Being a hockey parent is no easy task. Hockey parents are often called upon to wear many different volunteer hats, some of which result in conflicting roles. A hockey parent may be a coach, evaluator, director or a referee – any of whom is required to make decisions in everyone’s best interest while still being a mom or dad wanting what’s best for his or her own child.
The game of hockey is for kids. Kids play the game because they love it and because it is fun. As parents we must all realize that, for kids, positive participation is always more important than excellence. The personal and social development that comes from being part of a team is one of the most enriching experiences offered by the game. We must continue to live the values of fun and fair play, respect, integrity and teamwork with a balanced perspective of expectations and definition of success. We must celebrate our good experiences with this great game.
Hockey Canada makes a wide range of resources available to parents, we encourage you to visit the Hockey Canada Parent Program
page and explore these resources.
Respect in Sport Parent Program
At least one parent or guardian of each player registered in minor hockey in the OMHA must complete the online Respect In Sport Parent Program as a condition of participation. This program took affect last season and only applies to new Registrants (ie Initiation).
The program is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game.
Prior to completing the Online Registration Form, you MUST complete the Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program. Upon completion of the RIS Parent Program, you will be issued a certificate number which is a required field on the registration form.
More information and how to register for the RIS Parent Program can be found on the OMHA web site at http://www.omha.net/page/show/865446-parents