The following terms have these meanings in this Code:
“Officials” means anyone, with the exception of players, performing an activity connected with Aurora Soccer Club Inc., regardless of title, the type of activity (administrative, sporting or any other) and the duration of the activity. It includes, but is not limited to, all Directors, Officers, committee members, Judicial Body members, coaches, trainers, referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, match commissioners, referee inspectors, diversity officers, persons in charge of safety, and any other person responsible for technical, medical and/or administrative matters in Aurora Soccer Club Inc., as well as all other persons obliged to comply with the Aurora Soccer Club Inc. By-laws.
“Staff” means any paid or volunteer person in a permanent or temporary position.
“Team Personnel” includes, but is not limited to, coaches, assistant coaches, guest coaches, managers, gender representatives, heads of delegation, medical or other personnel in a position of influence on the athletes.
This Code applies to Officials, Athlete Members, Life Members, players and individuals employed or engaged by Aurora Soccer Club Inc.
The Code also applies to the Directors, Community Association Members, Associate Members or League Members or any other individuals who perform duties on behalf of these Members when the Members are engaged in soccer-related activities sanctioned by Saskatchewan Soccer Association.
This Code focuses on the conduct of actions on and off the field of play. Any breach of this Code will be addressed as described in the Aurora Soccer Club Inc. League Operating Rules and Regulations; Discipline Procedures.
All parties referred to in Section 3 have a responsibility to:
a) Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation;
b) Directing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of Members;
c) Consistently demonstrating the spirit of fair play, sport leadership, and ethical conduct;
d) Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably;
e) Adhering to the FIFA Laws of the Game;
f) Demonstrating respect for the principle of fair play, which include:
- Respect for both the letter and spirit of the rules;
- Respect for referees and their decisions;
- Respect for opponents, including modesty in victory and composure in defeat;
- Facilitation of access to sport; and
- Maintenance of self-control at all times.
g) Refraining from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities;
h) Promoting the sport in the most constructive and positive manner possible;
i) Respecting the property of others and not willfully cause damage; and
j) Adhering to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws.
All parties referred to in section 3.0 have a responsibility to:
All parties referred to in Section 3.0 have a responsibility to:
a) Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts;
b) The display of visual material which is offensive or which a reasonable person ought to know is offensive in the circumstances;
c) Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts;
d) Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
e) Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect conditions of participation;
f) Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance;
g) Any form of hazing;
h) Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment;
j) Offensive or intimidating phone calls, texts, voice mails or emails;
k) Displaying or circulating offensive pictures, photographs or materials in printed or electronic form;
l) Psychological abuse;
n) Words, actions or an environment which is known or should reasonably be known to be offensive, embarrassing, humiliating, demeaning or intimidating; and
o) Behaviours such as described above that are not directed towards a specific individual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment.
3. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes violence, where violence is defined as the exercise of physical force, that causes or could cause physical injury; an attempt to exercise physical force that could cause physical injury; or a statement or behaviour that it is reasonable to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force. Types of behaviour that are applicable to this section include, but are not limited to:
a) Verbal threats to attack;
b) Sending or leaving threatening notes, texts, voice mail or emails;
c) Making threatening physical gestures;
d) Wielding a weapon;
e) Hitting, pinching or unwanted touching which is not accidental or deemed to be generally accepted as a part of sport participation;
f) Throwing an object in the direction of someone;
g) Blocking normal movement or physical interference, with or without the use of equipment; and
h) Any attempt to engage in the type of conduct outlined above.
Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behaviour that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
a) Sexist jokes;
b) Sexual violence;
c) Display of sexually offensive material;
d) Sexually degrading words used to describe a person;
e) Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life;
f) Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests, invitations or propositions;
g) Inappropriate sexual touching, advances, suggestions or requests;
h) Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching, or kissing; and
i) Physical or sexual assault.
Aurora Soccer Club Inc.’s Directors, Committee Members, and Judicial Body Members must also:
Aurora Soccer Club Inc.’s Staff must also:
The team personnel-athlete relationship is a privileged one and plays a critical role in the personal, sport, and athletic development of the athlete. Team personnel must recognize the power inherent in the position of team personnel and respect and promote the rights of all participants in sport. This is accomplished by establishing and following procedures for confidentiality (right to privacy), informed participation, and fair and reasonable treatment. Team personnel have a special responsibility to respect and promote the rights of participants who are in a vulnerable or dependent position and less able to protect their own rights. This section applies equally to the relationship between match officials and their coaches, instructors, accessors, and mentors.
Team personnel must also:
Athletes must also:
Match Officials must also:
Spectators and Parents are expected to:
Any behaviour prohibited by this Code that is experienced or observed must be reported confidentially and in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a report is submitted, the following shall apply:
All parties must cooperate fully with the Ethics, Disciplinary and Appeals Committees as requested.
This Aurora Soccer Club Inc. Code of Conduct and Ethics came into force on September 24, 2019 and will be reviewed on an annual basis and may be amended, deleted or replaced by Ordinary Resolution of the Board of Directors.
A PDF version of code of conducts can be found here.
Aurora Soccer Club Inc. has adopted the following Child Protection Code of Conduct from the Commit to Kids Program, to guide our employees/ volunteers in their interactions with children. The safety, rights and well-being of children we serve are at the core of our daily programs. We nurture supportive relationships with children while balancing and encouraging appropriate boundaries.
Our organization is committed to ensuring all children are protected and safe. A Code of Conduct is an important part of creating safe environments for children. The safety, rights and well-being of children participating in our programs is a priority in our daily operations.
The intent of the Code of Conduct is to guide our staff/volunteers in developing healthy relationships with the children involved in sport programs delivered by our organization and to model appropriate boundaries for children as seen in the Aurora Soccer Club Inc. Rule of Two, Abuse and Safety policy, and Aurora Soccer Club Inc. Guide to Interacting with Children and Adolescents.
All staff/volunteers must:
• Treat all children with respect and dignity
• Establish, respect, and maintain appropriate boundaries with all children and families involved in activities or programs delivered by the organization
It is important to monitor your own behaviour towards children and pay close attention to the behaviour of your peers to ensure that behaviour is appropriate and respectful and will be perceived as such by others.
All your interactions and activities with children:
- should be known to, and approved by the board, where applicable, and the parents of the child
- tied to your duties, and
- designed to develop the child’s skills in the sport program
Always consider the child’s reaction to any activities, conversations, behaviour or other interactions. If at any time you are in doubt about the appropriateness of your own behaviour or the behaviour of others, you should discuss it with the designated person within your organization (Zone/SYSI).
Examples of unacceptable behaviour toward a child:
• putting them down
Staff/volunteers of the organization must not:
• Engage in any sort of physical contact with a child that may make the child or a reasonable observer feel uncomfortable, or that may be seen by a reasonable observer to be violating reasonable boundaries.
• Engage in any communication with a child within or outside of duties with the child, that may make the child uncomfortable or that may be seen by a reasonable observer to be violating reasonable boundaries.
•Must adhere to the policies set out by Aurora Soccer Club Inc. in their Rule of Two, Abuse and Safety policy, and Aurora Soccer Club Inc. Guide to Interacting with Children and Adolescents, including travelling with children.
• Engage in any behaviour that goes against (or appears to go against) the organization’s mandate, policies, or Code of Conduct to Protect Children, regardless of whether or not they are serving the organization at that moment
• Conduct their own investigation into allegations or suspicions of potentially illegal or inappropriate behaviour - it is a staff/ volunteer’s duty to report the matter to the designated person, Child Welfare Agency, or law enforcement, not to investigate.
What Constitutes Inappropriate Behaviour
Inappropriate behaviour includes:
1. Inappropriate Communication. Communication with a child or his/her family outside of the context of duties for the organization, regardless of who initiated the exchange. For example:
• Personal phone calls not tied to duties with the child
• Electronic communications (email, text message, instant message, online chats, social networking including “friending”, etc.) not tied to duties with the child
• Personal letters not tied to duties with the child
• Excessive communications (online or offline)
2. Inappropriate Contact. Spending unauthorized time with a child outside of designated duties with the organization.
3. Favouritism. Singling out a child or certain children and providing special privileges and attention. (for example, paying a lot of attention to, giving or sending personalized gifts, or allowing privileges that are excessive, unwarranted or inappropriate.)
4. Taking Personal Photos/Videos. Using a personal cell phone, camera or video to take pictures of a child, or allowing any other person to do so, as well as uploading or copying any pictures you may have taken of a child to the Internet or any personal storage device. Pictures taken as part of your job duties are acceptable, however, the pictures are to remain with the organization and not be used by you in a personal capacity.
Inappropriate behaviour also includes:
5. Telling sexual jokes to a child, or making comments to a child that are or is in any way suggestive, explicit or personal.
6. Showing a child material that is sexual in nature, including, signs, cartoons, graphic novels, calendars, literature, photographs, screen savers, or displaying such material in plain view of a child, or making such material available to a child
7. Intimidating or threatening a child
8. 8. Making fun of a child
Inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated, especially as it relates to the well-being of the children involved in activities or programs delivered by the sport organization.
Whether or not a particular behavior or action constitutes inappropriate behaviour will be a matter determined by the organization having regard to all of the circumstances, including past behaviour, and allegations or suspicions related to such behaviour.
All staff and volunteers must report suspected child sexual abuse, inappropriate behaviour or incidents that they become aware of, whether the behaviour or incidents were personally witnessed or not.
Where to report:
1. All allegations or suspicions of potentially illegal behaviour (for example, child sexual abuse) that a staff/volunteer witnesses first-hand, must be promptly reported to police and/or child welfare.
2. To ensure the protection of all children in our care, all allegations or suspicions of potentially illegal behaviour that a staff/volunteer learns of must also be promptly reported to police and/or child welfare. Police and/or child welfare will make the determination as to whether the allegation or suspicion requires further investigation.
3. All allegations or suspicions of inappropriate behaviour (see above examples), that a staff/volunteer learns of or witnesses first-hand, must be reported to the designate for the sport organization.
Keep in mind that you may learn of potentially illegal or inappropriate behaviour through the child or some other third party, or you may witness it first-hand. Examples of the type behaviour you may learn of or witness and that you must report as set out above includes:
a. Potentially Illegal behaviour by a Staff/Volunteer of the organization
b. Potential Illegal behaviour by a third party, such as a Parent, Teacher, Babysitter, Coach
If you are not sure whether the issue you have witnessed or heard about involves potentially illegal behaviour or inappropriate behaviour, discuss the issue with the designated person within your organization who will support you through the process. Remember: You have an independent duty to report all suspicions of potentially illegal behaviour directly to police and/or child welfare.
When an allegation or suspicion of potentially illegal behaviour is reported, police and/or a child welfare agency will be notified. The sport organization will follow up internally as appropriate.
When an allegation or suspicion of inappropriate behaviour is made, the sport organization will follow up on the matter to gather information about what happened and determine what, if any, formal or other disciplinary action is required.
In the case of inappropriate behaviour, if:
• multiple behaviours were reported
• inappropriate behaviour is recurring, or
• the reported behaviour is of serious concern the organization may refer the matter to child welfare agency or police.
Based on the above code, we have established guidelines with interacting with adolscents and adopted SYSI rule of two.
Note: This document is not meant to be used or viewed as an exhaustive list or acceptable and unacceptable conduct nor does it address every situation that could arise and should not be used in place of legal consultation. The document intends to provide a framework within sport, in which individuals are expected to exercise common sense and good judgment when interacting with children. For the purpose of this document “a coach or adult” refers to any person working, volunteering or otherwise interacting with children in sport. “Children” refers to anyone registered as a player or involved in Saskatoon Youth Soccer Programming, and not a parent.
Sport presents children and adolescents with amazing experiences fundamental to boosting growth and development. Positive experiences are tied to wholesome relationships between coaches and athletes and are conducted in safe environments where there is a high degree of accountability for adult behaviour and actions. The reason for these guidelines is to establish expectations and understanding around adults interacting with children/adolescents in sport and creating a safe space for those who need to bring to light any concerns of misconduct toward children.
When taking on the responsibilities of the role of the coach you are also taking on a position of trust for the athlete. This trust us built on boundaries of professionalism inherent in the coach and athlete relationship. Once the trust is broken so are the foundations of this professional relationship. This relationship is also typified by a power balance of coach over the athlete, as they are taught at an early age to respect and listen to their coaches, as well athletes depend on the knowledge and training provided by the coach to increase their skills and development in their sport of choice.
As a result, both this power and trust can be used to violate the coach-athlete relationship and more often than not is a result of boundary violations where adults place their needs above the needs of the child athlete in order to receive professional or personal gains at the child’s expense. The responsibility of maintaining the professional relationship and appropriate boundaries always lies with the adult.
**This document is adopted from the Commit to Kids Program, Guidelines for Adults Interacting with Children in Sport published by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
In instances where it appears that a coach-athlete relationship seems to have been broken, it can be a hard to process and respond to this situation. However, reporting any suspected inappropriate behaviour creates accountability whereby appropriate actions can be implemented to restore and re-establish expectations. Parents and coaches who have any concerns should speak to SYSI and the zone organization as outlined in the SYSI Abuse and Safety Policy. Regular age-appropriate discussions around personal safety and boundary-breaking behaviour with children, should be conducted regularly by parents and coaches. Some examples of topics to discuss would be:
For these topics and more, please visit: kidsintheknow.ca/safetysheets. Any concerns about any sexual images that have been shared, please visit: Cybertip.ca. As well, for more information around reporting inappropriate conduct and child sexual abuse you can visit: commit2kids.ca/safesport.
Individuals working or volunteering in sport are expected to model behaviour that upholds public confidence and enhances healthy relationships with children and families. Again, the example show below are not meant to be exhaustive, but illustrative.
Examples of appropriate behaviour in coach-athlete relationships:
Examples of inappropriate behaviour in coach-athlete relationships:
Any and all interactions and activities with children/adolescents should be (including electronic communication):
1.1 The Rule of Two 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. SYSI Zone Associations are encouraged to create and implement policies and procedures that limit the instances where these situations are possible and can occur.
1.2 The Rule of Two states that there will always be two screened and Respect in Sport and NCCP trained or certified coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation. One-on-one interactions between a coach and an athlete, without another individual present, must be avoided in all circumstances except medical emergencies. SYSI expects that all organizations affiliated with SYSI will work toward attaining the Gold Standard.
1.3 In the event where screened and NCCP trained or certified coaches are not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited. In all instances, one coach/volunteer must reflect the genders of the athletes participating or be of an appropriate identity in relation to the athlete(s).
1.4 As depicted in the diagram above, the Gold Standard is the preferred environment, it is not expected that it will be reached at all times. The alternatives presented, although increasing risk, are acceptable and would be considered to be in alignment with the Rule of Two. However, the one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete without another individual present, as depicted at the lowest stair in the diagram, is to be avoided in all circumstances.
2.1 Saskatoon Youth Soccer recommends the following guidelines for organizations to ensure they are following the Rule of Two. In the guidelines below, a ‘Person in Authority’ is defined as an NCCP-trained or certified coach, a screened volunteer, or other adult. The organization is meeting the Gold Standard for the Rule of Two if the Person in Authority is always an NCCP-trained or certified coach.
2.1.2 Training / Competition Environment
The following guidelines are strongly recommended for the training and competition environment (including before, during, and after practices and games):
2.1.3 Gender Identity
A Person in Authority who is interacting with athletes should be of the same gender identity as the athletes. The following guidelines are strongly recommended:
The Following Codes of conducts PDF version can be found here: