Responsible Coaching Movement – Step Three: Respect and Ethics Training

June 22, 2018

Responsible Coaching Movement

We will introduce each step, provide guidance and a timeline for implementation followed by a summary document available for download. The end goal is that through the supportive policies and process, that adhere to the three key areas of Responsible Coaching Movement, we will ensure that our athletes and coaches are protected.

This applies to coaches involved in the following:

  • Team Ontario programing
  • Affiliated club programing
  • Affiliated team programing
  • Working independently with athletes

Step Three : Respect and Ethics Training

Increasing coaches’ ethical conduct and ethical behaviour toward athletes requires that coaches be trained to understand what it means to act ethically. This training would include the Make Ethical Decisions module within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), as well as training in abuse and harassment prevention, such as Respect in Sport, before and during their coaching career. Sport organizations may also determine their own additional standards of ethical behaviour for coaches and volunteers in their organization.

Timeline: Completion of training by December 31 2018.


Currently there are two sources of training:

  • NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED). This is a requirement for certification in any NCCP program. MED training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.
  • Respect Group  Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders is an online training program developed to provide activity leaders/coaches with a set of tools to combat Bullying, Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination (BAHD). Access to this program is pending. This training will be required for all coaches working with youth.

The OCA will facilitate MED training:

We will facilitate two courses to be held prior to December. Locations and dates will be announced

To Follow

Summary document sent to all registered coaches

Responsible Coaching Movement resource page on OCA website