Ringette Canada’s Commitment to Safe Sport
Ringette Canada places the highest priority on a safe and fun environment for all its participants and we recognize responsibility to protect the health, safety, and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the ringette community.
Ringette Canada takes situations involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. For this reason, Ringette Canada is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.
Ringette Canada’s policies are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate, and meaningful action should any issues arise. They are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour in advance.
Screening – an important part of keeping all participants safe while participating in ringette activities. Read more about Ringette Canada’s screening policy here
Concussion Protocol – Ringette Canada in collaboration with Parachute Canada (a nationally recognized safety organization), developed the Ringette Concussion Protocol to help guide the management of individuals who may have a suspected concussion while participating in the sport Ringette.
It is important that our coaches and sport leaders understand the signs and symptoms of concussions that may have occurred within and beyond the boundaries of the arena. The Ringette Concussion Education Sheet is an excellent overview and must be reviewed by all activity leaders and coaches at the beginning of each season.
Safe Sport Training – Ringette Canada has partnered with Respect Group and Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to bring our members the very best in Safe Sport training to ensure a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all of our participants.
All Ringette Canada athletes, coaches, activity leaders, directors, staff, national event volunteers, officials and national committee members are expected to complete one of the two course options below.
The Respect in Sport Activity Leader / Coach Program educates leaders, coaches, officials and participants (aged 14 years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse , harassment and discrimination. NCCP Coaches can have the course completion recorded on their Locker transcript through a simple opt-in process at the beginning of the training. Access this training here.
The Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) Safe Sport Training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport. Access this training here.
Ringette Canada Policy Suite
To ensure policies remain current and are aligned with the Universal Code of Conduct for Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), Ringette Canada, in partnership with Sport Law and Strategy Group (SLSG) conducted an independent policy review resulting in the adoption of an updated suite of Safe Sport policies.
Ringette Canada is committed to reviewing and revising these policies as often as necessary in order to ensure members can participate in a sporting environment that is free from abuse, harassment, or discrimination.
- Appeal Policy
- Athlete Protection Policy
- Code of Conduct & Ethics Policy
- Concussion Policy and Return to Play Protocol
- Discipline and Complaints Policy
- Dispute Resolution Policy
- Reciprocation Policy
- Risk Management Policy
- Screening Policy
- Social and Electronic Communication Media Policy
- Statement on Safe Sport and Safe Sport Policy
- Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)
- Whistleblower Policy
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or by a jolt to the body that jars your head. It affects your ability to think and remember things.
Because concussions are a common type of injury in sport, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and treatment.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Ringing in the ears
- Balance issues
- Low energy
- Not thinking clearly
- Slow response
- Mental fog
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Easily upset
- Emotional ups and downs
What to do if you Suspect a Concussion?
Athletes should not return to play or any other physical activity if they suspect a concussion.
If you think that you or your child may have a concussion, see a doctor immediately.
Seek emergency care if the following symptoms are present:
- Neck pain or tenderness
- Double vision
- Weakness in arms or legs
- Severe headache
- Seizure or convulsion
- Loss of consciousness
- Repeated vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Prolonged ringing in the ears
- Unusual behaviour
- Nose bleeds
- Confusion (difficulty recognizing people or places)
There are steps you can take to minimize the possibility of a concussion.
- Wear protective equipment that fits properly and is well-maintained.
- Follow the rules of the game and practice good sportsmanship.
- Exercise regularly so that your entire body is strong and agile.
- Increase awareness by sharing concussion information with other athletes.
Trans-Inclusion Policy and Resources
Creating an Inclusive Environment for All
At Ringette Canada we strive to provide a community where transgender members feel welcome and valued.
This page offers resources and practical tools to help support transgender inclusion in ringette. It also expands upon updates to our Transgender Inclusion Policy.
New concepts and practices require time, patience and an open mind. We will continue to update this hub with additional resources as they become available.
Ringette Canada Tools and Resources
RINGETTE CANADA Resources