The Loud Hockey Parent
I finally met that one loud hockey parent.
You know the one…
They have to make a comment on every little thing the kids do on the ice.
They try to be the honourary coach of the team and belt out instructions like it’s their job.
They stand up, yell and wave their arms about when they are really passionate about a play gone wrong or a ref who made a bad call.
When they stand up, they tend to block the view of the ice surface for those who are sitting behind them (which is what happened to us a lot during this particular game).
The yelling really gets to me. Especially when it is the parents yelling at the kids. It’s just a game. These players are only 7 and 8 years old. Let them have fun and play. This isn’t the NHL people. We have to remember, minor hockey is for the children. I especially loved this quote I read in an article where the author states, “They don’t have to adjust to us; we have to adjust to them. We have to make certain we’re not in any way, spoiling their experience.”
And I know this kind of behaviour is not just limited to hockey. It happens in all sports.
My personal thought, why yell at all? Do the kids even really hear you out there? Especially, when they already have their coaches feeding them their instructions? I just don’t get it.
I was so stressed after one game because of all the yelling. I couldn’t take it. I felt so drained afterward. I don’t know how the kids can handle it.
Back to my encounter with the loud hockey parent. At one point she starts to yell, “hey (insert community name here)! You’re a player short! YOU’RE A PLAYER SHORT!”
I had to laugh. If she had not been so busy yelling, she would have noticed that her team got a penalty and that was why they were a player short for their next face off.