BC Hockey, in partnership with Respect Group Inc., announced June 16, 2011 that the Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program will now be offered to all parents who wish to become certified through the online interactive resource.
“Building on the success BC Hockey has had with the introduction of the online e-learning tool ‘Respect in Sport for Team Officials’, BC Hockey is making available to Minor Hockey Associations, and our members, a similar optional tool for parents,” said BC Hockey Officer at Large Neil McNabb.
As with the coach/leader RIS program, the parent program’s goal is to educate, empower, and create a culture of respect. It is an online training program available on the BC Hockey website focused on helping parents become better Sport Parents by providing information on a parent’s natural influence over their child, and the role they play in their child's enjoyment of a sport or activity. The program also provides parents with tools to evaluate their own behavior.
The one (1) hour certification program is intended to encourage positive sport behaviours, and to enhance communication between parents, coaches, and officials. Unacceptable parent behaviour is most often cited as the top reason coaches, managers, and officials leave a sport, highlighting the need for a sport-specific program designed to help parents set realistic expectations, andto ensure their children have fun and learn the value of sport participation.
The optional course is $12.00 plus all applicable taxes per person. Once the course has been completed, the certification does not expire.
Respect in Sport is Canada’s only online bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect prevention program. It was founded in 2004 by Wayne McNeil and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy. It was developed in consultation with the Canadian Red Cross to protect youth, inform leaders, and mitigate an organization’s liability.