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Respect in Sports Initiative (RiS)
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Hockey Calgary has recently made anger management courses compulsorily for all parents of youth participating in hockey. Failure to do so will result in the child or children not being allowed to participate in their beloved sport. According to Allan Maki of The Globe and Mail: “Hockey Calgary was approached by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, who set out years ago to make the game safer for kids after he was sexually abused by his coach, Graham James.”
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“children ... developing post traumatic stress disorder; the trauma associated with witnessing violence can adversely affect a child's ability to learn; the youth will engage in health risk behaviours including suicidal behaviour, and delinquent and aggressive behaviours in adolescence; violence is a learned behaviour; our children are often learning violence from places where they should be learning positive life skills; and abuse will "turn the child off" to exercise and sports participation and prevent the development of healthy lifestyles that will promote wellness through the lifespan.”parents who behave inappropriately to change their ways and become appropriate role models for their children. RiS enforces not only appropriate behaviour amongst the one percent of parents who lack any self-control but as well binds the remaining ninety-nine percent of parents together in maintaining and providing a safe and therapeutic environment for children.
Butterfield, Mark. Father in Killing at Hockey Rink Is Given Sentence of 6 to 10 Years. The New York Times, 2002
Maki, Alan. Hockey dads (and moms) take mandatory anger management. The Globe and Mail, 2010
National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, Inc: Fact Sheet – What Are The Effects Of Abuse Or Witnessing Parental Misconduct?
Ormsby, Mary. Culture of violence in hockey has a long and tarnished record. The Star, 2009
Nota Bene: The above article was originally published in 2010 through Suite 101.com now known as Suite.io.
Corbin, M.R.J. (October 30, 2010), When Parents Go Bad: Respect in Sports Initiative (RiS). In Sport. Creative Marketeam Canada Ltd. Suite101.com. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.