I hope each of you have been having an enjoyable summer.
As you know, the Respect in Sport Parent Program was mandatory for the 2016-17 season. To date there have been over 13,000 parents/guardians from the GTHL jurisdiction that have completed the course. In the announcement of this initiative, it was indicated that House League participants required this accreditation by September 1. To be clear, the consequence of not having the program completed is the fact that the player is ineligible to participate. Therefore, the true deadline for those organizations that begin operation after September 1 is the date in which your House League/Select programing commences. In other words, if the first on-ice activities in your organization beginOctober 1, then the parent of the House League/Select player would have had to complete the program prior to that date to meet the GTHL/OHF requirements. As always, you are free to establish a more stringent criteria however the above should provide you with the minimum guideline to work with.
I hope this clarifies the requirements for you.
Below is an excerpt from a prior email that answers some Frequently Asked Questions that may also be of assistance.
Important Frequently Asked Questions
The League has received several enquiries about the implementation. As more details emerge we will continue to provide further clarifications. In the meantime, here are some of the most common questions we are receiving.
1) Does a parent have to have taken the RIS Parent Program before the player registers? Answer – No. Parents of House League players will have to have completed the on-line course prior toSeptember 1. If an Association wants, additional requirements (e.g. requiring completion prior to registration) can be put in place. Parents of players participating at the “A”, “AA” and “AAA” levels must complete the course prior to the participant being approved to the roster for the 2016-17 season.
2) How much does the program cost? Answer - $12.00/family. Only one family member must complete the course however the material remains available to the entire family on a perpetual basis.
3) What if the Parent does not have a computer? – Answer - Most public libraries provide free computer access.
4) What if the Parent does not have a credit card? – Answer - Pre-paid one-time use credit cards can be purchased at numerous retail locations and can be used to pay.
5) What if the Parent has a language barrier? – Answer - The program is available in French and English. For parents whose first language is not French or English can ask a child, friend or relative to sit with them as they go through the program, and assist/translate for them. There are also many Cultural Centres in the GTA that can assist the families. This program has been implemented within municipalities surrounding the GTA including communities that have parents whose first language is not French or English.
6) Is this required every year? Answer - No, once you have completed it you are certified and there are currently no plans for requalification/recertification.
7) How will local administrators/registrars know whether or not a parent has completed the program? Answer - The Respect in Sport Parent Program is connected to the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR). Once a parent completes the Parent Program, the child’s name and date of birth as entered by the parent in the Child Management page of the program is automatically sent to the HCR where it searches for the same name and DOB. If it is found, the player profile in the HCR is updated to indicate the player has a parent who has completed the program. None of the parent’s information is transferred to the HCR. Local Registrars will also have direct access to the Respect in Sport – Parent Program data-base, as they currently do for the Activity Leader Program.
8) What if a parent took the Parent Program through another sport. Do they have to take it again? Answer - No. Parents can import their parent certification over to the GTHL parent program data-base. Importing instructions are very simple, and can be completed in a couple of minutes. There is no cost to import an existing certification.
9) If a parent has already has taken the Respect in Sport activity leader program for coaches, do they still have to take the Parent Program? Answer - Yes. The Parent Program is different in content from the Activity Leader program for coaches. The Parent Program was created at the request of hockey coaches, and most coaches find the content very beneficial.
10) How long is my Parent Program Certification good for? Answer - There is no expiry.
11) What supports/resources are in place to assist associations and registrars/administrators with the program? Answer - Respect in Sport works very closely with associations and registrars to support them through implementation and beyond. In addition to a 24/7 live person bilingual help desk, training webinars are made available to administrators/registrars.
12) What happens if a new child is added to the system in future years? Answer – The parent/guardian would be able to add the certification to that child’s profile on the child management page of their Respect in Sport profile so there will be no need to complete the program again.
We understand that there have been some mixed opinions about the implementation of this program. To date that there have been almost 228,000 participants in Hockey Canada that have now taken this program. Every Branch and Association that have implemented the program have been extremely satisfied. Not one of them regret implementing it. The feedback from users (parents/guardians who have taken the program) is overwhelmingly supportive. It is important for us to carry forward a positive approach to this implementation in order for it to have the desired impact. We will do what we can to assist you during the implementation process.
Should you have any further questions please let me know.
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer,
Greater Toronto Hockey League
57 Carl Hall Road