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Respect in Sport for Coaches and Activity Leaders


Respect Group was created by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion; working to empower people to recognize and prevent abuse, bullying, and harassment. Through interactive, online certification Respect Group certification for Coaches and Activity Leaders employs their vision of inspiring a global culture of respect in sport and recreation.

Respect in Sport is huge, it reflects respect in life and allows people to develop and grow to what their potential would suggest, and it’s not just the game of hockey." – Tom Renney

Respect Group logoRespect in Sport for Activity Leaders and Coaches

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders and Coaches offers an engaging and easy to use internet-based training course for sport leaders of all levels. The intent of this training is to:

  • Empower and educate youth leaders/coaches on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment.
  • Build a holistic culture of respect within the sport community.
  • Provide fundamental training tools which enable ALL coaches and youth leaders to become even better role models for the young athletes in their care.


In Canadian hockey, over 230,200 coaches are Respect Certified.

Frequently asked questions about Respect in Sport for Coaches and Activity Leaders


Q: What is Respect in Sport?

A: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program is the program hockey coaches need to train your organizations' youth leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

If you still have questions or concerns about Respect in Sport visit one or both of the following links: 
Respect Group Inc. (Official Site)
Respect in Sport for Parents (Hockey Canada)

These pages will provide you with information about RIS as well as an in-depth Frequently Asked Questions section.

Q: How do I sign up for and take the Respect in Sport online course?

A: You need to sign up through your local Member Branch. You can find your Member Branch coaching contact.

Q: I took RIS with another sport. Do I have to take it again?

A: No. However you will have ’register’ your certificate number. "Parent" for parent and "Coach" for coach.

Please contact your Member Branch coaching contacts for a registration link.

Q: I have taken the Speak Out course. Do I need to take Respect in Sport?

A: No. Speak Out is grandfathered in as Respect in Sport-Coach. However this does not cover Respect in Sport for Parents.

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