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The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has developed The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM). It is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada – on and off the field.

What Field Hockey Canada (FHC) strives for is that field hockey coaches and administrators across Canada, at all levels, will inform themselves of this movement and submit their pledge. Clubs, and organizations should all submit a pledge in support of this movement.


There are three main steps that are the foundation to the Responsible Coach Movement.

Three Steps to Responsible Coaching. These steps will help participants and coaches benefit fully from sport participation in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. This methodology is a call to action for coaches and sports organizations to learn and apply consistent best practices in coaching.

  1. Rule of Two
    1. Ensures open and observable interactions to protect participant and coach alike.
  1. Background Screening
    • Background screening ensures that coaches meet the important requirements to coach athletes. Screening tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks. Coaches can complete their criminal record check screening with their local police department or with specific third-party companies as required  by their provincial organization or club.
  1. Ethics Training
    1. Prepares coaches to respond ethically and with confidence in challenging situations.


For more information on Field Hockey Canada’s commitment to the principles of Safe Sport please visit our Safe Sport pages, including coaching standards, education and details about our safe sport officer.