The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and has the potential to influence all sport organizations and coaches. To reduce risk in sport, the Responsible Coaching Movement focuses on three key areas: Rule of Two, Background Screening, and Ethics & Respect Training.
By signing the pledge of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM), Softball Saskatchewan is helping to ensure the protection of both Athletes and Coaches. Going forward, Softball Saskatchewan pledges to implement policies and practices that focus on RCM's Phase 1. A recommended action plan and timeline to achieve this can be found here.
Three Steps to Responsible Coaching
The Three Steps to Responsible Coaching help ensure participants and coaches benefit fully from sport participation in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. For detailed information on the Three Steps to Responsible Coaching click HERE.
1. Rule of Two
2. Background Screening
3. Ethics Training
Softball Saskatchewan makes every effort to ensure that the safety of members remains a high priority by continuing to support a variety of programs that are developed both strategically and ethically . The Association’s Vision, Mission and Values, as outlined in Softball Saskatchewan’s Handbook, form the basis of our programming.
Individuals who coach, volunteer, deliver development programs, who are paid staff, or otherwise engage with vulnerable individuals and who fall under Softball Saskatchewan's authority shall be screened according to the organizations Screening Policy. Softball Saskatchewan expects that local associations will screen such individuals according to their own applicable policies.
To access the full version of Softball Saskatchewan's Screening Policy, click here.
To access more information about general screening practices/requirements, choose from the following resources:
As part of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM), Softball Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Respect Group and Sask Sport, is proud to support Respect in Sport Training for Activity Leaders & Parents. The Respect in Sport training programs educate youth leaders, coaches, officials, and participants to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
To access these mandatory training programs and become certified through Softball Saskatchewan's database, click here.
Foundations of Coaching Softball
Foundations of Coaching Softball is Softball Canada’s first online National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) module developed to introduce new and experienced coaches to the foundational skills of coaching and softball-specific coaching concepts, such as: developing a coaching philosophy, Long-Term Player Development, working with players and their parents, the coaching process, and player safety.
To register for Softball Canada’s Foundations of Coaching Softball E- learning module, click here.
Making Head Way
The Making Head Way training is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, these concussion focused NCCP modules are an excellent resource and will review:
What to do to prevent concussions
How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
What to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion
How to ensure athletes return to play safely
Click here to learn more about the Making Head Way training module!
Safe Sport Training
Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.
Together, we can make sport safe for everyone. To access the Safe Sport Training, click here.
Commit to Kids
Through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP), the Commit to Kids (C2K) online coaches module empowers coaches with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.
Click here to access the C2K for Coaches online training.
Softball Saskatchewan would like to acknowledge that we are located on Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakota and Saulteaux peoples, as well as homeland of the Metis. We serve all of the Province of Saskatchewan and welcome all nations to Softball SK activities, programs and community with open minds, hearts and through Spirit of the Game.