What is Safe Sport?
Promoting safety so that athletes can shine. Ringette athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination. Safe Sport provides a framework to ensure that everyone involved in ringette can enjoy the sport.
Safe Sport fosters empowering environments where athletes can safely reach their highest potential.
To create a positive culture of belonging aligned across Canada that embodies Ringette Canada values.
Ringette Canada’s Commitment to Safe Sport
Ringette Canada places the highest priority on a safe and fun environment for all its participants and we recognize responsibility to protect the health, safety, and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the ringette community.
Ringette Canada takes situations involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. For this reason, Ringette Canada is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.
Ringette Canada’s policies are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate, and meaningful action should any issues arise. They are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour in advance.
Abuse-Free Sport is an independent program that is part of a growing national movement to rid Canadian sport of all forms of harassment, discrimination, and abuse.
As a Program Signatory, Ringette Canada is active in this movement having joined May 1st, 2023.
As such, Ringette Canada has agreed to adopt the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and retain the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) to hear all complaints of potential violations of the universal code of conduct (UCCMS) involving designated UCCMS Participants.
A UCCMS Participant is an Organizational Participant affiliated with Ringette Canada who has been:
- designated by Ringette Canada and
- who has signed the required consent form.
UCCMS Participants my include athletes, coaches, officials, athlete support personnel, employees, administrators, or volunteers acting on behalf of, or representing Ringette Canada in any capacity.
Ringette Canada UCCMS Participants are designated, appointed, hired, and/or selected by Ringette Canada.
As such, UCCMS complaints will be reported and addressed directly through the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC).
Please note that Ringette Canada Participants not designated as UCCMS Participants will continue to have access to Ringette Canada’s Independent Third Party to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind.