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The Hockey Responsibility Checklist

By Respect Group, 12/05/23, 11:45AM EST


Many kids thrive when given the opportunity to show that they are independent

There are many ways that parents and coaches can get involved in helping to teach their players responsibility off of the ice. Giving kids tasks to be in charge of can teach them independence and also give parents one less thing to worry about at the rink.

If players are annoyed that their equipment smells bad and isn’t clean, teaching them to take the initiative to air it out gives them the knowledge that things don’t just get done without action. They can take ownership of something that directly effects them and make a difference about it. Before you know it, they’ll be doing these tasks without needing to be nudged in the right direction. Asking them to help out with a hockey-related task - something they already like to do - is a great starting point.

Many kids thrive when given the opportunity to show that they are up for the task and able to do something independently. These challenges help teach players respect, time management, healthy eating and organization. Here are a few opportunities that players can take on as they grow through hockey to teach them responsibility.

U9 and Below

  • Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to the staff and coaches at the arena
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Carry your own stick to and from the arena
  • Help parents with putting on equipment


  • Carry your own equipment bag
  • Put on and take off your own equipment
  • Clean up in the locker room
  • Air our your equipment after a practice or game


  • Write a thank you note to your coach at end of the season
  • Check that everything is in your bag before you leave for the rink
  • Help lead the team stretch
  • Finish your chores at home before going to rink


  • Maintain eye contact when having a conversation with a coach
  • Do your own laundry and clean your equipment
  • Set a goal to reach for the season
  • Pack healthy pre-game snacks
  • Pick out a thank you gift for coaches at the end of the season


  • Plan and make a pre-game meal
  • Organize a community volunteer event for your team
  • Finish all of your homework before going to the rink
  • Get a part-time job and help pay for some of your equipment
  • Volunteer at the rink or within the association

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