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My additions to the rules:
If you are going to move your kid, it's best to have him/her skating with the prospective club well ahead of tryouts. The better coaches know most, if not all, of their team well in advance of the annual revenue generator.
If you plan on moving, don't talk about with the current parents or coaches. It's both awkward and useless & nothing good comes from it.
Teach your kids to be responsible for their own gear, they shouldn't be relying on you to make sure they didn't forget anything by PeeWees.
And my #1 addition to the rules: Follow coaches, not clubs or leagues. Your child's coach is the person who will have the greatest impact on your child, both positive & negative. Choose wisely! (I wish I didn't learn this the hard way, my oldest sons Squirt years would have been much more enjoyable.)
"Follow coaches," and we're glad we stuck with Sgt. Hulka. Once the thick veneer wears through there is a heck of a hockey coach under there.
I understand why the coaches wear the team jacket to a game or practice but please do not wear them otherwise. Not ever!! If you were the 3rd assistant back in mites please do not wear the jacket while in the stands at your kid (s) games. You look like a tool and you deserve to get rolled in the parking lot.
Love going the a Bruins game or a Hockey East game and seeing the toolbag kiddie coaches wearing their team gear.
List has been around for years. Guy saved it and is just cutting and pasting. Have a sense of humor.
And if you didn't know a "rule" and "violate" it, do whatever you want, but the kids know the "rules" too and "violators" get a good amount of grief in the locker room.
So when your kid tells you he doesn't want his shirts in a Tuxedo Bag any more, listen to him.
Rule for moms:
If you want your kid to be on a Fed team, be prepared to do things for the coach that you have never done before, even for your husband.
I think it's not about what your kid will turn out to be rather it is there to save you the embarrassment. Hockey people are sticklers about this subject. It like showing-up to a YMCA men's beer league basketball game wearing Larry Bird hot pants. Don't do it.
You may want to check with the wife about that buddy. Very good chance he's not your kid.
Hey if you want to carry your kids bag occasionally do it.
If you want to help your kid with his skates do it.
Help and encourage your kid with homework and school.
Hug your kid.
Tell your kid you love him.
Teach him how to eat , exercise, and live healthy.
But, take him out for cheese burgers or pizza often with his friends.
If you do this, and your kid doesn't make it to the pros, d-1, or high school, at least you still have a great kid.