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Parents: If You're Yelling This, It's Not Working

By GT Capitals, 12/09/18, 4:15PM EST


Watching a game at a rink can be a loud experience. There is music playing in between whistles and coaches and parents yelling instructions to the players on the ice. It’s easy for the game’s youngest players to become overwhelmed trying to listen to everyone at once and end up misinterpreting the messages being delivered.

No player wants to make a mistake and having them focus on not making a mistake instead of choosing the correct play is not good for their development. It can be tough to think about how words are taken in from a player’s perspective. Remember that players often understand lessons easier if they are demonstrated beforehand.

Below is a breakdown of some commonly heard instructions at a rink and how the player’s thoughts on it may differ from the coach’s meaning. Players don’t always understand the jargon being used by adults and sometimes need the game to be broken down into much simpler, direct wording.

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