Respect in Sport (RiS) is an online educational program to assist coaches and sport leaders in identifying abuse, bullying, harassment and neglect in sport. Sask Sport Inc., along with the support of the Saskatchewan Government, has launched this required program for Coaches in the province to help to provide a safer and more respectful sporting environment for all to participate. The online training program is being provided free of charge for all users.
Coaches registered with a Provincial Sport Governing Body will be required to complete the certification in order to coach. The sport system believes strongly in this program and the values it promotes, therefore coaches who have not completed the course will be unable to volunteer in the capacity of coach until the certification is reached.
The RiS curriculum consists of six modules and take approximately three hours to complete. It can be completed in one or multiple sittings. There is no examination component. Once the course has been completed, a certificate verifying completion is generated. Coaches completing the RiS certification will be tracked through the RiS database and each sport will have access to this database to determine if their registered coaches have completed the course. Coaches will only have to take the course once, even if they coach multiple sports.
The RiS program was developed by Respect Group Inc., along with the Canadian Red Cross, to help protect youth, inform leaders and diminish the liability of an organization. Specific program topics include definitions of bullying, abuse, harassment, neglect and discrimination, cyber-bullying, hazing, the use of power, emotions, how to respond, reporting, moral and legal issues, and development.