As hockey parents, we all know that there are as many different styles of cheering at youth hockey games as there are brands of hockey sticks.
Unless we have a private, soundproof suite at our kids’ games, we’re exposed to other parents and their cheering styles a few times per week. My own cheering style has evolved over the years as I’ve become wiser and more experienced. I certainly don’t endorse one "correct" or "best" way to cheer for our children — we all develop a style that suits us best. I do, however, offer five truths to assist novice hockey moms and dads in adopting cheering styles that will serve everyone well — from the players and coaches, to the referees, parents … and you.