On and off the ice: A case study of the involvement of parents in competitive youth hockey

Kimberley A Thompson
Initially played for fun, friendship, and an opportunity to exercise, hockey has since become a Canadian tradition rendering it an obsessively competitive culture year-round (Russell, 2(00). Several incidents of inappropriate parental behaviours at minor hockey games have recently received national media attention (Robidoux & Bocksnick, 2010). Hence, it is critical that parents examine their own beliefs and attitudes regarding what they believe youth sports should be all about (Heinzmann, 2002), which highlights the need for...
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