More About Respect In Sport

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The following information was provided by Respect Group Inc.

As of April 2017, over 300,000 Canadian Parents have completed the Respect in Sport Parent Program across a wide variety of sports. This survey (which parents take at the end of the program) provides some evidence that parents feel the program is of value. The number of parents now certified, is close to 350,000.

Mount Royal University in Calgary conducted a 3-year study on the value/impact of the Respect in Sport - Parent Program, on Hockey Calgary.  The video below featuring Dr. Julie Brooks (researcher) and the Executive Director of Hockey Calgary summarizes their findings.  92% of the parents who participated in the survey, felt the program had value, helped to improve the culture of hockey, and should be continued.

7 out of 10 adolescents in Canada leave youth sport.  Many cite parental conduct as a key factor.

Mark Allen, Ontario Director for Respect Group states: 

"The Respect in Sport Parent Program is not about catching the bad apples, it is about "polishing the good apples". It is about helping good parents to be better sport parents, by understanding their role with their child's sport development. It is also about empowering bystanders, so that if inappropriate comments are made towards an athlete, coach or official, parents understand their role in how to deal with the situation collectively.

The program is aimed at helping to keep sport fun and safe for kids, so they will stay with it, enjoy it and hopefully remain involved in sport for life. There is ample research to show the value of youth engaging in sports, and sticking with it through their teen years and into adulthood. Better marks, better social interaction, more success in their professional careers.

Parents have a key role, and this program is simply aimed at helping parents in their role. It does not tell them how to parent, but provides valuable information so they may support their kids, and also protect their kids."

Anecdotes from Ontario Minor Hockey participants: