SAFE SPORT

COMMITMENT TO SAFE SPORT

BC Speed Skating embraces our responsibility to create, foster, and preserve sport settings that ensure positive, healthy, fun, and fulfilling experiences for all individuals. We believe that a Safe Sport environment prioritizes the welfare, safety, and rights of every participant at all times.

BC Speed Skating is committed to providing Safe Sport Training to all Coaches, Officials and Volunteers purchasing a BCSSA membership. BCSSA will offer the training through the Safe Sport Training Module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada. The training will be mandatory for all members in a Position of Authority, as referenced by the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS). The completion of this course will be recorded as part of BCSSA’s registrations system, IceReg, to ensure completion.

Safe Sport training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with skaters or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, social and spiritual health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct and BC’s Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address
Maltreatment in Sport.

BC Speed Skating’s extensive organizational policies reflect our commitment to Safe Sport. Our aim to uphold the values of Safe Sport is incorporated in our Code of Conduct, Bullying and Harassment, Equity and Access, Concussion and Human Resources policies.

Adopted and Ratified – May 2021

canadian sport helpline & Commit to kids

The Canadian Sport Helpline offers support to victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination. This anonymous, confidential and independent service allows them to share and validate their concerns, obtain advice on the process to follow and be directed toward the appropriate resources to ensure a follow-up.

Safe Sport framework

BC Speed Skating’s Safe Sport framework is based on 3 pillars: Awareness, Prevention and Action.  We invite you to learn more through the following resources.  

AWARENESS

What is Maltreatment?

Maltreatment refers to an action or lack of action that results in harm or has the potential for physical or psychological harm.  

Resources:

Canadian Sport Help Line

Addressing Maltreatment in Sport - viaSport

BC Universal Code of Conduct

Concussion prevention, recognition and return to sport protocols have been heavily featured in the media over the past few years. Speed Skating Canada has a webpage dedicated to Concussions/Brain Injuries, which provides speed skating specific education and resources for coaches, officials, club administrators and parents.

Within BC, the BCSSA Concussion Protocol must be followed at all sanctioned events. The protocol includes the administration of the Concussion Recognition Tool and the provision of the BCSSA Suspected Concussion Form. The BCSSA Concussion Protocol outlines the steps to follow in identifying a concussion and providing initial care. Return to play guidelines are also available for speed skating, through the Speed Skating Canada Return to Play Guide. It is highly recommended that clubs consider adopting similar protocols for their club practices.

PREVENTION

Speed Skating is a fast and exciting sport.  Preventing injuries through proper safety equipment is everyone's responsibility.

Personal Equipment

Arena Safety

Speed Skating Arena Safety Checklist

SSC Coach and Club Safety Checklist

SSC Safety on Ice Guidelines

 

For more information please contact BC Speed Skating's Executive Director.

Employee and Volunteer Screening Policy

Employee and Volunteer Screening Procedure

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.

BC Speed Skating is encourages the use of the Rule of Two to ensure a safe environment for all.

 

As part of our Values, BC Speed Skating believes it is our duty to maximize each member’s potential for growth and development.  Recognizing our members in a wholistic way, where sport is part of personal development, creates a supportive a growing community.

This philosophy is used in our skater, officials and coaches development pathways and in our planning processes.  

For more information contact our Technical Director.

All BC Speed Skating Board and Staff must complete the Commit to Kids Program through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders 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.

This online training consists of eight separate modules that address the following:

  • child sexual abuse
  • the grooming process
  • handling disclosures of child sexual abuse
  • the impact of child sexual abuse
  • creating a Child Protection Code of Conduct for your organization
  • policies and procedures to use to protect children in your organization
  • the C2K program for child-serving organizations

A certificate of completion will be issued upon completion of all modules and a successful knowledge validation test.

All Coaches and Officials must complete the Coaching Association of Canada's Safe Sport Training module.

ACTION

BC Speed Skating's Code of Conduct can be found in our Policy and Procedures manual on our Governance page.

 

 

BC Speed Skating's Conflict Resolution Process can be found in our Policy and Procedures manual on our Governance page.

BC Speed Skating's Incident Reporting Process can be found in our Policy and Procedures manual on our Governance page.

How to report maltreatment 
You can report a complaint about a violation of the B.C. Universal Code of Conduct directly to the BC Speed Skating Executive Director or President.

You can report any concerns or complaints about any sport organization in B.C. or Canada to the National Sport Helpline (1-888-83SPORT, or www.abuse-free-sport.ca)

Other 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.

BC Speed Skating's Discipline and Arbitration Process can be found in our Policy and Procedures manual on our Governance page.