The Safeguarding Tennis initiative supports the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) initiated and coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The goal is to create a coach-led, athlete-focused, safe and fun sport environment for both players and coaches that reflect the values of community, teamwork, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence. Learn more here.
Coaches and Clubs/Organizations – use the link above for exclusive benefits on Background Checks. See Step-by-Step Instructions and FAQs for detailed information.
We all play a part in making sure that our sport provides safe and positive environments for participants to enjoy and prosper in tennis. Safeguarding Tennis helps coaches and organizations lead the way by:.
Recognizing the responsibility we all have in creating safe and respectful sport environments
Streamlining the process for Background Checks
Strengthening policies and procedures regarding child safety
Promoting child safety measures in everyday practice
Giving coaches and organizations the tools and information to be leaders in fostering safe and enjoyable tennis environments.
All tennis coaches and clubs/organizations are strongly encouraged to adopt as many recommendations, as reasonably possible, from the Safeguarding Tennis guidelines outlined below:
Rule of Two
Two screened and certified coaches should always be present with a single athlete or multiple athletes when in an enclosed space
The spirit of this rule is to ensure that both athlete and coach are not put in a vulnerable position. When a second certified coach is unavailable, an adult may fulfill this role.
More information on how to implement the Rule of Two can be found here.
All organizations and individuals involved in delivering tennis in Canada should conduct regular Background Checks through Sterling Talent Solutions
Background Checks are an important screening policy to protect children, earn the trust of parents, manage risk and liability and improve the quality of people involved in tennis. Clubs, organizations and individuals (including coaches, volunteers, administrators, officials, parent chaperones and course facilitators) should have up-to-date Background Checks prior to involvement.
Preferred pricing and benefits available for Coaches and Organizations
The TPA has accessed the relationship between Sterling Talent Solutions (Sterling) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to provide preferred rates on Background Checks (through Sterling’s platform) for everyone involved in tennis in Canada.
The benefits of Sterling’s platform include:
For Individuals (Coaches, Volunteers, Officials, Administrators):
Preferred rate of $25 applies to the enhanced Background Check called the Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC)
Receive your Check in one business day
Electronic access to your completed Background Check through your own online account
Easily share your Background Check with multiple organizations for FREE
Preferred rate of $25 can be offered to your employees, volunteers or contractors
Efficient system that provides Background Checks within one business day
Benefit from an on-line, centralized account to keep track of Checks for all employees, contractors and volunteers
Set up your account to cover the fee for certain groups or set up applicant paid Checks
For more information about Sterling Talent Solutions and general information about Background Checks, please reference FAQs
Safe Sport Education & Screening Requirements
In accordance to CAC guidelines, Tennis Canada with the support of its provincial partners has made it mandatory for everyone that is coaching, instructing, or assisting and that is in a position of authority in all indoor and outdoor clubs in Canada to complete the following safe sport education and screening requirements:
Code of Conduct (online form) – must be signed once a year
Declaration of Character (online form) – must be completed once a year
Background Check (can be done online) – must be completed every three years
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders (online education module) – must be completed every three years