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'Respect in Sport – Officials Course' Now Available for Game Officials

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 07/08/22, 10:00AM EDT


Online training tool designed specifically for Game Officials

The Respect in Sport – Officials program is the foundational, on-line training tool for Canadian Safe Sport, designed specifically for sport officials including, but not limited to: referees, umpires, judges, linesmen and lineswomen, commissaires, technical officials, starters, data specialists, timekeepers, scorekeepers, etc.

  • This program is mandatory for new Officials.
  • If you already have the Activity Leader program, you do not need to complete this course. However, you are welcome to do so.
  • This qualification currently has no expiry date once completed.
  • To check your status, go to your HCR/Spordle account.


The one-hour online program helps officials understand their legal and moral duty of care while providing the necessary tools to create a rewarding, safe, and respectful sport environment. Officials want to succeed at enforcing the rules with neutrality, while maintaining the standards of fair and safe play.

Using relevant "real-world" scenarios, engaging interactivity, and a versatile learning platform, Respect in Sport provides officials with the tools to protect the integrity of their sport and those who participate in it.


  • Legal and moral duty of care
  • Maintaining psychological safety on and off the field of play
  • Ensuring the standards of fair and safe participation
  • Keeping the game or event organized and fun
  • Why officials quit
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Understanding and adhering to the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)
  • Becoming an empowered bystander to "Step up and Step in"
  • Your role as a mentor for others
  • The joys of officiating


  • Engaging Instructional Design
  • Condensed, Easy to Follow Curriculum
  • Fully Outsourced Risk Management Platform for any Organization, Big or Small
  • Comprehensive Suite of Administrative Tools


  • If you have an existing Officials Program certificate, select "Already Certified?" and follow the prompts.
  • If you have an existing profile in any other Respect Group program, select "New to this Program?" then "Look-Up".
  • If this is your first time registering for a Respect Group Program, select "New to this Program?" followed by "Register".
  • Complete registration.
  • Select "Submit" at the bottom of the page. You will be requested to review and accept the Privacy policy.
  • On the payment page, click "Pay Now", or Enter a Pre-Registration Code if you have been provided one by your organization.
  • Once successfully logged in, you will default to the Home page. Select "Program Access" to view the modules.
  • To re-access the program, return to the same URL indicated above and enter the username and password created during registration.

The program has already been used by many sports organizations across the country.

“Our Officials are a crucial part of minor hockey and I’m thankful that the Respect in Sport – Officials Program exists to help keep the game fair, respectful and fun for all participants," said Dave Wedlake, Chair of the OMHA Referees Program. "This program gives Officials the necessary tools to manage and identify bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD) behaviour.”

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