May 11, 2016, Toronto – In an effort to help good parents and guardians become better hockey role models, the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA) is introducing Respect in Sport Parent Program, a one-hour online course that teaches participants about the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD) in sport.
The program will be phased-in as an optional certification in 2016-17 and will be mandatory for the 2017-18 season. The cost is $12 + HST for unlimited members of the same family. To introduce the course, TLGHA will reimburse the first 100 families who complete the certification. Families who have already taken it through Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) or the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) are not required to recertify and simply need to import their certification into the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) parent program database.
“Hockey families spend hundreds of hours supporting their young athletes and we believe the Respect in Sport Parent Program is hands-down, one of the most important hours a parent will invest in the game,” said Jennifer Smith, President of the TLGHA. “Too many kids drop out of hockey in their pre-teen and early teen years because it’s no longer fun. Creating a more respectful culture around sport will keep the experience safe fun and for kids, and help keep them active longer.”
The Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004. Respect in Sport Parent Program aims to empower participants to recognize signs of BAHD and eliminate it from the game, through a global culture of respect. The program helps parents 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
“We are pleased to partner with the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association – one of Canada’s largest female hockey associations – and bring the Respect in Sport Parent Program to even more hockey households in Toronto. Together, we will help keep the game fun and safe for kids, and in doing so, support the many coaches, referees and other volunteers who make youth hockey possible,” said Mark Allen, Respect Group’s Ontario Director.
About Respect Group
Respect Group offers several respect-focused programs for sport, schools and the workplace. To-date, Respect Group has certified over 600,000 Canadians on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment. Founded in 2004 by partners Wayne McNeil and former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, Respect Group programming has been developed in consultation with the Canadian Red Cross to protect youth, empower leaders, and create positive school, sport and work environments.
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