'RESPECT in Hockey' | Learn it. Live it. Pass it on.
‘Respect in Hockey’ is a concept that receives considerable attention in both minor hockey and in community sport. The Ontario Minor Hockey Association is committed to the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment, and the education of our membership.
At the 2013 Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s Annual General Meeting, the OMHA Board of Directors announced the OMHA will move to become a complete ‘Respect’ integrated association effective the 2014-2015 season.
Effective August 31, 2014, the ‘Respect in Hockey’ initiative will require all Team Officials, On-ice Volunteers, On-Ice Officials and Parents to take the appropriate ‘Respect’ education.
At least one parent or guardian of each player registered in minor hockey in the OMHA will be required to complete the Respect in Sport - Parent Program as a condition of participation. The one-hour online course is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game.
Team Officials, On-ice Officials and On-ice volunteers will be required to complete the online Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program or in-class Speak Out! certification.
All registered OMHA Team Officials must be certified in the Respect in Sport "Activity Leader/Coach" program or the equivalent "Speak Out" program certification. This is currently in place per OMHA Regulation 6.1 d) v):
All team officials must have Speak Out or Respect in Sport, in addition to all other Certification appropriate to their position.
All individuals identified in the Role of ‘On-Ice Volunteer’ (Age 16 and above) must be certified in the Respect in Sport "Activity Leader/Coach" program or the equivalent "Speak Out" program certification.
Completion of the Respect in Sport "Parent Program" for at least one parent/guardian of each family of every registered player (under the age of 18) shall be a condition of their eligibility for participation.
Link to the OMHA website...
OMHA - Respect in Sport (Parent and Activity Leader/Coach)
Link to the Respect in Sport Access Information...
RIS - Parent Program
Team Officials (Coaches, Trainers, Managers) On-Ice volunteers (Age 16 and above) On-Ice Officials (Age 16 and above)
Activity Leader Program
3 hour course
1 hour course
$12.00 per family*
When completing the course it is important to ensure all your children participating in minor hockey are properly entered in the 'Child Management' screen. Children's names should be entered using the same spelling as when they were registered with AEMHA. If you cannot find your child in the data base please contact Greg Fritz for assistance [email protected].
For players that are new this year to AEMHA input their names as they will be registered.
Upon completion of the program please ensure to save a copy of your certificate and the confirmation email for future reference. *(Remember your username and password for future access).
- 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.