The New Normal 

Safe Sport is the new normal and things that may have been accepted in the past may no longer be accepted. It is everyone has a responsibility to know what has changed and how to handle it.

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s Safe Sport program is about creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive lawn bowling club environments where people want to stay and belong.

Safe sport can be understood as: Physical and emotional safety, which includes concussion and injury prevention, and environments free from bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, and other forms of maltreatment. You cannot have a safe sport without Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

We all deserve to participate in sport environments that are accessible, inclusive, safe, and free from all forms of Maltreatment by others.

To reach this goal, Calgary Lawn Bowling Club must ensure a safe sport environment. Also, every participant plays a role in ensuring safe sport. Together we can create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive lawn bowling experience for all.

Safe Sport Strategy

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s policies and program 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 behavior.  

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Board of Directors of Calgary Lawn Bowling Club have signed the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge and encourages other clubs to sign as well.  For more information visit Coach.Ca

Consistent Policies 

The Safe Sport Policy Suite is a full package of policies that set rules, procedures, and standards of behavior to help Calgary Lawn Bowling Club maintain a safe sport environment. 

Statement on Safe Sport/ Introduction

  • Communicates Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s Safe Sport commitments.
Code of Conduct & Ethics
  • Sets the rules around behaviours that sport participants must follow.
  • Defines key terms and behaviours (ex. ‘Consent’, harassment’, ‘maltreatment’, power imbalance’, vulnerable participant’, etc.).

Code of Conduct & Ethics UPDATED: APRIL, 2023

Reciprocation Policy UPDATE: APRIL, 2023
  • This policy allows for sport organizations to agree to share discipline decisions with each other and sets out details around how to do so. 
Investigation Policy
  • Sets out the process for determining if and how investigations will be carried out after a complaint is submitted. This includes, how an investigation would be initiated and who may act as an Investigator.
Screening Policy UPDATED: APRIL, 2023
  • Sets out the process for how to screen adult participants in Calgary Lawn Bowling Club. 
  • Provides a lot of forms, in the Appendices, to guide this screening process. 
Social Media Policy & Guidelines
    • Sets out a list of suggested best practices when using social media, especially in relation to interacting directly with athletes.
Discipline and Complaints Policy
  • Sets out: Who can bring a complaint and How, When and Where to bring a complaint.
  • Provides a structured process for how to address and resolve complaints.

Discipline & Complaints Policy UPDATED: April, 2023

Dispute Resolution Policy UPDATED: APRIL, 2023
  • Provides an alternative, more informal for parties to resolve complaints and allows parties to work towards a mutually outcome (in appropriate cases).
Appeal Policy
  • Sets out the process for challenging the outcome of a complaint and/or certain decisions of the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club.
Whistleblower Policy
  • Provides a process and set of protections in situations where an employee needs to disclose certain information/concerns of their employer (Calgary Lawn Bowling Club)
Appendix of Definitions
Responsible Coaching Strategy UPDATED: APRIL, 2023
  • Outlines the commitment and strategy for implementing safe coaching practices.
  • Protects both athletes and coaches by setting rules around how athletes and coaches interact.
  • Sets the Rule of Two, which seeks to ensure that athletes and coaches interact in environments that are open, observable, and justifiable.
Screening Policy UPDATED: APRIL, 2023
  • Sets out the process for how to screen adult participants in Calgary Lawn Bowling Club. 
  • Provides a lot of forms, in the Appendices, to guide this screening process. 
Concussion Policy
  • Sets out the process for how to screen adult participants in Calgary Lawn Bowling Club. 
  • Provides a lot of forms, in the Appendices, to guide this screening process. 
Concussion Protocol
  • Sets out the recognition, medica dignosis, and management of participant who may sustain a suspected concussion during or outside of bowls activities, including their safe return to play.

Minimum Training Requirments

Recommended – All Athletes

Required – Board of Directors, Coaches, Employees & Officials

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader / Coach Program educates leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14 years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse , harassment and discrimination.  

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders 

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. Click Here 

Screening Requirment 

Level 1 – Volunteers

  • Screening Application Form

Participate in training, orientation, and monitoring as determined by the organization.

Level 2- Coach, Board of Directors, Employees, and Officials

Participate in training, orientation, and monitoring as determined by the organization.

Level 3- Coaches who travel with Athletes or Coaches/athlete support personnel who could be alone with Athletes.

Participate in training, orientation, and monitoring as determined by the organization.

Other Training 

We encourage lifelong learning through numerous training modules to help coaches to expand their knowledge throughout their career, identify legal, ethical, and moral implications, and recognize and prevent maltreatment.

Support existing and new coaches in their training or certification. 

NCCP Training



Intentional Engagement

Safe Sport Engagement at the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is a two-way conversation between the club and our participants.

We have the intention to regularly engage with participants, coaches, athletes, parents/guardians of minor athletes, officials, volunteers, and other stakeholders on a regular basis to get meaningful feedback.

Your lived experience on the ground tells us whether our policies, training, and other initiative are working.

If you have any comments or concerns please email the Club’s Safety Officer at 

Enhanced Resources

There are many safe sport resources that are available to advance knowledge and awareness.

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club has easy-to-use resources to promote safe sport, governance, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resource to everyone.


Please describe the incident(s) of misconduct in as much detail as possible, including the name, member club, and role of the person(s) in which the complaint is against, nature of the incident(s), dates, locations, names and contact
information of potential witnesses, response (if any), and all other pertinent informations.

Reporting Form 

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is committed to ensuring that all of our participants are able to enjoy the sport of lawn bowls in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Ensuring that safe environment is a
shared responsibility of each individual member in our lawn bowls community. For Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s events/activities related concerns, please complete the following form to the best of your ability and submit to the

Club Safe Sport Officer at: 

An individual who files a complaint has the following responsibilities:

  • To report the incident(s) as soon as possible, especially if their safety and/or the safety of others is at risk;
  • To provide as much detail as possible about the alleged conduct or incident, including the date, time, and location of the incident(s), the name of the person alleged to have engaged in misconduct, details of what happened and/or what was said, names of any witnesses, description of action taken (if any), and copies of any documents that may be relevant, e.g., a letter, email, or note that pertains to any matter in issue;
  • To cooperate fully in the investigation and resolution of any concerns, incidents, andcomplaints;
  • To uphold the strict confidentiality of all individuals involved in thematter;
  • To refrain from knowingly submitting a false, malicious, or vexatious report of misconduct or complaint to the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s Safe Sport Officer.

For more information, please review the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s Complaints and Discipline Policy.

If you have questions or concerns prior to submission, please contact Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s  Safe Sport Officer, at