Please read through the items below. These are important roles we need our DCYH parents to be a part of.
Families with multiple players will be responsible for the volunteer deposit amount designated for each child, with a family max deposit of $400. Families with multiple skaters will be required to complete the designated volunteer hours for the child registered at the highest level and 6 extra hours for each additional child.
A check for Volunteer Deposit post dated 3/1/2018 must be turned in to DCYH prior to your skater's first practice for the 2017-18 season for them to be allowed to participate.
Checks will not be cashed unless the hours are not fulfilled by the end of the season. Volunteer deposits will only be returned if ALL hours are completed and you pick them up at the annual board meeting in April. All others will be destroyed. All volunteer hours will be posted on our website under DIBS throughout the season for you to claim to fulfill your hours.
Volunteer requirements can be completed by:
Working in the DCYH Concession Stand.
Coaching one our youth teams (pending assignment by the DCYH Hockey Oversight Committee).
Team Manager (pending assignment of the team head coach and approval of the DCYH Hockey Oversight Committee).
Other volunteer opportunities as set forth by the DCYH Board of Directors.
Each skater must complete one of the following options by December 1st, 2017 and there is no pro-rating, which means you can't sell half of the pizza requirement and then pay half of the cash buyout requirement to meet a full requirement for one skater.*
*For families with multiple skaters, each skater over 2 will receive a 50% discount on the required amounts above. See example below:
Example: Smith family has three children participating in DCYH.
Parents are comfortable giving instructions to their child and this comfort naturally spills over into athletic competitions. However, when it comes to game time instruction, coaches, league staff, officials and sports psychologists all have one word of advice – DON’T!
Although it seems like a good idea to yell "pass" or "hustle" from the sidelines, studies show that these instructions cause more distraction than help. These instructions interfere with coach-to-player and player-to-player communications and, more importantly, interfere with children’s ability to learn to think for themselves.
Kids are going to make mistakes while playing sports. But professional athletes do too. Michael Jordan missed three times as many game winning shots as he made and Joe Montana completed only about half of his pass attempts. Kids still learning their sport aren’t going to perform any better and there are many more games ahead in which to improve.
So what can parents do along the sidelines? The answer is cheering and not much else. Parents must let their kids play the game for themselves and develop their own experiences working with peers and coaches. If children make mistakes, learning to deal with those mistakes with their teammates and coaches is just part of the process of growing into a better adult.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Sports Esteem for this article.