An effort to improve the behaviour of spectators at a recreation complex in Port Moody is finding support from Abbotsford officials.
At the centre of the initiative is a code of conduct sign that reads:
1. These are kids.
2. This is a game.
3. Parents should cheer for everyone.
4. The referees are human.
5. You and your child do not play for the Canucks.”
The sign was put up the same week a B.C. hockey coach was sentenced to 15 days in jail and a year of probation after he was caught on video tripping a 13-year-old player following a game.
Port Moody is netting positive comments, particularly on social media, about the plain and humorous wording that’s directed primarily at hockey parents and spectators.
Abbotsford’s general manager or parks recreation and culture, Mark Taylor said local rinks have safety signs posted, but not in regard to the conduct of spectators.
Having seen the Port Moody signs, Taylor said they would be a “positive addition” to local rinks.
“I’ve asked my staff to look into doing that at our facilities as well. It’s a good idea.”
Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman felt the same way.
“I would support this,” he said.
Banman said common sense should dictate that spectators should be polite and respectful of kids.
“Would we want someone yelling at our kids that way?”
He said sports are supposed to be fun, and too much importance is put on winning.
“We learn more from our losses and disappointments.”
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