RESPONSIBLE COACHING MOVEMENT
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and has the potential to influence all sport organizations and coaches. To reduce risk in sport, the Responsible Coaching Movement focuses on three key areas: Rule of Two, Background Screening, and Ethics & Respect Training.
By signing the pledge of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM), Softball Canada is helping to ensure the protection of both Athletes and Coaches. Going forward, Softball Canada pledges to implement policies and practices that focus on RCM's Phase 1.
Softball Canada makes every effort to ensure that the safety of members remains a high priority by continuing to support a variety of programs that are developed both strategically and ethically . The Association’s Vision, Mission and Values, as outlined in Softball Canada’s Strategic Plan, form the basis of our programming.
Individuals who coach, volunteer, officiate, deliver development programs, or who accompany a team to an event/ competition, who are paid staff, or otherwise engage with vulnerable individuals and who fall under Softball Canada's authority shall be screened according to the organizations Screening Policy. Softball Canada expects that both Provincial/ Territorial and local associations will screen such individuals according to their own applicable policies.
To access the full version of Softball Canada's Screening Policy, click here.
To access more information about general screening practices/ requirements, choose from the following resources:
- Coaching Association of Canada's (CAC) Recommended Screening Matrix
- RCMP: Information on Criminal Record Checks
- My Back Check: An online criminal record check solution
Respect in Sport
As part of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM), Softball Canada, in partnership with the Respect Group, is proud to support Respect in Sport Training for Activity Leaders, Parents and in the workplace. The Respect in Sport training programs educate youth leaders, coaches, officials, employees and participants to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
To access these training programs and become certificated through Softball Canada's data base, click here.
Making Head Way
The Making Head Way training is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, these concussion focused NCCP modules are an excellent resource and will review:
- What to do to prevent concussions
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
- What to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion
- How to ensure athletes return to play safely
Click here to learn more about the Making Head Way training module!
Foundations of Coaching Softball
Foundations of Coaching Softball is Softball Canada’s first online National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) module developed to introduce new and experienced coaches to the foundational skills of coaching and softball-specific coaching concepts, such as: developing a coaching philosophy, Long-Term Player Development, working with players and their parents, the coaching process, and player safety.
To register for Softball Canada’s Foundations of Coaching Softball E- learning module, click here.
Commit to Kids
Through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP), the Commit to Kids (C2K) online Coaches module empowers Coaches with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.
Click here to access the C2K for Coaches online training.