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40 Worst hockey parent’s behaviors you need to avoid

I can provide you with a longer list of 40 common hockey parent behaviors that are generally considered negative and should be avoided:

  1. Yelling at coaches, referees, or other players during games or practices.
  2. Pressuring their child to perform at a level beyond their capabilities or to win at all costs.
  3. Criticizing their child’s performance in a harsh or negative manner.
  4. Publicly berating or humiliating their child or other children on the team.
  5. Disrespecting other parents or players, including making negative comments or spreading rumors.
  6. Ignoring rules and regulations set by the league or team.
  7. Taking over coaching responsibilities or undermining the coach’s authority.
  8. Showing favoritism towards their own child or a particular player.
  9. Encouraging aggressive or violent behavior on the ice.
  10. Focusing solely on hockey to the detriment of their child’s overall well-being, including neglecting schoolwork or other important aspects of their life.
  11. Arguing with other parents, coaches, or referees in front of children.
  12. Interrupting the coach during games or practices to give feedback or advice.
  13. Complaining about the coach’s decisions or strategies in front of other parents or players.
  14. Refusing to accept feedback or constructive criticism about their child’s performance.
  15. Blaming the coach, referee, or other players for their child’s mistakes or losses.
  16. Undermining team morale by talking negatively about other players or the team in general.
  17. Refusing to let their child miss a game or practice for any reason, even when they are sick or injured.
  18. Overscheduling their child with too many games or practices, leading to burnout or exhaustion.
  19. Expecting special treatment or privileges for their child, such as more ice time or preferred positions.
  20. Ignoring their child’s physical or emotional needs, such as not providing enough rest or proper nutrition.
  21. Ignoring the importance of teamwork and focusing solely on individual performance.
  22. Not allowing their child to have fun or enjoy the game.
  23. Encouraging their child to retaliate or engage in dirty play when they feel wronged.
  24. Shaming or belittling their child for mistakes or losses.
  25. Using hockey as a way to live vicariously through their child’s successes or failures.
  26. Making excuses for their child’s poor performance instead of addressing the underlying issues.
  27. Ignoring or dismissing their child’s concerns or feedback about their hockey experience.
  28. Failing to communicate effectively with the coach or team administrators.
  29. Ignoring the importance of good sportsmanship, such as shaking hands after a game or showing respect for the opposing team.
  30. Pushing their child to play through injuries or pain.
  31. Encouraging their child to play above their age level or physical ability.
  32. Focusing solely on winning and disregarding the importance of player development and improvement.
  33. Refusing to acknowledge or accept the limitations of their child’s abilities.
  34. Using physical or verbal abuse to discipline their child for hockey-related mistakes.
  35. Taking credit for their child’s success on the ice instead of recognizing the efforts of the entire team.
  36. Being overly critical or demanding of the coach or team administrators.
  37. Disrespecting the rules of the game or the league, such as failing to pay fees or failing to attend required meetings.
  38. Encouraging their child to cheat or bend the rules to gain an advantage on the ice.
  39. Failing to recognize and address the signs of concussion or other injuries.
  40. Failing to provide a positive and supportive environment for their child’s hockey experience.

These behaviors can have a negative impact on your child.