Implement Safety Guidelines

Safety must always be an ongoing discussion that is consistently top of mind for every situation coaches and athletes encounter.

The policies and guidelines that a coach and their sport organization put into place provide the framework for a safe and transparent sport environment.

Starting the Season Right

The off-season is a great opportunity to assess the policies and procedures that your team/organization has in place and identify any gaps. Reviewing organizational safety policies ahead of the season with all participants makes expectations clear and ensures a safer environment for athletes and coaches alike.

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Rule of Two

The most effective way for a coach to create a safe sporting environment is to follow the Rule of Two at all times. The rule, which states that there should be at least two adults and two coaches present in all situations, at all times, is designed to protect minor athletes from vulnerable situations as well as reduce risk factors for coaches.

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Safety Online

Online coaching sessions can be a very effective tool for your athletes, particularly during times where it is not possible to meet in person. As you plan your online sessions, there are different safety considerations that you will need to take into account and plan for in order to ensure that your online communication is safe, positive and welcoming for everyone.

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Abuse & Reporting

Everyone in sport has the right to an exceptional, safe and positive experience at every stage of their sport participation. An environment that is safe and inclusive, free of abuse, harassment or discrimination of any kind. Every coach, parent, athlete and official should understand what supports and resources are in place in the event and unsafe situation arises.

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Team Travel

Creating a thorough team/athlete travel policy is an excellent way to mitigate the risks associated with travel and ensure that your athletes have a positive experience that is focused on sport.

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