Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goal Celebrations: Please make it stop

I've been coaching and watching a lot of youth hockey lately and it's killing me to watch these kids celebrate.  It's a TEAM game.   For the love of all things that are right in this world, please celebrate with your team and don't make a spectacle of yourself.  It's not cute, it's not cool.  Congratulate the guy who sent you the puck and move on.  It's not about you.  This weekend I watched a kid after scoring his umpteenth goal, try to flip his stick over and and shoot it while on one foot and face plant directly into the ice.  My first thought was, well, never mind on that.  I was stunned at the amount of people watching that thought it was great.

Please don't teach your kids to be show-offs or promote this stuff. I understand the game is supposed to be fun but to me it's an attitude thing.  I know I'm talking about youth hockey but it drives me nuts.  Teach your kids to show respect.  Respect for their opponents, their teammates, coaches and the most importantly the game.

Look, I know there is a time and place for a celebrations.  Still they should be TEAM celebrations.  Be part of the team, not an individual. Below is my visual guide to Good and Bad goal celebrations.

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PLEASE.  I Beg you. PLEASE, don't ever do this on my rink. Ever.

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(See note on last Real Bad)


Please comment and let me know your thoughts on this one.  I'd love to hear what you think.

2 comments:

  1. I agree 150%! Two weeks ago I watched a kid on our high school freshman team, a 7th grader, (our school allows 7 & 8 graders to play on the freshman team, another subject that I don't agree with either, but that's another topic) celebrate after what he thought was a goal...it didn't go in and play continued, but he still continued his celebration. The best part was that it was late in the third period of a 11-3 blowout!! And our team was on the LOSING end! I was thoroughly embarrassed. The parents from the other team looked around at us with the look of "Really??" He should have been benched for the following two games! If that was my kid, I would have yanked him off the ice, and embarrassed HIM. This is a great sport, parents PLEASE teach your children to be respectful of this game. TEAM SPORT!!

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  2. David, Thanks for the comment and it's sad for sure.
    Had a player on my team Tebow last year in a playoff game that we were losing. Needless to say, I wasn't a happy coach on the bench and the boys new it.

    Again, I know they are young and it should be fun so I have practices for them to 'get this out of their system'. In fact Friday night I plan a long shoot out and a 'goal celebration' at the end just for fun.

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