Respect in Sport (RiS)

Respect in Sport (RiS)

Welcome to Respect in Sport, Canada's only interactive, online certification program to protect our youth and enhance an organization's mandate for safe, fun and respectful environments for all. Respect in Sport was developed as a grass-roots online tool so sport and community organizations can now actually deliver on their commitment to creating a safer environment for all participants; coaches. managers, trainers, administration and volunteers and even parents

Why should your community or sport organization implement Respect in Sport?

  1. It further ensures your commitment to your number 1 priority: safety for participants
  2. It provides your stakeholders with the tools to deal with:
    • Abuse (Physical, Sexual, Emotional)
    • Emotional Maltreatment
    • Neglect
    • Bullying & Harassment
    • Legal and moral responsibilities
  3. It helps your organization, staff and volunteers to mitigate liability
  4. It provides a proactive Risk Management Program for your front-line
  5. Through education, it helps retain recreation leaders, coaches, officials and volunteers by making them less vulnerable and more confident in dealing with sensitive issues
  6. It makes a values based statement on behalf of your organization to ALL stakeholders

Respect in Sport is the program you need to train your organizations' personnel and youth leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, harassment, abuse and neglect. It may be the single most important training your leaders can receive to create a safe, healthy, and positive environment for our children and youth!

Founded in 2004 by partners Wayne McNeil and former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, Respect in Sport has been developed in consultation with the Canadian Red Cross to protect youth, inform leaders, and mitigate an organization's liability.

Respect in Sport is an ideal solution for organizations looking for cost-effective, consistent and empowering programs which can easily be delivered to your entire membership.

Respect in Sport was founded on the following beliefs:

  • Creating a safe and fun environment for all children taking part in any activity should be the #1 priority of all sport and commnity leaders
  • 99% of sport leaders are good people wanting to do the right thing
  • Few activity leaders have received formal training in the areas of bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect and require assistance from their sport or community organization to know what is appropriate and acceptable in given situations
  • All children and youth should leave the game, training or activity with a positive self-image
  • Empowering training, not a stick, is the key to creating a values-based environment
  • Training must be simple, convenient, easy to access, and affordable
  • Sporting and community organizations need to outsource these issues
  • All sporting and community organizations should be able to use one consistent solution to educate activity leaders on this sensitive and important topic

Respect in Sport programs use innovative instructional design techniques to provide an internet-based training experience that is simple, to the point and captivating for the learner. It offers full database capabilities for user access and certification and is designed to be widely accessible for all users regardless of location or speed of the internet connection. In contrast to traditional classroom training, Respect in Sport takes less than half the time, is available at the users’ convenience and gives a consistent, up to date message on behalf of the host organization. 

Respect in Sport is a required training program for all registered Coaches and Team Personnel of Provincial Sport Governing Bodies in Saskatchewan. This training is available at no cost, online at
Coaches & Team Personnel who are currently active and have not yet completed their RiS Training need to be aware that they are no longer eligible to be involved with any team until they complete their RiS.

Subject to fines and discipline, Member Organizations are responsible to suspend participation of coaches or team personnel until they complete RiS.

Please complete this training online and provide your certificate number to your home town association administration.

If you have already completed RiS and need to look up your certification number, please visit this site: 

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