The all-new USA Hockey Parents' Community website is designed for parents of 4-8 year olds so that their experience with hockey is an exciting one. Hockey is one of the greatest sports in the world and your child will learn not only the necessary skills to be a successful player, but life lessons as well.
Are YOU putting too much pressure on your Hockey Player?
The Pressure To Perform
When the emphasis on winning gets out of control and overzealous parents become aggressors in a quest to achieve perfection, young children are often inappropriately pressured to perform. In fact, across North America, cases of aggressive parental behavior during youth sporting events, including youth hockey games, are reported with increasing frequency in the media.
In a 2001 survey conducted by Sports Illustrated for Kids, 74% of the 3,000 children who participated in the survey said they had witnessed adults acting out of control during youth sporting events. The need to make a difference and to return hockey and other sports to the fun games they are meant to be is now more relevant than ever.
The following incidents have made recently made headlines and further support the idea that inappropriate behavior by parents and fans in youth sports is becoming a very serious problem one that takes the fun out of playing sports for many children.