Safe Sport 

Education | Prevention | Response


The Jr. NBA is committed to creating a culture where all athletes can thrive, but doing so is a shared responsibility.

Anyone involved in sport should be able to thrive and perform at their best without fear of abuse, neglect, or other maltreatment. Maltreatment can harm athletes and other sport participants in many ways; physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Building a Safe Sport Environment Together

As a commitment to providing a safe environment for athletes, the Jr. NBA will conduct Enhanced Canadian Criminal Record Checks on all coordinators and coaches involved with the program. Additionally, staff and stakeholders with the Jr. NBA are expected to complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s Safe Sport Training.  In this training participants will learn:

  • Acknowledgement - Understanding that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe
  • Awareness - Learning about the various types of maltreatment 
  • Action - Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment

Rule of Two 

The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions for emergency situations. 

Good Rule of Two Implementation Practices 

  • The coach is never alone and out of sight with a participant without another screened coach or screened adult (parent or volunteer) present. 
  • Allow training environment to be open to obervation 
  • Ensure a participant rides in a coach's vehicle with another adult present 
  • Consider the gender of the participant(s) when selecting the screened coaches and volunteers who are present
  • Eliminate one-to-one electronic messaging. Ensure that all communications are sent to the group and/or include parents. 

You can Learn More about the Rule of Two here! and now the E-learning module is available here.


Take the Training! 

You can access the Safe Sport training here at no cost and receive professional development points for all certified coaches.




You can learn more about what Canada Basketball is doing to promote Safe Sport in Canada by visiting our site here.