Safe Sport

The Ontario Cycling Association is committed to ensuring the safety of all athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers involved in the sport of cycling.  In order to help ensuring a safe environment, the OCA has implemented a number of best practices, policies, and recommendations for all clubs and teams.

What Training should coaches and volunteers have?

The Ontario Cycling Association requires all Team Ontario coaches and recommends all cycling coaches complete NCCP Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  However, clubs/coaches can also consider one or more of the following workshops:

What screening is required?

The Ontario Cycling Association requires all Team Ontario coaches to complete a Police Record/Vulnerable Sector Check.

Click Here to link to the OCA’s Screening Policy, to determine your requirements based on your role/responsibilities

For a chart to determine the screening requirements within your organization: CLICK HERE

Description of Screening Checks:

Criminal Records Check (CRC)

This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record (local and nationally) and provides the applicant with the detailed information that can be legally disclosed.

Cost: Varies by jurisdiction and whether you are paid or volunteer ($0 – $75)
How to Obtain: Contact your local police service.

Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV)

For individuals who are working with a vulnerable sector (such as with minor athletes or with persons with a disability), which also searches for the existence of any pardoned sex offenses.

Cost: Varies by jurisdiction and whether you are paid or volunteer ($0 – $75)
How to Obtain: Contact your local police service.

Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC)

An E-PIC combines a search of the National Repository of Criminal Records in Canada and a search of local police information within multiple databanks. An E-PIC goes beyond a Canadian criminal record check by including searches of local police information that can discover additional conviction and selected non-conviction information which may be relevant to the screening process. The E-PIC does not include a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database.

Cost: $28.25
How to Obtain: Visit Sterling BackCheck by clicking HERE.

Additional information that may be discovered through this in-depth search includes:

  • Charges
  • Warrants
  • Peace Bonds
  • Prohibition Orders
  • Release Conditions
  • Probation Orders
  • Summary Convictions
  • Recent Convictions not yet registered in the National Repository.
  • The Most Comprehensive Criminal Screening Product

How to report inappropriate behaviour?

The Ontario Cycling Association encourages anyone who has experienced or witnessed inappropriate behaviour or conduct to report it urgently.

Any behaviour or abuse that is criminal in nature or has the potential to place participants, particularly those within a vulnerable population [e.g. children], in a danger should be reported to local police services immediately.

Canadian Sport Helpline:

  • Telephone: 1-888-83-SPORT (77678)
  • For Website: CLICK HERE

Kids Help Phone:

  • Call a Counsellor: 1-800-668-6868
  • For Website: CLICK HERE

Complaints which breach the Ontario Cycling Code of Conduct can be submitted through to the Ontario Cycling Association’s Discipline and Complaints Process Here.

What is the Responsible Coaching Movement?

The Ontario Cycling Association has signed its pledge to the Responsible Coaching Movement and encourages all clubs to join this movement by signing up Here.

The Responsible Coaching Movement requires implementation of the following:

  1. Rule of Two: Limiting one-on-one interactions between athlete and coach.  This means that any one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of a second coach, with the exception of medical emergencies.
  2. Background Screening: Implementation of background screening process
  3. Ethics Training: Coaches complete an ethics training course or workshop as a requirement to being a coach with your club/team