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At Responsible Sports, we want your kids to win on and off the ice. One way for them to win is to have positive parents involved with positive coaches to create positive youth sports outcomes. How do you achieve that? We have suggestions for both parents and coaches!
As a parent, help the coach by preparing your children to work well with him or her. How can you make your kids more “coachable?”
Here are three other ways to positively engage with the coach:
Finally, and most importantly, Don’t Put the Player in the Middle.
There are situations that you or your kids need to address with the coach. How you address the issue is just as important as resolving the issue itself.
Before you as the parent intervene, make sure you’ve asked yourself, “Is this something that my child should do for his or herself?” Why is it valuable for your young athlete to approach the coach first?
However, there may come a time when you must intervene. In that situation, talk with your child before intervening. Let him or her know why you must get involved.
As a coach interested in developing players as athletes and people, it’s important to remember that your players’ parents can be your closest allies.
So make sure to hold a pre-season meeting with all the parents. Enter the meeting with a well-prepared agenda. Besides addressing your coaching philosophy and goals for the season, what are some other items that should be discussed in this meeting?
This meeting is a great step toward building the groundwork for positive relations with parents in the future. Of course, it’s generally a good learning experience for the young athletes themselves to approach you with any issues.
But sometimes, parents will want to speak with you directly about issues like playing time and position. How should you react?
Ultimately, as a Responsible Sport Coach, you must do what you think is right, just as you would teach your players to do and just as the players’ parents would teach them also.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!
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Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!