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.

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club also recognizes the recent development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (“UCCMS”). Based on the Universal Code, Bowls Alberta and Bowls Canada Boulingrin’s Code of Conducts  Calgary Lawn Bowling Club developed Codes of Conduct for Board Members, Coaches, Officials, and Athletes. These are included in our Safe Sport Policy Suite. The Board of Directors has also adopted the Safe Sport Strategy from BCB which requires all Board Members, Coaches, and Officials to take Safe Sport Training and a recommendation that all Athletes do the same.

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. All participants, administrators, athletes, coaches and officials who work/participate with Canada’s National Sport System, must follow the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), which prohibits all forms of maltreatment.

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

Reporting Maltreatment 

To report a complaint/s regarding a violation of Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s Code of Conduct please contact;

safety@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca complaints/disputes ideally should be handled by the individuals involved first and Calgary Lawn Bowling Club could appoint a mediator if required.

if you feel uncomfortable reporting directly to Calgary Lawn Bowling Club, please contact  Bowls Alberta Office@bowlsalberta.com or  President@bowlsalberta.com 

or Canadian Sport Helpline (call or text) 1-888-837-7678
Email: info@abuse-free-sport.ca 

for professional listening and referral services by phone and text and by email at from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.

For more information, visit www.abuse-free-sport.ca.

Safe Sport Strategy

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s policies, framed on the ones from Bowls Canada Boulingrin, 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.  

Consistent Policies

Minimum Training Requirements

Intentional Engagement

Enhanced Resources

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. 

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.

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 

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 safety@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca 

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 note that we are currently working on this information.