Researchers in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto are conducting a research study to examine youth hockey in Ontario and across Canada. Online surveys with athletes, parents, coaches, referees, and administrators will be used to study positive and negative experiences in youth hockey. This study will also examine the impact of the Respect in Sport Parent Program within youth hockey leagues. People who visit the survey will be entered in a draw to win a $50 gift card from Sport Chek or Hockey Life. The survey is available at:

The online surveys will ask about athletes’ experiences in sport, positive and negative spectator behaviours, coping with stress in sport, sport enjoyment, and commitment. Parents, coaches, referees, and administrators will be asked about their experiences youth hockey, including stressors, coping, burnout, and commitment. The surveys will also ask about the Respect in Sport Parent Program for those who have taken it.


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This study is being conducted independently at the University of Toronto, led by Dr. Katherine Tamminen. The OMHA is helping to send out information about the study to people who might be interested in participating, but it is not involved in the study or data collection/analysis of results. The study has been approved by UofT’s Research Ethics Board and it is regulated by strict ethical standards regarding participants’ confidentiality and anonymity. The OMHA will not know who did or did not participate in the study. Any questions about the project should be directed to Dr. Tamminen at [email protected] or [email protected].