Speak Out / RIS – Program Overview
All Coaches, Trainers and Managers within the jurisdiction of the ALLIANCE are required to be certified in the Speak Out / RIS Program. Please refer to the ALLIANCE Hockey Handbook for further information.
ALLIANCE Hockey has joined in the National initiative to implement the Respect in Sport educational tool. Certification through Respect In Sport will be the equivalent to certification received when taking a Speak Out/Prevention Services Clinic.
RiS is an e‐learning program for coaches, trainers, managers and any adult with a supervisory role over youth involved in hockey. It is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. The on‐line course curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Another beneficial feature of the program is that it does not need to be done all at once, it can be completed
at your leisure.
The benefits of the new system include:
1. Time Commitment – The course will take an estimated 3 hours with the delegate’s Speak Out accreditation updated immediately upon completion in the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR).
2. Availability / Access – The RiS option is internet based so it allows participants to complete the certification at a time and place that is convenient to them. The participant may complete the certification in segments, over a maximum 30‐day time period.
3. Flexibility – Delegates can access the Respect in Sport on‐line course at any time (by way of user name and password), therefore have the option of being able to complete one module at a time.
4. E‐Learning Platform – This is an introduction to the capabilities of training delegates with online tools and resources. The course contains many handouts which remain accessible after the course is complete. If a paper copy of any of the documents or the accreditation certificate is required it can be printed from the site.
5. Not Sport Specific – Respect in Sport is not specific to any sport. However the learning principals within are common to anyone acting as a sport leader. The consensus is that many of our volunteers coach/assist in other sports. The need to educate our sport leaders is of significant importance, however this allows for some reduction in the duplication of information.