Responsible Coaching Movement
RESPONSIBLE COACHING MOVEMENT
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches. The RCM is a call to action for organizations to implement realistic change based on their individual state of readiness. The RCM is the result of extensive ongoing consultation with the Canadian Sport Community. These consultations will guide the different phases of the RCM that will address the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.
The first phase of the RCM focuses on three keys areas: Background Screening, Ethics and Respect Training, and the Rule of Two.
Screening is an important part of providing a safe sporting environment and has become a common practice among sport organizations that provide programs and services to the community. Badminton Canada and its Members and affiliated clubs are responsible at law to do everything reasonable to provide a safe and secure environment for participants in its programs, activities and events. Requiring that valid police record checks, and other background checks as appropriate, be submitted, as part of the screening process, is part of this duty of care.
RESPECT IN SPORT TRAINING
All coaches must take the Make Ethical Decisions module from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). This module will help coaches be able to identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves.
In addition, coaches and other Badminton Canada registrants (as per the Badminton Canada Coach Certification policy) must also take the Activity Leader/Coach Program from Respect in Sport. This online training will educate coaches and staff on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment and building a culture of respect as well as becoming better role models.
RULE OF TWO
Definition: Rule of Two The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions for emergency situations.
Good Rule of Two Implementation Practices:
• The coach is never alone and out of sight with a participant without another screened coach or screened adult (parent or volunteer) present.
• Allow training environment to be open to observation.
• Ensure a participant rides in a coach’s vehicle with another adult present.
• Consider the gender of the participant(s) when selecting the screened coaches and volunteers who are present.
• Eliminate one-to-one electronic messaging. Ensure that all communications are sent to the group and/or include parents.