Respect in Sport - Parent Course (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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Your Board of Directors in its commitment to ensuring a safe and positive environment for our children are proud to support and partner with the Hockey Canada, OMHA and Respect in Sport in implementing and providing access to this Online Training Program designed specifically for Parents and Guardians to ensure that our children are paramount in our thoughts and actions.

This program is about empowering 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.

The program is mandatory for all parents/guardians of players (under the age of 18 years) registering.  No player (under the age of 18 years) will be rostered to ANY team (Representative/House League) until this program has been undertaken by a parent/guardian.

Respect In Sports – Parent Program Access Instructions:



IMPORTANT: When beginning the course it is important to open “Child Management” and enter all children you have registered in minor hockey. All children must be listed here in order to associate your certification with your child’s Hockey Canada record. To aide with connecting your certification to  your child’s record, children’s names should be entered using the same spelling as when they were registered with Hockey Canada.

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Parents play a crucial role in the development of your athletes. Respect in Sport is an effective and informative online training program for parents of active children. This one hour online certification program reinforces the role of a parent in activities of young athletes. This unique certification program complements Respect in Sport for Coaches/Activity Leaders by reinforcing 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 is about empowering 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.

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

The Respect in Sport Program for Parents is a unique, in-depth 1 hour online program geared to providing the parent with information on how to evaluate and understand:

  • Parental influence over a child
  • Coach and leader roles in sport
  • Role of the parent and coach in ensuring a child’s enjoyment of a sport
  • Protecting your child when outside of your immediate control
  • Concussion awareness and Return to Play guidelines
  • Long-Term Player Development

This course currently does not have an expiry date and only needs to be taken once.


  • OMHA will show leadership ensuring all stakeholders; Team Officials, Game Officials and parents have received education, and a consistent message.
  • Reward for progressive organizational growth and improvement of the experience for our membership versus risk of very limited negative repercussions.
  • Ability for timely information to be added annually including high priority topics including Concussion Awareness, Return to Play Guidelines, New Head Contact Rule, Long-Term Player Development (LTPD).
  • It is a child protection tool that reduces liability and delivers on the OMHA’s responsibility for ‘duty of care’.
  • Emphasis that it is a positive program to make good parents better. Not a reaction to media reports or a tool for discipline.
  • An opportunity to empower all of the good parents in the organization.
  • A program provided by Hockey for the greater good of all parents in the wider community.
  • A significant recruitment and retention tool.
  • A strong step toward the long-term goal of social and culture change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Respect in Sport implemented? The Respect in Sport Parent Program is presented as an online curriculum and includes audio/visual presentations.

Is there a fee for this course and how long does it take? The course costs $12 per family and takes 1 hour to complete.(See monies distribution below)

What equipment is required to complete the program? All that is required to complete the Respect in Sport curriculum is a computer, an Internet connection, and speakers or a headset. Optional equipment includes a printer to print out your certificate of completion if required.

What if I don’t have a high-speed connection? The course is designed to be accessible from any computer using dial-up or high-speed internet. Once registered, the user experience is the same at any speed.

What if I don’t know anything about computers? Through extensive research and development, the program was designed, first and foremost, to be user friendly. There is also an on-line “Help” feature and a 1-800 support line available.

Is there a paper version of the program? No. Respect in Sport gives you ongoing access to the course once you’ve completed it, as an online resource.

What if I don’t have a credit card? Respect In Sport uses PayPal for credit card payments. You can also set up a PayPal account and pay directly from your bank account or purchase with cash a pre-paid credit card to use with PayPal.

Does WMHA reimburse the $12? No. If we were to reimburse parents for the fee we would have to increase registration fees accordingly.

Do both parents have to take the course? No. Ideally we would like both parents to take the course but do not expect families to pay twice. At least 1 parent/guardian must take the course.

Do I have to do it all at once? No. You can do it at your leisure, come and go as required. The program remembers where you left off and brings you back to that point when you next sign-in. You can even do it from different computers.

What if I have already taken the Respect in Sport course to be a team official?
You are still required to take the Parent version of the course because it has different content that is specific to parents.

What if I have taken the Respect in Sport Parent program for another organization? You would need to contact the Respect in Sport help desk to have your certification number entered into the Hockey Canada registry for your children. 

Do I have to write any quiz or test? No.

Will I receive confirmation of completion? Yes, a printable version is supplied.

Do I need to re- certify? No, it’s a onetime program.

Is there any online support? Yes.

Why me, I am a good parent… 
Respect in Sport for Parents promotes key values in providing a positive, safe and respectful environment for all participants in sport. It offers tools to ensure your child is not involved in any way with abuse, neglect, bullying and harassment.

It helps you developing a more pro-active involvement in your child’s activities, and you become a deputy for your organization’s values.

How are the monies being distributed?



Help Desk: If you require additional technical assistance with program operation or computer glitches please call the 24/7 Help Desk. The service is in both English and French.