Back to hockey! These were busy times, but the early morning practices, the struggle with uniforms and the expense were all worth it. I am such a supporter of children’s team sports. It’s great exercise, wonderful experience and parents must participate. You can’t take a very young hockey player and leave him or her to play without Mom and Dad in the stands! They have to see you cheering for them, encouraging them.
I remember watching the kids whose parents would just drop them at the rink and come back later. Perhaps they really didn’t have time to stay, but the look on their children’s faces as they scanned the bleachers, looking for someone to work hard for – someone besides the coach – was sad. Perhaps they did well in the long run, but it’s my guess that the kids who excelled at hockey (and everything else!), were the ones whose parents stayed to watch them play.