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Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and has the potential to affect all sports organizations and coaches.

The RCM consists of three pillars (Rule of Two, background screening and ethics training) that are each designed to hep ensure a sports environment that can remain safe and fun for everyone. Creating a culture in sport that is truly safe, smart, and secure is a team effort. That is why we are counting on your support to help raise awareness about this important movement.

Coaches across Canada give athletes the benefit of their knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the sport. They dedicate their time to helping youth build confidence, self-esteem, and foster positive body image development through participation. As coaches, they have many responsibilities; one of them is to ensure they provide a safe environment for the athlete and for themselves. When athletes and athletes’ parents entrust a coach as a leader, they assume the coach has taken steps to become responsible, which includes implementing the three steps to responsible coaching.


Participation in sports is a great way for children and youth to learn skills, develop fitness habits, and build a solid understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship. It helps build confidence, self-esteem, and can foster positive body image development. Coaches have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for athletes. Parents have the right to speak with the coach or the coach’s employer if they have questions or concerns about interactions with their child. Parents play a vital role in shaping the organizations in which their children are involved. By proactively supporting organizations to implement policies and procedures focused on protecting athletes and coaches from unethical behavior, parents contribute to the ongoing development of our sports system and ensure a positive environment for all.


For more information on the Responsible Coaching Movement please visit Responsible Coaching Movement .

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