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Training Course For Hockey Parents

from Jamie Strashin ov CBC,

As thousands of children across Ontario prepare for another hockey season, their parents will be receiving some mandatory off-ice training. Before any player steps onto the ice this season, their parents are required to complete an online Respect in Sport course.

The program has already been rolled out in other provinces across Canada as organizations rally to combat bad parental behaviour. This is the first season for it in Ontario.

"Parents are a key component of the sports experience," said Wayne McNeil, co-founder of the Respect Group, the company providing the course. "They are the reason why referees and officials quit. In a lot of cases, they are the reason their own kid either quits or has a bad experience in sports." 

The course costs $12 and lasts about an hour. It covers topics such as using guilt on your child, making "the bigs," losing perspective, achieving balance and avoiding burnout. Each section is supplemented with vignettes illustrating bad behaviour. 


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Hank1974's avatar

As a parent of a player under the OMHA umbrella, this is an absolute joke and nothing more than a cash grab.
There are over 250,00 players registered in Ontario so that’s a nice $3M chunk of change the OMHA stole from parents.

Furthermore, it has done absolutely nothing to stop a’holes from being a’holes.
My son travels to the same towns and I see the same idiots yelling and screaming at the refs, coaches and their own kids despite having their Respect certificate.

I completely agree that the sport needs to stop people from abusing the officials and players.
But this isn’t the way to do it and the OMHA - and other provincial bodies - knows it.
But hey, why pass up an opportunity to make a cool $3M?

If they were serious about it, they should have used that $3M to hire the Hells Angels to watch games and kick the s**t out of the morons that want to run their mouths and ruin the game.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/23/16 at 10:12 AM ET


What Hank said.  I see the same thing here in Qc from parents who I know have done the RIS course.  I don’t know why they’re charging, I did the course online through Hockey Canada, why not just make it free? It’s not like they have to rent a classroom or anything.

Posted by dwgs on 09/23/16 at 02:48 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I don’t know why they’re charging, I did the course online through Hockey Canada, why not just make it free? It’s not like they have to rent a classroom or anything.

And wouldn’t you want everyone to take this course? If it’s free, more parents would be taking it.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/23/16 at 02:52 PM ET

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