The Roles of the Coach, Official and the Parent
Temecula Valley Inline Hockey is a recreational league in the spring and fall seasons. Objective is to teach the youth of the community the fundamentals of the sport, the ideals of good sportsmanship as well as team work, commitment and respect. All members of the organization shall remember that the winning of the game is secondary and that fundamentals, hockey skills and character development are of prime importance.
The Role of the Coach
The primary responsibility of all coaches should be to guide and improve their players’ hockey skills as well as their personal development on and off the rink.
Players mirror the behavior of their coaches, whether or not this behavior is positive or negative. Coaches are often one of the most influential people in a young player’s life. Thus, the coach must lead by example by maintaining his/her composure regardless of the situation and teaching the players to conduct themselves in a similar manner. The coach must act professionally when dealing with other coaches, referees, players and parents at all times. Likewise, a coach must always maintain control of his/her actions and promptly discipline players, when they abuse the rules or behave in an unsportsmanlike fashion.
The coach must place fair play and respect for all participants, referees, other coaches, players and parents above winning. Everybody likes to win, but it is important not to lose focus of the big picture. The “win at all costs” mentality has no place in inline hockey. Coaches must realize that the result of the game will be determined primarily by the players. All other participants, especially the referees, are not to be used as scapegoats.
It is the coaches’ responsibility to know and understand everything in the playing rules before he/she gets behind the bench.
The Role of the Referee
Obviously, there can be differences of opinion on judgment calls, but both referees and coaches must strive toward creating a quality program for the players. If referees and coaches can work together toward this common goal, the sport of inline hockey will be more successful.
The role of the referee is not an easy one. The challenge that they accept can, at times, be a thankless one. Referees are a critical aspect of the game. They serve as a teacher by helping young players learn the rules and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The referee’s role is also one of the disciplinarian who must cite players who break the rules of the game. Likewise, referees must be a friend to the players and coaches by listening to their points of view with a clear understanding of what is being said.
Referees must always officiate with the safety of the players and coaches foremost in their minds. The rules that concern safety must be strictly and consistently enforced.
To accomplish this, referees must be sure to carefully differentiate between the degrees to which the rules are administer in cases such as deliberate body checking and incidental body contact.
Regardless of how competitive a game becomes, players and coaches are expected to treat their opponents, and teammates, with dignity and respect. Without mutual respect among opponents, coaches, referees and the sport, the game loses its meaning.
The Role of the Parent/Guardian
The role of the parent/guardian is a crucial one that carries an enormous amount of responsibility. There are six key issues that parents/guardians must keep in mind for everyone to have a positive and enjoyable experience.
1. Remember, your child participates because it is fun. Do not lose focus of this.
2. De-emphasize game results and focus more on effort and participation.
3. Learn the rules and support the referees.
4. Emphasize team play and skill development with your child. Always applaud good
efforts, regardless of the outcome of games.
5. Get to know your coach. Learn their philosophies and goals for the year.
6. Remember, coaches are volunteers and are trying their best to help develop your
child as a player and more importantly, as a person-so lend your support.
As we approach the start of the season it is vital that everyone review their role. There is going to be disappointment, happiness, sadness, and sometimes a high level of stress if we do not understand where we are and where we are going. Everyone has a job to do, so lets do it together for the benefit of the kids.
Sit back, cheer and watch your child do his/her best at this great sport.