Respect in Sport/Sportsmanship in the Stands

The #1 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 for Parents

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. 

Please complete Respect in Sport - Coaches Course if you wish to volunteer for your child's team.


In addition to Respect in Sport, Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey is asking each parent to complete the Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands Parent Contract, which supports the Fair Play Code.  (PDF Version)


It is the intention of this CONTRACT to promote fair play and respect for all participants within the Association.  All parents must agree to this pledge before being allowed to participate in hockey and must continue to observe the principles of Fair Play.


I will not force my son or daughter to participate in hockey.

I will remember that my son or daughter plays hockey for his or her enjoyment, not mine.

I will encourage my son or daughter to play by the rules and to resolve conflict without resorting to hostility or violence.

I will make my son or daughter feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and playing their best.

I will never ridicule or yell at any participant for making a mistake or losing a game.

I will remember that children and youth learn by example.  I will applaud good plays and performances by both my child's team and their opponents.

I will never question the official's judgment or honesty in public.  I recognize officials are developing in the same manner as players.

I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from hockey games.

I will respect and show appreciation of the FAIR PLAY CODE, rules and regulations as set by Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and my Minor Hockey Association.



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