Respect in rinks now mandatory for Ontario hockey parents
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.” MORE