Respect in Sport Program

Respect In Sport - Leaders Program

Respect in Sport/Speak Out certification is mandatory for all Coaches, Trainers, Officials, BMHA board members as well as any other adults who could be supervising players. This clinic is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sports.

This is an on‐line course which is broken into six modules (of about 30 minutes each) with audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Because the program is offered on-line, it does not need to be done all at once, it can be completed at your leisure.

This is generally a lifetime certification, and does not require re-certification in later years.

Speak Out clinics can be found on the Hockey Eastern Ontario Website.

Respect In Sport - Parent Program

The Respect in Sport program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO)/Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA) mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all participants.

The program provides information on parents’ natural influence over a child, the coach or leader’s role in an activity, the role parents play in their child’s enjoyment of a sport or activity, and protecting your child when they are outside of your immediate control. The program also provides parents with tools to evaluate their own behavior by highlighting 5 key “behavioural traps” frequently exhibited by parents, particularly in competitive sports. It demonstrates negative behaviours and provides ideas of how a situation may be better handled, includes valuable information from subject matter expert’s delivered in a clear and concise fashion, and asks questions of parents based on scenarios presented. Specific topics include:

  • 5 common negative parent behaviours

  • Child development/nutrition and hydration/rest/injuries

  • Interacting with coaches, officials, and other parents.

The parent/guardian from each household must take the online course before the participant begins his/her first regular season session for IP participants and first regular game for Novice and above. With this implementation of this program it will foster and develop a culture of mutual respect in HEO and serve as an effective risk management tool as well as contributing to the overall safety and enjoyment of the game by all participants. The parents/guardians of our players represent a key step towards achieving our vision.

Completion of the Respect in Sport “Parent Program” for at least one parent/guardian of each family of every registered player in IP, Novice and any new players shall be a condition of their eligibility for participation in hockey in 2015.

The cost of this program ($12) is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the respective player. Note that the cost is per family (one parent certified per family and other parent, step parents, grandparents, kids, etc. can take the program for free by using certified parent username and password).

The program can be accessed through the HEO website or directly at the Respect in Sport website. It is a one hour online curriculum with both audio and visual features that allows flexibility and does not have to be completed in one session.