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The first Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey Wine Tasting will be held Friday February 6, 2015 from 7:00P.M. to 11:00P.M. at Crestview Country Club in Agawam. There will be five wine vendors sampling five different wines apiece from 7-9:30. For those that don't drink wine there will be a full cash bar open from 7-11. There will be a buffet style dinner served and we will also have a musician playing throughout the tasting. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any board member. See everyone there and get ready to have a good time!
With the season passing its midpoint its time to start thinking about a few things for next year. Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey is a non-profit that is run by volunteers. Our Board of Directors elections will be coming up in a couple of months and we are looking for people to fill a few spots that will be available. If you are interested please see any of our currant board members.
We are still looking for people for the evaluation comity. Again if you are interested please see any of our board members.
On opening day of the baseball season, somebody famous usually throws out the ceremonial first pitch. You know it's opening day of the minor hockey season, the old joke goes, when the first parent is thrown out.
OK, so we're kidding. Sort of.
It's minor hockey time again. The best and worst time of the year all wrapped up in one.
So, at absolutely no cost, we are providing the Unofficial Guide To Being A Better Hockey Parent. Here are some guidelines:
Support Your Child: And we're not talking economics here. Research has shown the majority of kids participate in minor sports first and foremost to have fun. Kids aren't thinking NHL at age 11, even if some parents are. Let them have fun, their fun. You can enjoy it, just don't live it for them.
The Car Ride Home: This can be a point of major friction between players and parents. Don't get in the car after games and ask a million questions. Don't criticize their play -- or pick apart their teammates. Let them talk. Let them say what's on their mind. Respond with a lot of uh-huhs, and "I sees." If you want to ask questions, ask if they had fun? This can be an emotional ride after an emotional game. Make it better. Don't make it worse.
Support Your Coach: The majority of minor hockey coaches are volunteers, giving of their time. Some are more qualified than others. Some are better communicators than others. But almost all of them, to start with, deserve the benefit of the doubt. If you second guess the coach in front of your child, all you are doing is undermining your own child's experience. There is an old T-shirt I've seen around that ironically describes the relationship between coach and hockey parent: It reads "Of course I know more than the coach," and on the back it says "I'm a hockey parent."
Don't be a Stop Watch Parent: This isn't an exaggeration. I have seen parents in the stands with stop watches timing the amount of ice time their child received. Stop watch parents watch only their children, but never the game. They know how much ice their kid gets, but not how much anyone else gets. They get excited when their child scores, but couldn't care less when another one does. One of the great lessons of sport is how teamwork can make a difference. Teamwork among the parents is often as important as the team work amongst kids. One stop watch parent -- or similar squawkers -- can alter the chemistry of a minor hockey season.
Give The Referees A Break: OK, as a career big mouth, I should be the last guy preaching this to anybody but I start every hockey season hoping I'll change and each year I get a little bit smarter. If refereeing was that easy, anyone could do it. And most can't. But I can tell you this from experience: The more you carp, the more you yell, the less calls you get. Referees can hear you. They are, for the most part, trying their best. They make mistakes, just like coaches make mistakes, just like players make mistakes. Only we don't let them get away with any. Try and behave. Losing it in a rink can be embarrassing for your child, not to mention yourself.
Use The 24-Hour Rule: Even if your team doesn't have it, it should. The 24-hour rule works this way. If you have something to say to the coach, or they have something to say to you (that could be contentious) wait 24 hours after the event or the game before discussing it. By this time, you have better perspective, they have better perspective and a lot of arguments naturally are eliminated in the process. Hockey is an emotional game. It's best to let the emotions simmer before talking to the coach, adult to adult, preferably away from the rink.
Make sure to check out the weekly updates tab to see how our Lightning teams did the past weekend! Also I know at least one of the teams is posting notes under the teams game results so make sure to check out all of your teams pages!
We are forming an evaluation committee and looking for volunteers. The committee will consist of 3 to 5 members and will be responsible for reviewing our evaluation policy, setting up our evaluations, getting evaluators, working with the scheduler, insuring the rules are followed during the evaluations and finalizing the results. Anyone interested can contact Roger Jablonski
The following dates have been set up for goalie clinics. October 27, November 17, December 1, January 19, and February 16. All clinics start at 7:00 P.M. and all goalies in the organization are encouraged to attend!