This section of the website has been put together with the intent of making not only your experience more positive, but also to make the players, officials, coaches and other parents experience more positive. We hope the links below will help everyone to reflect on the game and bring a different perspective to the game.
Lakeshore Minor Hockey Federation would like to extend their gratitude to you for the time and effort you put into making sure your kids enjoy their hockey experience.
All coaches in Lakeshore are volunteers. In order to make the program a success, parents’ involvement, positive encouragement and support are required at all times. When in the rinks please remember to be positive, help out if you can and support the volunteer coaches in their program and objectives.
We often hear parents cheering and encouraging from the stands but unfortunately not always exactly with the same objectives as the coach. Comments often include “get it out” when in the defensive zone, in the neutral zone “pass and/or skate” and in the offensive zone “shoot”. We most certainly encourage enthusiasm however please remember that the coaches are trying to teach the kids certain aspects of the game that may be more complex. Every effort should be made to NOT coach from the stands
Many of the referees officiating the games are past and present Lakeshore hockey players. In many instances the kids on the ice may be your kids or those of friends. Please remember that most of them are also learning to officiate and will make mistakes with some of their decisions. This is part of the game and the learning experience and should be accepted as such. Officials DO NOT get a chance to practice to hone their skills. They learn on the job. We would ask parents to lead by example, by not making officiating a determining factor in any game or situation.