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Administration - Bulletin Details
ISSUE #:      2014-006
February 21, 2014
TO: BC Hockey Membership
FROM: John Gillen
Safety and Risk Management Chairperson

COPY:Anne Deitch
Branch SRM Coordinator

SUBJECT: Policy Adjustment – Respect In Sport Expiry – 2014-2015 Season


Kindly be reminded of the following item that was distributed June 26, 2013 in Bulletin 2013-14-I.


Please note that the BC Hockey Executive Committee has adopted the following policy

to commence for the 2014-2015 season:


NEW 4.04 Respect In Sport (RIS) Guidelines


RIS is an online training course for coaches and sport leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist

in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport.


  • The minimum age for participants is sixteen (16) years old as of December 31.
  • RIS certification expires after four (4) years.


The decision to include an expiry date to RIS certification was determined based on the

following factors:


  • The program is online and easy for participants to access.

  • It is felt that a refresher in the program is critical as new material is constantly being updated.

  • To enhance education. There are several new curriculum components in the Respect in Sport program that were not available during the time participants obtained certification in the Speak Out! Program. 


These items include:


  • Larger section on “the imbalance of power” and how that leads to all forms of maltreatment

  • Legislative changes since 1999, including age of consent

  • Cyber-bullying

  • Long-term Athlete Development

  • Leadership styles

  • Enhanced section on Hazing

  • Child Exploitation

  • Concussion Awareness

  • New Head Contact Rule

  • Return to Play Guidelines

  • Managing injuries


In order to ensure that each Member Association, Team and League is prepared for the above noted adjustment, the policy will not be implemented until the 2014-2015 season.


Should you have any questions please contact your District or Divisional Director.

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