January 18, 2005

Parents, Be Good Sports

I coach my sons' recreational soccer teams. My daughter (age 5) played soccer for the first time in the Fall in a different rec league. A referee made a good call in one of her games that led to the other team's not getting a goal. At the end of the game, which they tied, the other team's coach was telling his little girls that it was all right, they won anyway, and the score was really one for his team, one for their opponents, and one for the ref.

Five year olds.


Fortunately, most parents, coaches, and refs over the five years that I've been coaching have been very positive. They want the kids to learn to play and to play their best, but only as a means of having fun and getting some exercise. They have not been fanatical about winning or ashamed of losing.

So I'm glad to see that Hockey Canada has assembled a set of wonderful public service announcements to drive home the message that parents should be good sports.

If you've got a fast internet connection, check out the videos here.

The kids are watching. And they repeat what they see and hear.

(link via Bad Jocks).

Posted by JohnL at January 18, 2005 09:41 PM

Congratulations! Looks like you're getting enough traffic to pick up comment spam.

And yeah, some parents get waaay too involved.

Posted by: owlish at January 18, 2005 10:10 PM

Yeah, I was all excited to see the surge in comments until I read them. Took me about 15 minutes to clean them off and ban their IP addresses.

Posted by: JohnL at January 19, 2005 11:31 AM
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