Ringette BC is committed to fostering a culture of a safe and inclusive sport environment. This will be achieved through proactive policy development, the updating of existing policies/guidelines along with professional development initiatives and the adoption of best sport practices. Ringette BC is committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of maltreatment.

Ringette BC will uphold all language contained in the British Columbia Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC).

BC Universal Code of Conduct and the Canadian Universal Code of Conduct

The Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement is a system-wide movement that is being led and coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. The Responsible Coaching Movement is a call to action for all Parents, Club Associations, Sports Organizations and Coaches to implement realistic change to ensure the health and safety of athletes is maintained on and off the ice, field or pool.

RINGETTE BC took the pledge and you can too!
Take the Pledge today: TAKE THE PLEDGE

To find out more about the Responsible Coaching Movement visit the Coaching Association of Canada’s Webpage: Responsible Coaching Movement

  • Rule of Two

    The first principle of the Responsible Coaching Movement is the RULE OF TWO.

    The Rule of Two stipulates that there will always be two screened and NCCP trained or certified coaches with an athlete especially a minor athlete. In the event that a second screened and NCCP Trained or certified coach is not available then a screened volunteer, parent or adult can be recruited.

    Rule of Two Infographic


    Applying the Rule of Two in a Virtual setting Infographic 

    Even when we are coming together virtually we need to ensure that Rule of Two is still in place. The Coaching Association of Canada recognized that with the increase of virtual training and coaching sessions there needed to be protocols in place to ensure safety of athletes and coaches.

    For more information on the Rule of Two visit CAC’s Responsible Coaching Movement page.

  • Background Screening

    The second principle of the Responsible Coaching Movement is to ensure all volunteers participate in a screening process. This includes a Criminal Record Check and an application process for coaches applying to coach.

    Resources for Coach Applications Include:

    1. Minimum Coach Interview Questions
    2. Coach Application form
    3. NCCP # and Coach Transcript – visit: https://thelocker.coach.ca/access/account/public
    4. Reference Check form and letter
    5. Ringette BC Screening form

    To view Ringette BC’s Volunteer Screening Policy please click here.

  • Ethical Behaviour

    The third principle of the Responsible Coaching Movement is Ethical Behaviour. All Coaches and Volunteers must complete Respect in Sport Training or a comparable program. Coaches complete Making Ethical Decisions modules and evaluations.

    Making Ethical Decisions can be completed online through virtual courses, home study or in person in a classroom setting. To find an upcoming MED course visit viaSport’s Course Calendar.

    MED is required by Ringette BC for all levels of coaching certification.

Safe Sport Education Modules

Respect in Sport
For Coaches and Activity Leaders

To learn more about the Respect Group visit their website

Ringette BC and Ringette Canada recognize Respect in Sport as one of the education modules for coaches and leaders in ringette on understanding safe sport practices and initiatives.

To learn more about the Respect Group visit their website.

In addition to the Coach and Activity Leader Education Respect Group offers a Parent program:

Safe Sport Training

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has released their Safe Sport Training module. The Safe Sport Training is FREE and includes modules for:

  • Decision -Makers
  • Coaches
  • Athletes

The course covers the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent Abuse and Maltreatment in Sport. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

To complete the training visit the Safe Sport Training page with CAC.

Commit to Kids

Commit to Kids is a national organization that seeks to prevent and end child abuse and exploitation. Commit to Kids safe sport training seeks to educate coaches, parents and decision -makers on the best ways to prevent and protect children from abuse.

To learn more visit the Commit to Kids Safe Sport website.

viaSport Resources:

Addressing MalTreatment

viaSport commitment to safe sport

“In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport (MTACS), viaSport’s mission is to ensure that all British Columbians have the opportunity to participate in sport and reach their full potential. For this to be a reality, all sport organizations have the ongoing responsibility to work collectively toward creating a safe sport culture prioritizing experiences that are positive, inclusive and physically, emotionally, and mentally free from harm, at every level of sport within the province.”

For more information visit the viaSport Safe Sport website.

Canadian Sport Helpline

Introduced in 2019 to help support athletes and other sport participants who are experiencing abuse in sport. The Helpline is completely anonymous and available to everyone across Canada.

Access the helpline toll free from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), seven days a week by telephone, text, live chat or email in both official languages.

The Canadian Sport Helpline is funded by Government of Canada.

Safe Sport Reporting or Inquiries

If  you or someone you know has not felt safe while participating in ringette or ringette related activities, and would like to report a potential incident to Ringette BC, please contact our Executive Director, Matt Doherty at executivedirector@bcringette.org.

Province of BC Resources

B.C. Helpline for Children – a confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to
talk to someone – is 310-1234 (no area code required).
VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available
across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all
victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.
Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of
racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.

Ringette BC Codes of Conduct

Ringette BC requires all coaches, athletes, referees, volunteers, parents and spectators sign applicable Codes of Conduct.

To view all Ringette BC Codes of Conduct click here