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Parents of Squirts:
Here is some tough love, but think of it as me helping you and little bender out.
Get out of the locker room! This is not your space. You are not on the team even though you write the check. I will give some leniency to squirt minor parents for the first half of the season, but no leniency for squirt major parents....none.
1) All he needs from you is to possibly tie his skates.....just his skates. Let me repeat, just his skates or better yet, have him ask a coach to do it. If he isn't trying to tie his own skates as a squirt major, he better start soon....no parents in the peewee locker room. If you are tying his skates as a peewee, your kid will hear it from his teammates. Save him from the misery from the non-benders. Easy snowflake, it's not bullying, it's life.
2) Your kid can dress himself as a squirt. Stop helping him take his gear out of the bag and putting it on. If he wasn't dressing himself as a mite, your kid is a bender and you are not helping him de-bend himself.
3) If you are in the locker room when the coach starts his pregame talk, get the hell out. The coach hates, it despite what he says. This is not the time to straighten his bag out or decide little B needs his stick taped. By the way, he should be trying to tape his own stick too....I will save the topic for another thread.
4) Rules of Engagement for Squirt Parents:
- Take him to the rink
- Open the trunk, so your squirt can carry his own bag, stick and jersey in. (Town hockey parents can ignore the last one because your kids are allowed to put the jersey in their bag)
- Tell him what locker room his team is assigned to.
- Tell your kid to work hard, listen to the coaches and be a good teammate. Do not tell your kid to score a goal or tell him you will pay him for scoring a goal.
- Say to him "are you ok tying your skates today or are you going to ask coach to do it?"
- Cheer his team on...not just your kid.
- Please don't be a cattle bell ringer, standings checker or period changer....its just embarrassing.
- At the end of the game AND practice: STAY OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM. THIS IS TEAM TIME. Your kid will eventually come out of the locker room. If he comes out late, that is because he is having fun bonding with his teammates. Side note: If your kid is ALWAYS the first kid out of the locker room, your kid is not bonding with his teammates and you better look at other teams for tryouts.
- Have him carry his own bag, stick and jersey to the car. Only exception is if you are scrambling to get to a siblings game...that is the ONLY exception given at the Squirt level. If you break this rule, the other parents and players automatically label you as a bender family and will wish you well with your new team next year.
5) Remember, your kid will not play past HS despite how good he was (or you were) in his mite glory days.
6) You are welcome for the education, no thanks needed.
7) Yes, I do have too much time on my hands you can save the hate replies. The hate only comes from those who violate THE RULES.
Quote from BenderDad: "Slow work day...get back to work and stop posting BS...Moron"
Tisk, tisk: Someone didn't read Rule #7. #Bender4Life
I agree 100% You have to respect the jersey, show some self respect and don't just dump it in with filthy equipment. With that said, parents please take heed and GET OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM.... and for goodness sake.. STOP CARRYING YOUR KID'S BAG. There's a PW Minor dad around our club that carry's his kid's bag, its pathetic.
Last one, will some of you lazy parents wash your kid's foul-stench-god-awful-equipment. (Goalies exempt) Please don't give me that "it's hockey" stuff. Be a decent parent. He'll stink to high hell on his own when he hits puberty, until then, do him the favor. Nothing like walking past a row of Pee Wees, standing on the glass, waiting for the zam to finish... and feeling like you're about to hurl because Mommy or Daddy Bender are too busy at happy hour to disinfect the staph off of the old shoulder pads.
Two things. I tell my team look at the girls (this is boys hockey) carrying there shirts on hangers. We call them pussies. I actually did not know this was a team rule but we use it our advantage. Put you shirt in the bag like a man.
Second as a coach - I will tie skates but its not my job. If the kid cannot do it I would rather parent do it and then get out of the locker room. Last year for squirts I must have tied like 10 pairs of skates a game/practice. It sucks ass but there is no way I will tell a kid no.
This year for peewees I have one kids who I have to tie his skates and I have never seen his parents once. He gets a ride from his sister or something. I feel something must be going on at home so I just do it. They are still kids.
As long as you are good with 1-5, I'm good with that. :joy:
When I coached Squirts that was the first rule I implemented, no parents in the locker room for games or practice. Second rule, players tie your own skates. I also let them slide Squirt Minor year and the coaches tied a lot of skates but at Squirt Major they were on their own and they knew it. Told them to practice over the summer because next year they are on their own. Third rule, carry your own bag. Fourth rule, next bag you get has straps to carry it, no more roller bags, you look like a Mite and they take up too much room in the locker room. Hockey players carry their bags.
For those that disagree, as stated, you probably didn't play sports at a high level. The locker room is a special place for players and coaches only. Heck, even trainers know to stay in the training room and the players come to them for treatment.
You played pro? So does that make your son a pro-bender or a semi-pro bender. Will have to google that one.
The shirts on hangers is 'effin ridiculous.
These kids aren't on the friggin' Bruins.
unless you are playing house league, game shirts on a hanger is a must. respect the game, respect the jersey, respect the team, and respect the organization. It is as simple as that. This goes hand in hand with not wearing your game socks during practice. respect the uniform.
Game day is not practice. The earlier they learn the difference, the better. Mental preparation for game day begins long before they step on the ice. Ask any athlete that played beyond middle school, or high school JV, and they should know this.
as for skates. Yes, it is important that they learn how to tie their own skates "properly". However, if they are unable to lace them up tight enough as a squirt, you will only be sacrificing their development by forcing them to tie their own skates before they are doing it correctly. At the end of the day, what is more important?
So your the parent of the day little tard that waddles out of the rink with the blue slushy while you carry his bag and stick, then tell everyone at work your kid kid is “elite” because he plays Fed Silver?
Congrats, your kid will have his first sausage in his mouth in within 2 years and will be living in your basement until he is 35.