Responsible Coaching Movement – Step One: The Rule of Two

June 20, 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 One: The Rule of Two

The Rule of Two states that there will always be two screened and NCCP trained or certified coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation. This means that any one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of the second coach, with the exception of medical emergencies. One of the coaches must also be of the same gender as the athlete. Should there be a circumstance where a second screened and NCCP trained or certified coach is not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited.

This rule serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and training environments amongst others. Clubs and Team must create and implement policies and procedures, in a sustainable, phased and measurable process, that limit the instances where these situations are possible.


Immediate implementation at all levels. Attestation of this required by November 30, 2018.


NCCP: National Coaching Certification Program managed by Coaching Association of Canada

Screening: a process that includes where applicable vulnerable sector screening, criminal record checks, interviews and reference checks as per our policy on screening.

To Follow

Step Two: Screening

Step Three: Respect and ethics training.