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I have 3 kids who play.....one playing with a club college team for fun, one in juniors and one in youth club. Seen it all. So all you first timers sit back and read on as I shall educate you.
The "period changers" as the Op put it are the ones who live vicariously through their kids...if you question this, ask yourself how often you talk about your kids team to others who do not have a kid on the team. They spend their time feverishly checking standings of other teams and even other leagues. They don't want their kid to pass the puck because they only want their kid to score. Reality is that they would rather have their little joey, johnny, mikie make a bad shot than pass the puck and have a teammate score. These are the same parents who "secretly" coach their kids on the ride home or when they are tying the little benders skates.
It all changes at bantom minor! If your bender is not aggressive in the corners or along the boards by squirt major, he is done and he should go play a soft like baseball or soccer.
My kid plays D, so I sit as close to center ice as possible, since he has an impact in all three zones.
Which - guess what - your precious little Forwards should, too. But since you've conditioned him to think all that matters is scoring - since he was 6 - he doesn't backcheck or do anything but stand around in the D zone waiting for the outlet pass.
The other thing about sitting up in the stands, at center ice is, you can actually enjoy the game!
So yes, I, too, laugh at the Period Changers.
So much hate on this board.
I have sat in the stands for a very long time, with the wife and our kids, but this year we have new parents in the stands who are embarrassingly loud and have no idea what they are talking about (screaming about offsides, icing, penalties, passing, etc..) so I have become a 200 foot walker and its not as bad as I thought. The dad's are very quit, really only pay attention when their kids are on the ice and actually have good conversation. I too use to mock them, but now realize they were on to something. Good luck choosing your seating in future.
Not a period changer but I love watching along the glass. 1) I avoid the constant coaching from the stands to either "skate" or "shoot it"... 2) I like to watch the play progress either up the ice or back (I am an endzone watcher as well) 3) My kid plays D so I like to see his work in front of the net or in the corners. 4) on the off chance he looks up going to a face off or after a goal against it's nice to give him a wink, nod or a clap.
It goes by very fast, if you have a chance to share a moment with your kid through a smile or something else it's nice to do. At some point, when they get older and you watch from the stands, you'll miss being able to watch little bender grow as a person and an athlete through the glass.
You also avoid all the mom talk - by far they are the worst when it comes to their kid and his/her ability. 9 times out of 10 they are the ones yelling to "shoot it"
I discreetly flip my son the bird every so often. Usually when he is struggling or in the midst of a tough game against a good opponent. Snaps him out of his funk, puts a smile on his face and re-energizes him. :sunglasses:
Sounds like most people on this board hate everything about their kids time in youth hockey. Post was probably a failed attempt at humor to begin with. Get a grip.
It's all about just getting the best view of play. I will first try the stands if the viewing area is high enough and good. I will stand by glass if stands suck and will switch ends after each period. If you have an issue with people switching ends to get a better view of the offensive play which is more exciting, then you have some serious deeper issues.
02 Top Gun “EHF Teir1” dads were the masters of the 200 foot walk. All 9 forward’s dads seemed to move in unison from squirts thru u14. High fives all around when the rare goal was scored. They seemed to be confused and unorganized at NESC games as certain rink’s designs made the walk more difficult to navigate.