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 programs such as Respect in Sport and the Respect in Sport Activity Leaders Program, Kennedy and McNeil are carrying out 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
The Respect in Sport for Activity Leader/Coach Program offers an engaging and easy to use internet-based training course for sport leaders of all levels. The intent of this training is to:
In Canadian hockey, over 230,200 coaches are certified by Respect Group Inc.
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 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:
These pages will provide you with information about Respect in Sport 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. Find your member branch coaching contact.
Q: I took Respect in Sport 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 Activity Leader/Coach. However, completion of the Speak Out program does not cover Respect in Sport for Parents.