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Parents are the best good sportsmanship role models for their skaters

Children learn behavior from many different people in their lives — coaches, teachers, family, peers — but the people they learn the most from are their parents and/or guardians. That’s why it’s critical that you be a good sportsmanship role model for your skater.

Being a good sport is much easier said than done — just look at some of the examples we see from professional and collegiate coaches and athletes. You must maintain a cool head and healthy attitude if you expect your skater to do the same.

Here are some ways to model appropriate attitudes and behaviors:

  • Be positive about your child’s skating.
  • Understand your child’s expectations.
  • Help your child set realistic goals.
  • Be realistic about your child’s ability.
  • Don’t compare your child to another skater.
  • Trust your coach — and let your coach do the coaching.
  • Use honest and open communication with your coach.
  • Control your emotions in frustrating situations.
  • Keep negative thoughts to yourself.
  • Do not gossip with or about other parents, coaches or skaters.
  • Volunteer and assist at your rink facility or club.
  • Don’t make skating everything in your skater’s life.
  • Keep winning in perspective.
  • Help your skater focus on skating well and having fun.
  • Discipline when necessary.
  • Don’t meddle from the sidelines.
  • Respect and accept judges’ decisions.
  • Encourage all skaters and congratulate other skaters when they win.

Established in 1959, the Ice Sports Industry (ISI) — creator of America’s first learn-to-skate curriculum — is an international trade association encompassing all aspects of the ice sports industry. Our goal is to promote ice skating as a participant sport and recreational activity for everyone — all ages and abilities. Learn more about the ISI Ice Skating Program

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