How To Be A Saner Goalie Parent
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1w ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Throughout the inaugural USA Hockey National Goaltending Symposium there were plenty of conversations about the mental toll and anxiety that comes with being a goalie. USA Hockey and its goalie nation remain committed to continuing to find ways to create a welcoming environment for all goalies and ensuring the game is fun and inclusive for all. However, us goalie parents shoulder our own kind of pressure too. Just ask Sharon Enck from Phoenix. Her daughter was a goalie for 10 years.  “It’s not easy to be the parent of the most visible member of the tea ..read more
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Staying Humble & Kind
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2M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns As I watched my sister take her son’s hand on the dance floor during his whirlwind wedding day, so many memories of the two of them flooded my mind. Wasn’t it just yesterday Brian was the little boy teaching his younger cousin (my son) how to embarrass your parents by slipping a whoopee cushion on their seat at dinner time?  My silly memory quickly turned sweet and heartfelt when the song for their mother-son dance played. I knew exactly why my sister had the Tim McGraw melody, “Humble and Kind” on her playlist. “It emanates everything I wanted my son ..read more
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Hockey Is Family
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6M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Ask anyone what the best part about hockey is and they will tell you it’s the people.  When our kids started playing, my husband and I just hoped they would make friends. Walking into our first Learn To Play Hockey session we never could have imagined the lifelong bonds that not only our kids would make, but us as well. I have been fortunate to be welcomed into the most selfless and compassionate community for the past 20 years as a hockey mom, and I have witnessed so many genuine acts of kindness and compassion during difficult times.  Teams, and ..read more
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Proper Tourney Planning
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8M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Our children’s tournament trophies take up three shelves and represent fond memories, glorious wins, tough losses and terrific tailgating. While I can’t come up with a definitive number of tournaments our kids have been to, I can count the number of total failures. One. That one was on me. Failure to prepare meant forgotten equipment, late arrivals and wrong rinks. To help you avoid pitiful pitfalls, I’ve teamed up with Brian and Whitney Harrington of Showdown Tournaments to put together this trustworthy tournament prep playbook for parents.    Pr ..read more
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Facing Off Against Bullying
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9M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns All it takes is one toxic teammate to ruin a season. The good news is there are many ways us parents can help filter out the negative and protect players from bullying.  Nicole Adams, the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association’s vice president and USA Hockey Safe Sport Coordinator, was willing to share some advice for us parents now that hockey season is underway.   Q: What can parents do to help prevent and stop bullying on teams? A: Stop talking about the X’s and O’s with your player—leave that to the coach! Your role is to talk to your pl ..read more
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We Can’t – Our Kids Play Hockey
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10M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Youth hockey can feel like it consumes your life. It changes the way your family eats, travels, communicates and vacations.  With two hockey players in our lives, the sport became the answer to so many questions from friends and extended family. “How come you never come over for dinner on the weekends?” “We can’t. Our kids play hockey.” “Why don’t you trade that clunky  SUV for a Mustang?” “We can’t. Our kids play hockey.” “We’re headed to a resort for the  holidays. Why don’t you join us?” “We can’t. Our kids play hockey.” I thought I had it ..read more
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Would Say To You On Game Day?
USA Hockey » Hockey Mom
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11M ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Parent pre-game rituals are plentiful. Perhaps a particular coffee order, or in the case of my husband, it’s the same message he tells our kids before every game: ‘Go to the goal, go to the goal, go, go go!’ All of us parents have plenty of favorite inspirational maxims for our kids: “I love watching you play, and I’m going to love you, no matter what happens.” “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” “Be a great teammate today.” However, what if your kids could offer YOU an inspirational message? I offered this up for an episode of Our Kids ..read more
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Having A Child Between The Pipes
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1y ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns There is a familiar conversation that occurs on youth hockey teams when players reach a certain age. It is one sure to strike fear into the hearts of parents.  “Well…we need a goalie.”  It’s an inevitable part of growing with the game as kids graduate beyond the introductory levels. A common solution is having each player take a turn strapping on a set of communal goalie pads until it finally sticks. Having a child between the pipes requires a whole new level of investment, as well as extreme mental, perhaps intestinal, fortitude.  Goaltendin ..read more
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5 Things a Hockey Parent Should Never Do
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1y ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns Even if your kids have been a part of athletic teams or clubs before, there is nothing that can prepare you for the unique rigors and commitments of a hockey season. Our son started his hockey journey with once-a-week, learn-to-play sessions on the weekends. When he moved up to his first team, my husband and I found ourselves in the first parents’ meeting feeling like we had landed on an alien planet.   Wake up at what time? Be there a whole hour early? Wait, how much does ice time for the year cost? What do you mean, “Work the penalty box?”  ..read more
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Motivating Messages (Hockey Mom Column)
USA Hockey » Hockey Mom
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1y ago
By:  Christie Casciano Burns   My husband – always the silent observer when our kids were on the ice – made a point of sharing encouraging words to our kids before games.  Phrases such as, "Play hard! Play Smart!" or "Work hard every shift!" reverberated throughout our household. Simple. Effective.  So how do we know when kids are heeding our pearls of wisdom? At the same time, carefully chosen words can pay dividends in your child’s development; but how does one settle on those words, especially right before a game?   My fellow podcasters and I brainstormed ou ..read more
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