Yesterday I went to watch our local Minor Midget AAA Red Devils vs. Clarington AAA. I have a handful of players on the Red Devils that worked with me this summer, and one on Clarington. Of course, I've been around the sport long enough, both as a Fitness Professional and as a player, so I know what hockey parents can be like. Maybe I was just having one of those days where things annoy me more than others. Or maybe it really is continuing to get worse rather than better? (Thankfully neither of these people were parents whose kids I worked with - PHEW!)
Regardless, my issue with this was that her son is playing hockey right there in front of her (at a high level at that), and she was either too busy talking to this man beside me or watching him through her tablet screen. What's happened to us?? Put the technology down, hold your 20min conversation until the period ends and watch your child play the game he loves! (just my opinion).
At the end of the period, I couldn't take much more of her talking (she now moved on to the other side of me and was chatting with 3-4 other people whom also weren't many words in), so I moved to the far end where there were less people. It was there I had the pleasure of standing near two Clarington fathers who had no common sense/respect at all. The stereotypical hockey Dad I guess.
These two guys almost every time they opened their mouths were saying the F-word. Sure, I'm an athlete and I say it to, but I pick my spots and respect those around me. These two were saying it while 3-4 year olds were playing around them. There was another boy probably 7-8yrs old just below them. Then these Dad's start yelling at a few of our Quinte boys for something they did on the ice (all part of the game of course). All I can think of was what kind of an example are these people for their kids and others around them. How is this fun?? Granted some of these boys will be heading to junior hockey next year, but regardless, they're 15 years old, and these two are "grown men". Give me a break.
I totally believe that people can get into the game and yell "oh come on!" to the ref or other team, but don't drag it on. And don't use profanity with kids around. As a parent of a 5-year old, I'd love for my daughter to enjoy sports as I have my entire life; but how can I teach her the joy of sports when parents in the stands act like this?? Support your child, pay attention to their game, and support their team, but do it in a respectful way and in a way that will teach them sportsmanship and love of the sport.
We need to make a change in our way of thinking.