As a national governing body, Softball Canada is committed to providing safe, welcoming, and accessible sport environments, free from all forms of maltreatment.
Maltreatment is defined as any act that results in harm or the potential for harm.
For more information, please see the Safe Sport Policy Manual.
Softball Canada's Safe Sport initiative emphasizes the importance of that commitment by educating individuals on the harmful effects associated with such behaviours, and outlining the preventative measures put in place to lower the probability of them occurring.
Zero Tolerance Statement
Softball Canada has zero tolerance for any type of abuse.
Individuals are required to report instances of abuse or suspected abuse to their local association, provincial/territorial softball organization or Softball Canada to be immediately reviewed under the terms of the applicable policy.
Safe Sport Signs
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EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Softball Canada aims to create welcoming environment that reflects the rich diversity of Canada as well as its membership. Softball Canada's Inclusion Policy outlines expectations for all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and administrators in an effort to better engage under-represented populations in our membership.
Softball Canada’s Concussion Protocol is designed as a guide to help the management of athletes who may have a suspected concussion as a result of participation in a Softball Canada activity which could include, a Softball Canada try-out, game or tournament.
The protocol aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to their sport safely.
To learn more about Softball Canada's Return to Softball and Return to School guidelines, click here.
ANTI DOPING & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Softball Canada strongly opposes the use, possession, and the supply of banned substances/practices in competitive play by all athletes, coaches, administrators and officials. As such, Softball Canada has adopted the Canadian Anti- Doping Program (CADP) as its primary domestic anti-doping policy. Administered on behalf of Softball Canada by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the CADP is fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, International Standards and Guidelines.
Cannabis in Sport
Athletes subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) must be aware that this does NOT affect the status of cannabis in sport. Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance and a positive test can still result in a sanction.