Beginning in the 2017-18 hockey season Sport Manitoba has initiated a 5-year re-certification policy which applies all all coaches, managers and safety people who take the Respect in Sport – Coaches and Activity leaders online course. This means that for the 2017-18 season any team staff that completed their Respect in Sport prior to 2012-13 are required to retake the Respect in Sport – Coaches and Activity Leaders online course. The policy has been put in place as a result of multiple changes that have been made to the Respect in Sport course designed to reflect the current climate. The course now includes more material regarding online harassment and cyber bullying as well as other needed updates.
With this policy change, Hockey Manitoba have also made the decision to no longer accept the Speak Out certification as an equivalent to the Respect in Sport online course. This means that any team staff that completed the Speak Out course in the mid 2000’s will be required to complete the Respect in Sport – Coaches and Activity leaders online course in the 2017-18 season in order to be properly certified by the December 1st coaching certification deadline.
Visit the Hockey Manitoba website for further information and registration details (http://www.hockeymanitoba.ca/coaches/respect-in-sport).