How have you handled hecklers at kids games?

June 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM 1 comment

How does one handle a parent who feels they should jeer, heckle, and express  negative opinions at kid’s games?

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It is a real problem, any suggestions?

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  • 1. Sharon  |  June 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    USA Hockey( national accociation that structures and controls youth hockey) allows local, in Illinois that is AHAI (association that structures youth hockey in Illinois) or NIHL(league) within AHAI), hockey teams to ban abusive parents from games. The abuse must be serious. The abuser has to be reported to someone in authority such as a league manager. The event/s are investigated and an AHAI or NIHL committee recommends sanction or actual banning from games and practices. As a last resort, the child of the abusive person can be asked to leave the team. All teams should have rules for misconduct in place before a child joins a team. Parents and the child should sign a contract which clearly states consequences. Coaches should be clear to the children and the parents what the rules are. Lastly, there should be a sign posted reminding them this is a just a game.

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