The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada – on and off the field.
The RCM is a multi-phase movement that affects all sport organizations and coaches across Canada. It stems from extensive and ongoing consultation with the sport community in Canada that showed us some of the systemic issues in sport, the role various parties play, and strategies for addressing these issues.
The Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport support the Canadian sporting community in improving practices that ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants.
Keeping Sport Fair, Fun, and Safe
Responsible coaching allows you to support your participants’ right to a safe, positive environment. Here are some ways to protect your athletes and yourself both on and off the field of play:
- Ensure your organization has taken the RCM Pledge.
- Support your organization having key policies, like a Travel Policy and a Code of Conduct, and see that these are current and enforced.
- Ensure that all coaches and volunteers are appropriately screened.
- Encourage coaches and volunteers to take the Commit To Kids, Respect in Sport, and NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training.
- Ask yourself, ‘What are some ways that I, as a coach, can support the Rule of Two?’
Take Three Steps to Responsible Coaching
The Three Steps to Responsible Coaching help participants and coaches benefit fully from sport participation in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. This methodology is a call to action for coaches and sports organizations to learn and apply consistent best practices in coaching.
See the following links to the Responsible Coaching Movement as well as the Safe Sport Summit report from the national summit.
National Safe Sport Summit – Report – Jurisdiction Summary (EN)
National Sport Organization Safe Sport Working Group presents consensus statements on pan-Canadian Safe Sport on the prevention of abuse and harassment – Click here to learn more
Responsible Coaching Resources
To help you on your RCM journey, we’ve developed a detailed implementation toolkit that includes resources, templates and useful links. We update it regularly with new information and tools.
NEW – Safe Sport Training available – It’s FREE
Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.
Together, we can make sport safe for everyone.
Whether you are directly involved with athletes or play another role in national sport, the CAC’s Safe Sport Training will give you the tools to recognize, prevent and address maltreatment in sport.
Its everyone’s responsibility
The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport calls for all sporting environments to be free from physical, sexual and psychological abuse. The Safe Sport Training module aligns with those values. It equips coaches, administrators and others to make decisions that promote athletes’ physical and mental wellbeing and empowers sporting organizations to foster a culture that contributes to athlete success.
Take the Training (requires a Locker account)
Rule of Two in a Virtual Environment
Following the April 16, 2020 CAC Partner call and requests from the sport community, the CAC has prepared additional information so support sport organizations, coaches, parents/guardians, and participants with steps in the Responsible Coaching Movement, and specifically, the Rule of Two for training in a virtual/online environment. See the updated guidelines here.