Hockey Mom – ‘Encouragement’!
Posted by Dean Holden at February 27th, 2017
by CBC – The Irrelevant Show, 12 February 2015
Season 2015, Episode 300200615, 04:08
Young Ethan teaches his mom how to scream “encouragement” from the stands during his hockey games!
<One of the parents on my son’s Novice team, Glen Gunn, shared this short, humorous piece with the team and I felt it was applicable for any sport parent to hear; hopefully it will help create awareness into a problem prevalent across sports.
As a coach, I try to say very little during practice and game play; instead, I choose to talk to individuals waiting in line (or on the bench) or to groups. Keep it brief, ask the kids what they saw from their first person POV / what they did / ask would they do anything differently next time?
Try to resist ‘telling them’ and instead, ‘guide them’ through implicit learning and allow them to become ‘independent athletes’ instead of shouting at them, like a ‘x-box coach or parent.’
Kids / athletes need to focus on the task and decisions at hand, and honestly learn to tune out the parents and coaches. Shouting at them just causes more extraneous distractors and actually impairs their decision-making. Let them think and act for themselves. They will make mistakes and have successes. They learn from both. Experience is the greatest teacher! – DH>