New to Hockey?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Youth Hockey!
Whether it’s competing for a gold medal, skating with neighborhood friends or volunteering at the rink, hockey can provide a lifetime of great moments—and fun—for you and your child. We want to make your (and your child's) experience a great one.
What should you expect as a hockey parent?
- Remember that they are kids and the focus is having fun!
- Be disciplined and set a good example for your child.
- Be supportive.
- Be positive. Use constructive criticism when appropriate.
- Get involved! Volunteer as a coach, team manager or join the Parma Hockey Association Board of Directors.
- Your child's coach is a volunteer, usually a parent as well. They donate their time and experience to help your child develop, both on and off the ice.
- Be respectful to everyone, including officials, even if there is a disagreement or conflict.
- Don't bully or harass. Speak out if you witness this type of behavior.
- Focus on the process, not the outcome.
- Kids learn best by doing.
- Praise your child's effort more than how they perform.
- Maintain a healthy balance of hockey and non-hockey activities.
- ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!
Nutrition, Hydration and Sleep
Think of food as fuel.
Encourage proper nutrition to maximize your child's performance and set them up for a healthier lifestyle.
- Eat well-balanced meals
- Include vegetables, fruits, lean protein and dairy and healthy fats
- Avoid heavy or fried foods, especially before games or practices
- When traveling, plan ahead by researching restaurant menus online
- Pack healthy snacks when on-the-go, such as fruit, nuts and cheese sticks
Drink more water!
Hockey is an intense sport, and your child will sweat a lot. Studies show that proper hydration plays a roll in cognitive function. Keeping your child hydrated will allow them to perform their best.
- Drink plain water while playing hockey or exercising
- Always have a water bottle during games or practices
- Limit juice, soda and other sugary beverages
Get the proper amount of sleep.
Getting adequate sleep is essential for optimal health and brain function.
- Children 3-6 years old should get 10-12 hours of sleep each night
- Children 7-12 years old should get 10-11 hours of sleep each night
- Children 12-18 years old should get 8-9 hours of sleep each night
Making Hockey Affordable
All youth sports require financial investment. Hockey costs can include season fees, equipment costs, tournament fees, travel costs and hotel stays.
Parma Hockey has some of the lowest fees in the area. See the current season fees by clicking on the "Programs" tab and selecting your players age group.
Make hockey more affordable by planning ahead and following these tips.
- Fit of the equipment is more important than brand names.
- Used or hand-me-down equipment is less expensive (or free!) but be sure to check that the equipment is still safe and fits properly.
- Check out Play It Again Sports https://www.playitagainsports.com/home
- Compare prices locally or online and look for deals. Try these online dealers:
- Hockey Monkey https://www.hockeymonkey.com
- Goalie Monkey https://www.goaliemonkey.com
- Stick Bandits https://www.stickbandits.com
- Remember that hockey gear makes a great birthday or holiday gift!
How do I dress my hockey player?
The Parma Hockey Association is here to help! Please reach out to your child's coach or the appropriate level representative if you have additional questions.
There is a wealth of information in USA Hockey's Parent Handbook, which can be found on their website by clicking the button below.