What is Safe Sport?

What is Safe Sport?

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.


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 

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:

  1. designated by Ringette Canada and
  2. 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.

Please use this flow chart to determine which mechanism and procedures you can use to report a complaint.

Territory acknowledgement

While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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