The Ontario Volleyball Association will continue to utilize the Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program for the 2019-2020 season which is to be completed by all club member parents.
Any parent who has not completed the RIS online course, must do so by December 31, 2019 for their child to be eligible to play in OVA tournaments. If certificate numbers are not on file for an athlete, they will not be allowed to play at any subsequent tournaments.
At least one parent or guardian of each player registered in OVA volleyball will need to complete the online RIS Parent Program only once as a condition of participation. This means that one certificate number is required per household (i.e. if multiple siblings play within the OVA, the course only needs to be completed once).
Register for the RIS Parent Program here.
Respect in Sport is an accessible, online resource in the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). The program's mission is to empower participants to recognize signs of BAHD and eliminate it from the game, through a global culture of respect.
Participants are certified through a 60-minute online program which they can do from anywhere with internet access.
The parent course is transferable between sports (i.e. if completed for the Ontario Soccer Association, the parent can record that number in their OVA Respect in Sport profile and/or in NRS in their child's profile).
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The program is available in French or English. For parents who may struggle with English or French, they may ask a child, friend or relative to sit with them as they go through the program, and assist/translate for them. Many communities have cultural centres which can assist as well.
A parent or a Club contact (on behalf of the parent) can ask for an extension or exemption if there are extenuating circumstances. An email must be sent to Carrie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for an extension/exemption, prior to November 29, 2019.