Creating a Safer Sport Environment with Ethics and Respect Training
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Sport stakeholder consultations identified a number of sector shortcomings that contributed to instances of unethical behaviour in sport, which led to the creation of the RCM. The RCM focuses on three key areas to support the positive development of safe sport:
Ethics and Respect training is a critical component of the RCM, supporting the development of a healthy and safe sport environment, both on and off the field of play. Education helps a coach develop a proper skill set to deliver age-appropriate training to athletes in a positive environment. It also promotes good conduct and behaviour, and helps a coach understand what it means to act ethically.
There are a number of excellent training options, including National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) workshops, which prepare coaches to effectively handle situations that arise from ethical dilemmas or even legal challenges that concern individuals, teams, and their sports organizations. Here are a few recommendations to share with your staff, coaches, and volunteers:
NCCP Make Ethical Decisions
NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training is a 4-hour workshop that provides coaches with a six-step decision making framework to help them identify and work through the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport. Please click here for more information about Make Ethical Decisions. Please contact your local Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative to take a workshop. Cost varies per region (free to $65).
NCCP Empower+ is a 4-hour intense and thought provoking workshop that teaches coaches how to enhance the well-being of athletes in their care and to be a positive role model in sport. Please click here for more information about Empower+. Please contact your local Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative to take a workshop. Cost varies per region ($60 - $70).
Commit to Kids for Coaches
Commit to Kids for Coaches is an online training program offered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which explores the boundaries, grooming process, sexual misconduct, and reporting of misconduct. Please click here for more information about Commit to Kids for Coaches. Cost is $12.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders educates youth leaders, coaches, officials, and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Please click here for more information about Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. Contact Respect Group directly for costs.
Respect in Sport for Parents
One of the most common reasons coaches, managers, officials and athletes of all ages cite for leaving sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. The Respect in Sport Parent Program helps define a standard of behaviour for all parents to create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. Please click here for more information about Respect in Sport for Parents. Contact Respect Group directly for costs.
Respect in the Workplace
Ethics and respect training isn’t only important for coaches. The Respect in the Workplace Program provides the knowledge and skills to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination within sport organizations. Please click here for more information about Respect in the Workplace. Contact Respect Group directly for costs.
Recommended Responsible Coaching Resources
For more information on the Responsible Coaching Movement, or to learn more about the different resources available (for organizations, coaches, and parents) to adhere to ethical coaching practices, please visit www.coach.ca/ResponsibleCoaching.
For more information, or to suggest additional training opportunities not listed here, please email RCM@coach.ca.
Michel Hachey is the Communications Manager at the Coaching Association of Canada. A proud father, he is devoted to making sport as fun and safe for his daughter as it was for him growing up. He is a strong advocate of quality coaching and a firm believer that it can positively impact athletes and participants in communities from coast to coast to coast.