Abusive parents have been getting to be such a big problem at kids’ hockey games, at least one minor hockey association is considering extreme options.
But with the new season starting, there’s some hope that solution may not be needed.
Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey president Jim Humphrey says the abusive parent problem got so bad, that last January they considered banning the lot of them, abusive or not.
But Humphrey says that option is no longer on the table, with parents taking an online “Respect in Sport” course.
“They have signed a contract that spells out what the consequences are if they misbehave, and now it’s a matter of suspending the bad parents from the game.”
Humphrey says that at a game with anywhere between 30 to 80 parents attending, at least two of them could be expected to be abusive.
The online course tackles subjects such as handling winning and losing, losing perspective, using guilt on your child, misplaced enthusiasm, and making the “bigs”.