USA Hockey to youth coaches, parents: Lighten up

Posted: April 03, 2003

USA Hockey released a public service announcement yesterday aimed at curbing inappropriate conduct by coaches, parents and fans at youth games.

The 30-second TV spot originally was part of a campaign called, "Relax, it's just a game," which was launched by the Canadian Hockey Association in November.

USA Hockey executive director Doug Palazzari said it is "imperative to curb the increased pressure that some parents and coaches - albeit the minority - place on children who participate in youth sports."

The public service announcement is tied to the start of the 2003 USA Hockey National Championships, a series of nationwide tournaments.

The video features the tag line, "What if kids pressured us the way we pressure them?"

Horse Racing

* The 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were awarded to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The eight races with purses and awards totaling $13 million will be contested Oct. 30. The 20th running of the Breeders' Cup is set for Oct. 25, 2003, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

* Trust N Luck, who missed a week of training with a cough, was officially pulled off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Sport Stops

* One of the NFL's classic games will be the subject of an original television movie by ESPN - the 1967 title game between Dallas and Green Bay. Joe Eszterhas will write the script for "The Ice Bowl," which will premiere Dec. 13, the network said. The cast has not been chosen.

* The Czech Republic might withdraw from its first-round Fed Cup match in the United States because of fears about a possible terrorist attack, according to the Web edition of the Mlada Fronta Dnes daily. The best-of-five Fed Cup series is set for April 26-27 in Lowell, Mass. The Czechs will decide April 16 whether to play, the report said.

* Spanish driver Fermin Velez died of cancer in Barcelona, 3 days shy of his 44th birthday. He won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1995 and 1997 and finished 10th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.

* The International Skating Union approved limited use of a high-tech, computer-based scoring system next year. The system will be used in the six-event Grand Prix series and Grand Prix final, as well as the Nebelhorn Trophy. If testing of the system goes well, delegates at the ISU congress in June 2004 will be asked to approve its use at all major ISU events, including the world championships and the Olympics.

* Virginia's Debbie Ryan will coach the U.S. women's basketball team at the Pan American Games in August in the Dominican Republic. *

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