You should rotate the forwards back there ASAP. Firstly, it will help the parents realize that their kids stinks too, secondly if it great for their development to see the game from the D position and lastly it will help everyone realize how important back checking is..... you should do some of this anyway but definitely at the level this sounds like... if the kids can't get a puck to net and are falling over you are talking mites and or very low level hockey so just mix it around and make sure they are having fun.
Sounds like you have a team of dusters, Coach. Teach them to skate in practice. Teach them positioning before/during games.
Defesemen is the most thankless job on the ice. Forward score a couple garbage goals and fail to backcheck an entire game and he gets praise; goalie has a 10 save shut-out and he gets praise; defensemen is only noticed when something goes wrong and he gets no credit for the wins. Easily the most difficult position on the ice (positioning, skating, split second decision making)and why a kid would want to do it is beyond me.
Maybe have your superstar forward backcheck for once?
Everyone please take the hooks out of your mouths. This thread was started by a disgruntled goalie dad who objected a couple of weeks ago to a thread about bad goalies making identical statements.
Applaud him, he sucked you in.
And I thought it was posted by Bruce Cassidy complaining about Tory Krug.... What a disaster he has been this season and with that contract he might be trolling the local rinks looking for his own coaching job.