants a championship and because it is the