Coaching Association of Canada
 

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada – on and off the field of play.

What is the RCM?

Established by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the RCM invites all coaches and sport organizations to learn and apply consistent safety principles. It includes three distinct pillars, each serving to create a sport environment that is Safe, Smart, and Secure.

1273 RCM Champions

To date, 1273 sport organizations have taken the RCM pledge

The RCM Pillars

Each pillar of the Responsible Coaching Movement provides crucial elements, resources and processes to follow for sport to be Safe, Smart and Secure for all.

Rule of Two | Règle de deux

Rule of Two

A safe sport environment ensures all coaches, staff, and administrators apply the Rule of Two. When following the Rule of Two, all interactions and communications with participants are in open, observable, and justifiable settings, and two responsible adults — whether a coach, parent, staff or screened volunteer — are present. There may be exceptions in emergency situations. Check with your sport organization as to how the Rule of Two is enforced.

Rule of Two Info

Background Screening | Vérification des antécédants

Background Screening

A secure sport environment is one where all coaches and sport organization leaders are screened to meet requirements to be involved in sport. Screening includes comprehensive background and reference checks, interviews, plus police information checks, to be done at regular intervals.

Background Screening Info

Ethics Training | Formation sur l'éthique

Ethics Training

A smart sport environment ensures coaches are trained and have the confidence and skills needed to effectively manage challenging situations. Lifelong learning through numerous training modules helps coaches expand their knowledge and awareness of important topics throughout their career.

Ethics Training Info

Join the RCM Movement

The RCM encourages sport organizations across Canada to pledge their commitment to implement these fundamental safety principles at every level of sport.

Create a positive sport culture

The following action items protect participants and coaches while fostering a positive sport culture:

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most common questions about the Responsible Coaching Movement.

The RCM entails three pillars (Rule of Two, background screening and ethics training) that are each designed to help 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, and that is why we are counting on your support to help raise awareness about this important movement.

Rule of Two
The Rule of Two is a leading practice to ensure a safe sport environment for all. The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable, and when two responsible adults (a coach, parent, or screened volunteer) are present with a participant. There may be exceptions in emergency situations. Check with your sport organization as to how the Rule of Two is enforced.

Background Screening
A secure sport environment is one where all coaches and sport organization leaders are screened to meet requirements to be involved in sport. Screening includes comprehensive background and reference checks, interviews, plus police information checks, to be done at regular intervals.

Ethics Training
A smart sport environment ensures coaches are trained and have the confidence and skills needed to effectively manage challenging situations. Lifelong learning through numerous training modules helps coaches expand their knowledge and awareness of important topics throughout their career.

All sports organizations should take the RCM pledge and commit to a culture in sport that is safe, smart and secure. Coaches, participants and parents can also help to support the movement by encouraging a sport organization to take the pledge if they have yet to do so.

Take the RCM Pledge

Your organization’s name will appear in the RCM Champions map. You will also receive an email encouraging you with some additional support material to continue enacting the RCM policies that are designed to keep sport safe, smart and secure.

There is an online map on the CAC website indicating the numerous organizations across Canada who have so far taken the RCM pledge. Make sure you are one of them!

Yes, please replace the RCM logo with the new one that is now available via the marketing toolkit on all material at your convenience. You can also add the digital badge to your website using the code provided to promote that you are supporting the RCM movement.

In the RCM marketing toolkit we have included graphics for social media posts, infographic content, a promotional video, banner stand, postcards and posters.

Yes, the French Marketing Toolkit for the RCM is available on the corresponding French section of the website: www.coach.ca/MER.

Visit www.coach.ca/RCM where you can also access a short informational video about the movement and what it entails.

The national paid campaign will run from late February until at least the end of March 2022, but the need to raise awareness and promote the RCM will continue well after the campaign has ceased.

Please contact the CAC’s Sport Safety Team at sportsafety@coach.ca if you have further questions about the RCM.

Keep Sport Safe, Smart and Secure

We have launched a national Responsible Coaching Movement campaign aimed at encouraging sport organizations across the country to take the RCM pledge

Creating a culture in sport that is truly safe, smart and secure for everyone is a team effort, and that is why we hope you will join us in raising awareness about this impactful campaign.

Access the RCM Toolkit

Webinars

RCM Champion : Now What?

You’ve taken the RCM Pledge and wondering what to do next? Sign up for our webinar happening on Wednesday, November 23 from 6–7:30 p.m. EST for tips and tricks on how to implement the Responsible Coaching Movement within your organization.

Learn some easy next steps to implement the three pillars. Share your commitment to building a smart, safe and secure sport organization with your coaches, athletes, volunteers, parents, officials etc.​ We will show you how to add the pledge badge to your website, email signature, newsletter and more.

This webinar is exclusively for RCM Champions and the recording will be available upon request.

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