The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches. Resulting from extensive ongoing consultation with sport organizations and leaders in Canada, the RCM encourages the commitment and implementation of supportive policies to ensure the safety and protection of athletes and coaches, both on and off the field of play. The RCM calls on sport organizations to adopt policies and processes in three key areas of their coaching practices:
Rule of Two
The Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and training environments.
Background screening involves using a number of different tools to ensure coaches meet the necessary security requirements to coach athletes. These tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks.
Respect and Ethics Training
Increasing coaches’ ethical conduct and behavior toward athletes requires that coaches be trained to understand what it means to act ethically. This training would include the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), as well as training in abuse and harassment prevention, such as Respect in Sport, before and during their coaching career.
Over the next three years, with the support of the Coaching Association of Canada, the Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association will be reviewing its current policies and procedures to ensure they align with the recommendations and guidelines of the RCM. Working closely with our members we will identify realistic ways and means to promote the Responsible Coaching Movement across our sport to enhance the safety of our athletes and ethical conduct of our coaches.
For more information, visit: www.coach.ca/ResponsibleCoaching