Respect in Sports (PARENTS)


Risk Management - Respect In Sport
Register for Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program

The Respect in Sport Parent Program is an effective and informative online training program for parents of active children. This one hour online certification program reinforces a parents role in a child or youth's activities, encouraging positive sport behaviours and providing insight into the various roles other individuals (such as coaches and officials) play. This program empowers parents to ensure the safety of their children, encourage positive and effective communication, and to enhance a child's fun and camaraderie of the activity.

Please note: the RIS Parent Program does not accredit parents to work the bench.


The number one reason cited for coaches, managers and officials of all ages leaving a sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. Let the Respect in Sport Parent Program help assert proper parent behaviours to create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for all parties involved.

RIS is an on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders and will be the equivalent to certification received when taking a SpeakOut! course.  It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport.  The on-line course curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts.  The course can be completed at your leisure.


Respect in Sport (RIS) Guidelines

The minimum age of participants is 16 years old as of December 31 of the current season
RIS certification expires after five (5) years
Mandatory for all coaches and HCSP persons
Officials on teams intending to participate in BC Hockey Championships must be qualified in RIS by December 1 of the current season
The benefits of the new system include:

1.  Time Commitment - The course will take an estimated 2.5 hours with the delegate’s HCR SpeakOut! accreditation updated immediately upon completion.
2.  Availability / Access - The course is accessible over the internet therefore the delegates dictate when and where they take the course. They can also complete the course at their own speed.
3.  Flexibility - Delegates can access the Respect in Sport on-line course at any time (by way of user name and password) therefore are able to complete one module at a time.
4.  E-Learning Platform - This is an introduction to the capabilities of training delegates with online tools and resources. The course contains many handouts which remain accessible after the course is complete. If a paper copy of any of the documents or the accreditation certificate is required it can be printed from the site.
5.  Not Sport Specific - Respect in Sport is not specific to any sport. However the learning principals within are common to anyone acting as a sport leader. The consensus is that many of our volunteers coach/assist in other sports. The need to educate our sport leaders is of significant importance, however this allows for some reduction in the duplication of information.


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