page contents
skip navigation

Starting the Sportsmanship Conversation

06/02/2014, 3:45pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

The hyper-competitive youth sports environment has created a culture that has become accepting of poor sportsmanship.  This culture of competition is putting the positive youth sports experience that we want for our kids at risk, threatening to ruin the game for them.  As a parent, what can you do to fight poor sportsmanship and reverse this trend?

One of the most impactful things you can do is simply have a conversation with your kids on the topic of sportsmanship.

Are you wondering how to start the conversation on sportsmanship? Download our helpful handout which includes 4 easy steps:

  • Step 1: Start with explaining What Is Sportsmanship?
  • Step 2: Talk about When Sportsmanship Happens
  • Step 3: Discuss What To Do When You See Bad Sportsmanship
  • Step 4: Talk about Your Role As A Parent Is In Sportsmanship

While truly reversing this “win-at-all-costs” mentality cannot solely be accomplished with a single conversation, it is the first step in creating a culture that promotes and displays sportsmanship in youth sports.  It is your chance to remind your kids that sports can be much more than a series of games that are won or lost.

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility and integrity 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 good sportsmanship. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.

©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Positive Coaching Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full extent of the law.

Recent News

Most Popular Articles

Mobile Coach Practice Plan & Activity Tracker Tutorials Launch

08/25/2016, 4:00pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

See how to use these innovative tools

Body-Checking Clinic Builds Contact Confidence

08/25/2016, 3:30pm MDT
By USA Hockey

Aug. 25, 2016 | Body-checking is a skill, not unlike skating, shooting and stickhandling, and it’s a critical skill to teach. Rhode Island Hockey recently gave it special emphasis with a free on-ice checking clinic open to all players in the 12U, 14U and 16U age classifications. Hosted at Schneider Arena with help from Providence College men’s hockey head coach Nate Leaman and Roger Grillo from USA Hockey, the two-hour clinic welcomed more than 100 players for station-based instruction in the fine art of giving and receiving a body check properly.

“Body contact is sometimes an under-taught skill, but there’s so much value in teaching it, both in terms of helping young players become more successful and also in terms of injury prevention,” said Grillo. “It was great to team up with the Rhode Island coaches and offer a learning opportunity that’ll pay dividends for these kids throughout their hockey careers.”

The event was so successful that Rhode Island Hockey will host a second session Sept. 8 at Boss Ice Arena on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston. Led by Kevin Sullivan, Rhode Island Hockey’s American Development Model director, the clinic will likely become an annual offering to enhance players’ skill and contact confidence, especially for 13-year-olds progressing into their first season of 14U hockey.

“The initial idea came from a parent asking if we offer any checking-specific training for players transitioning from 12U to 14U,” said Bob Larence, president of Rhode Island Hockey.

There’s a component of body-contact training that happens at every level, from cross-ice 8U to small-area battle drills for older players, but the idea of a body checking-specific teaching event for tweens and teens seemed a beneficial complement to that team-level training, so Rhody ran with it.

“We all thought it was a great idea, and ultimately, it became a great collaboration with Rhode Island Hockey, USA Hockey and the local colleges – Providence, URI and Brown,” said Larence.

Final U.S. World Cup Roster Announced

05/27/2016, 4:00pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

Highlighting the seven players named Friday are five Olympians

Tag(s): Home  Players & Parents  News