OHF Announces Implementation of the Respect In Sport Parent Program

IMPORTANT!  NEW FOR 2016/2017 SEASON  -  MANDATORY COMPLETION OF THE RESPECT IN SPORT PROGRAM FOR PARENTS

Dear FHHA Parents:

Hockey Canada, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) have mandated that all families of registered players must complete the Respect in Sport Program before the 2016 season starts.

Prior to September 1, 2016, at least one parent/guardian of every minor hockey player in Ontario will need to complete Hockey Canada's on-line Respect in Sport course for parents prior to a player being permitted to participate in any Hockey Canada program. This requirement applies to all levels of hockey at Forest Hill including House League, Select and Competitive (GTHL).

The Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program complements the Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program that is already mandatory for all team officials registered in Ontario minor hockey associations. The RIS Parent Program helps define a model of behaviour for all parents and creates a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

The course costs $12 plus tax, only has to be taken once and is valid for life. The FHHA will be able to track compliance with this new requirement through the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) since each player's profile is updated when the parent completes the RIS course.

To read more about program on the GTHL web site, click here: http://www.gthlcanada.com/article/respect-in-sport-program-roll-out

To go directly to the registration page (you will need to know your Hockey Canada Registry [HCR] login info) click here: https://gthlparent.respectgroupinc.com. If your child is playing for a Forest Hill GTHL team (“A” or “AA”), please check off “GTHL” in the drop down box when adding your child to your profile. If your child is playing for a Forest Hill House League and/or Select team, please check off “HL - Forest Hill” in the drop down box when adding your child to your profile.

If you have any questions, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. We are available to answer any further questions you may have by email at: respect@fhha.org.

Registration information for the 2016-2017 season will be sent out shortly.

Sincerely,
Mark Cohen
President Forest Hill Hockey Association

FAQ’s

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 to September 1st. 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 plus tax. 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.

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