SAFE SPORT OVERVIEW
Softball Canada recognizes its responsibility to foster environments that ensure positive, healthy, and fulfilling experiences. By prioritizing the welfare, safety, and rights of our members, Softball Canada is able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to address the needs of the softball community in relation to safety in sport.
SOFTBALL CANADA COMMITMENT
Softball Canada is committed to practicing Safe Sport and ensuring all participants are provided with safe, welcoming, and accessible sport environments, free from all forms of maltreatment. Softball Canada also commits to the following True Sport Principles:
- Go for It – Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Discover how good you can be.
- Play Fair – Play honestly – obey both the letter and spirit of the rules. Winning is only meaningful when competition is fair.
- Respect Others – Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field. Win with dignity and lose with grace.
- Keep it Fun – Find the joy of sport. Keep a positive attitude both on and off the field.
- Stay Healthy – Place physical and mental health above all other considerations – avoid unsafe activities. Respect your body and keep in shape.
- Include Everyone – Share sport with others. Ensure everyone has a place to play.
- Give Back – Find ways to show your appreciation for the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.
Softball Canada’s Safe Sport framework will focus on three key elements: Awareness, Prevention and Action - all of which are strongly supported by governance, policies and procedures. The objective of this framework is to ensure all Softball Canada members have access to the resources and support services they need to safely facilitate and participate in softball specific programming.
SAFE SPORT POLICY SUITE
To ensure policies remain current and continue to align with Sport Canada requirements, Softball Canada, in partnership with Sport Law and Strategy Group (SLSG) has conducted an independent review. As a result of this review, Softball Canada has adopted an updated suite of Safe Sport policies including the integration of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).
Softball Canada commits itself to reviewing and revising these policies as often as necessary in order to ensure members can participate in a sporting environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and abuse.
To access the full Safe Sport Policy Manual, click here.