The defining values and characteristics of Rugby are integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline, and most importantly, respect. Rugby Alberta believes that we must do all we can to ensure our sport remains fun, safe and respectful for all participants. To that end, Rugby Alberta, with the support of its member unions, has initiated a partnership to introduce the Respect in Sport program for parents.

As part of this program, parents or guardians registering athletes with Rugby Canada must complete Respect in Sport (RiS) training and enter their RiS certification number into the Sportlomo registration system.


Respect in Sport online training is widely used among numerous national and provincial sport organizations across Canada. To date, over 1.2 million Canadians have completed Respect in Sport certification training.

Respect in Sport is an accessible, online resource in the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD). The program’s mission is to empower participants to recognize signs of BAHD and eliminate it from the game, through a global culture of respect.

Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004. It partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to create a best-in-class e-learning curriculum for mass consumption. Participants are certified through a 60-minute on-line program, that they can do from anywhere with internet access.


The Respect in Sport Parent Program takes approximately one hour to complete and does not have to be completed in one sitting. The Respect in Sport training costs $12 plus applicable taxes and is valid for four years.

You can use an existing respect in sport certification number you have received through another sport, provided that it is still valid. We encourage our members to become early adopters and begin sharing this information within their communities.

Training is also available offline by downloading the Respect in Sport mobile app after initializing your profile.


Respect Group Helpdesk Support is available from 8 AM to Midnight EST. Support is available by phone, email or live chat.

Visit to and click on Helpdesk Support in the lower left corner of the log in page, or log into the program and click on the Help tab in the banner.

Download the Program Access Instructions & Information document below.


The program takes about and hour to complete.

The cost is $12.00: $1 goes to Pay Pal for fee processing, $1 goes to the Canadian Red Cross (Curriculum Partner of Respect Group), and $10 goes to Respect Group for hosting, 24/7 bilingual help-desk support, program updates, and on-going support to Rugby Alberta members.

Parent/guardian pay the fee themselves.

Clubs may elect to “bulk-purchase” on behalf of parents and in that case, a pre-registration code is issued to the Clubs to give to parents. The Code is then used when the parent registers, rather than paying with a credit card. Clubs interested in a bulk purchase should contact Stephan Moncayo at Respect Group – The cost is the same whether the parents pay or the club pays.

Yes, the program is designed for minor players and families at every level of rugby.

Players aged 18 and up are NOT included in the RIS – Parent Program. This program is specifically targeted at parents/guardians. 

Any adult who is in a guardian/caregiver role, may complete the program. 

It is a requirement that each every minor player has a parent or guardian who has completed by the program prior to registering for the 2020 season.

Respect in Sport Parent Program certification is valid for 4 years. If there is an issue, a parent/guardian could be asked to re-take the program.

Parent/guardians will not be able to complete their child’s registration until a valid Respect in Sport certification number has been entered into the SportLomo registration system. Unregistered players are not permitted to participate in any level of rugby in Alberta.

Payment transactions are processed by Pay Pal, but you do not have to have an existing account, nor do you have to create a Pay Pal account to pay for the program.

Prepaid, one-time use credit cards can be purchased at numerous retail locations and used to pay online.

Some Clubs purchase a small number of bulk-purchase licenses for this specific purpose. They can issue the parent a pre-registration code to use in lieu of payment.

Administrative Access to the data-basing side of the Respect in Sport – Parent Program will be provided to designated registrars/administrators, as approved by Rugby Alberta. Those with administrative access will be able to run reports, look up individual certification records etc.

Parents/guardians are required to enter their RIS number into the child’s profile in the SportLomo National Registration System. Local club registrars  will have access to their club members’  Respect in Sport certification numbers via the SportLomo system.

Most public libraries have public internet access, or you could try a relative or a neighbour.

The program is very user friendly, but online help is available as well.

Respect Group Helpdesk Support is available from 8 AM to Midnight EST. Support is available by phone, email or live chat.

Visit to and click on Helpdesk Support in the lower left corner of the log in page, or log into the program and click on the Help tab in the banner.

The program is available in French or English. For parents who may struggle with English or French, they may ask a child, friend or relative to sit with them as they go through the program, and assist/translate for them. Many communities have cultural centres which can assist as well.

Parents/guardians are required to enter the number listed on their certificate into the SportLomo database at the time of registration.

Yes. The Parent Program is different in content from the Activity Leader program for coaches.

The Parent Program certificate is valid for four (4) years.

Respect in Sport works very closely with associations and registrars to support them through implementation and beyond. In addition to a 18/7 live person bilingual help desk (available from 8am-1am), training webinars are made available to administrators/registrars. Timely responses to e-mails and phone calls will be provided by Stephan Moncayo, your direct contact at Respect Group throughout the implementation process.

Stephan can be reached by e-mail at

It provides tools to deal with various situations which could arise during participation in sport, both as a parent, and in any leadership role you may have.  This is a positive program to make good parents better, and will empower all the good parents in the organization.