Safe Sport

What is Safe Sport? 

Ringette Canada recognizes the importance of safe sport for all participants in ringette throughout the country. Ringette Canada believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination. 



Independent Third Party

Ringette Canada provides access to an independent third party for all members.

Any person can contact this independent third party to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind. They may be reached directly and independently through the email address This is a confidential email address which will only be accessed by the independent third party.

Should any complaint or concern come to the attention of the Executive Director or any Ringette Canada representative, it will be forwarded to the independent third party.

The Independent Third Party role is:

  1. Qualified to analyze complaints and determine whether they are admissible such as, but not limited to, Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRP) and practising lawyers.
  2. Knowledgeable of all applicable Ringette Canada policies.
  3. Independent from Ringette Canada (Professionally and Personally)
  4. Able to address complaints professionally in both official languages 

For more information see the Ringette Canada Investigations Policy and the Ringette Canada Discipline and Complaints Policy.


What is Harassment? 

A course of vexatious comment or conduct against an individual or group, which is known or ought to reasonably be known to be unwelcomes. This can occur in the forms of: 

    1. Workplace Harassment – Vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a Workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. Workplace Harassment should not be confused with legitimate, reasonable management actions that are part of the normal work/training function, including measures to correct performance deficiencies, such as placing someone on a performance improvement plan, or imposing discipline for workplace infractions. 
    2. Sexual Harassment – A course of vexatious comment of conduct against and individual because of sexual oreintation, gender identity or gender expression, where the course of comment or conduct known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome; or making a sexual solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance is in a position to confe, grant or deny a benefit or advance to the individual and the person knows or ought reasonably to know that the solicitation or advance is unwelcome. 
    3. Workplace Violence – The use of or threat of physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker; an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker in a workplace that could cause physical injury to the worker; or a statement or behaviour that is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker in a workplace that could cause physical injury to the worker. 

For a more detailed definition see the Ringette Canada Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy.


What is Discrimination? 

Differential treatment of an individual based on one or more prohibited grounds which include race, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. 


What is Abuse?

Child/Youth Abuse or Vulnerable Adult Abuse

    1. Child/Youth Abuse – Refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adolescent may experience while in the care of someone they depend on or trust. There are many different forms of abuse and a child may be subjected to more than one form: Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Neglect, Emotional abuse. 
    2. Vulnerable Adult Abuse – Often described as a misuse of power and a violation of trust. Abusers may use a number of different tactics to exert power and control over their victims. Abuse may happen once or it may occur in a repeated and escalating pattern over months or years. The abuse may take different forms, which may change over time: Psychological abuse, Financial abuse, Physical abuse. 

For a more detailed definition see the Ringette Canada Abuse Policy.


Responsible Coaching Movement 

Ringette Canada has taken the pledge and is now a proud Champion of the Responsible Coaching Movement. By making this pledge, our sport organization is committing to implement supportive policies and processes that adhere to the Responsible Coaching Movement to ensure the safety and protection of our athletes and coaches, and provide our coaches with the tools and training necessary to model ethical behaviour. 

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches. 

The first Phase of the RCM focuses on three key areas: 

  1. Rule of 2 
  2. Background Screening 
  3. Respect and Ethics Training

Over the next three years, with the support of the Coaching Association of Canada, Ringette Canada will be actively reviewing its current policies and procedures to ensure they align with the recommendations and guidelines of the RCM. Working closely with our Provincial Ringette Associations, we will identify realistic ways and means to entrench the Responsible Coaching Movement across our sport and enhance the safety of our athletes and ethical conduct of our coaches. 


Rule of 2 

The Rule of 2 serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. This includes closed-door meetings, travel, and training environments, amongst others. 

  1. Any one-on-one interaction between a screened bench staff and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of a second screened bench staff member. 
  2. One screened bench staff must be the same gender as the athlete. 


Rule of Two – Infographic (2020)

Applying the Rule of Two in a Virtual Setting




Ringette Canada understands that screening is a vital part of providing a safe sporting environment. Ringette Canada is responsible, by law, to do everything reasonable to provide a safe and secure environment for participants in its programs, activities, and events. The purpose of screening is to identify individuals involved with Ringette Canada activities who may pose a risk to Ringette Canada and its participants. 

For more information see the Ringette Canada Screening Policy.


Respect in Sport 

The Respect Group is empowering people to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD) through interactive, online training courses. The Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders online training course is available for coaches to complete and is required by some provincial associations in the coaching certification process. They also provide an online course for parents to complete – Respect in Sport Parent Program – to help create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. 


The Canadian Sport Helpline 

A national secure and confidential listening and referral service for victims and witnesses wishing to share or obtain information regarding harassment, abuse, and discrimination in sport. A team of practitioners with expertise in counselling, psychology, and sport will act as Operators of the Canadian Sport Helpline. Victims and witnesses may access the toll-free Helpline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET), 7 days per week by telephone, text, live chat, or email in both official languages. The Canadian Sport Helpline 


Ringette Canada Safe Sport Policies 

Abuse Policy 

Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy

Discipline and Complaints Policy 

Investigations Policy

Screening Policy

Statement on Safe Sport


Provincial Associations