New program aims to quiet rowdy hockey parents

Obligatory $12 course/test for players' parents before child can compete

Cash grab, or will it actually lead to results?

A new program, called 'Respect in Sports', is aimed at teaching parents how to keep a lid on their emotions while inside the hockey rink, watching their kids play.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has implemented the new program, because of aggressive behaviour by some parents in the grandstands while their kids play hockey.

It costs $12 and it's believed parents would have to retake the test every three years or so.

And if at least one parent or guardian doesn't pass the certification by this fall, their child will not be allowed to set foot on the ice.

The Greater Toronto Hockey League has so far not picked up the new regulations.

In a letter to parents posted online, the OMHA says "Full implementation by August 31, 2014 will foster and develop a culture of mutual respect in the OMHA and serve as an effective risk management tool as well as contributing to the overall safety and enjoyment of the game by all participants. A platform of proactive education for each of the stakeholders that have a direct impact on the youth in our game, (Parents, Coaches, and Officials) represents a key step towards achieving our vision."

Callers into the Showgram with Jim Richards, said they shouldn't be lumped in with a few bad apples, and their freedom of speech included their freedom to cheer on their children.

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