Safe Sport

Safe Sport


Volleyball Canada is committed to a sport environment free from abuse that is safe for all participants.

Volleyball Canada has zero tolerance for any type of abuse. Individuals are required to report abuse or suspected abuse to Volleyball Canada or to a Provincial/Territorial Association so that those matters can be addressed in an expeditious manner.


Volleyball Canada has a third-party to review safe sport complaints. Lise Maclean is an independent certified workplace harassment resources/investigator who is able to guide individuals through the process and/or explore other options.  This independent official is empowered to supersede Volleyball Canada staff and enforce appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. 

You may contact the independent third party at lise@wiserworkplaces.ca or (519) 900-6813.


1-888-837-7678 – info@abuse-free-sport.ca – http://abuse-free-sport.ca/en/ 

The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.


Volleyball Canada has adopted several policies aimed at addressing the maltreatment of individuals in sport. These policies include:

A full list of Volleyball Canada’s policies can be found here.


Open, observable, and justifiable interactions and communications are strongly recommended to foster safety, enhance protection, and help reduce vulnerability of both the athlete and adult(s) in a position of trust.

Commonly referred to as the Rule of Two,  it means that there will always be two screened and safety-trained adults with a participant, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation.

Vulnerable situations include but are not limited to:

  • Closed doors meetings
  • Medical treatments
  • Travel to and from trainings, competitions, events, or activities
  • Any training or competitive environments without a second coach or responsible adult present (in the gym, in the weight room, etc.)
  • Electronic communications

"Open and Observable Environments" is VC’s version of rule of two. As in rule of two, this practice still involves making meaningful and concerted efforts to avoid situations where a person in authority (coach, official, staff member, IST member etc.) might be alone with an athlete and/or vulnerable individual.

The name refers to the fact that interactions between an individual and an individual who is in a position of trust/authority should be in an environment or space that is both “open” and “observable” to others.

For a full description with examples and frequently asked questions, please download the Open and Observable Spaces Guidelines.


Volleyball Canada is requiring that all individuals involved with the sport across the country take the new safe sport training module, available via the Coaching Association of Canada website.
As of April 1, 2020, anyone associated with a Sport Canada-funded organization must be trained on conduct to prevent and address maltreatment. This includes coaches, referees, parents of youth athletes, high performance staff and contractors, officials; and all administrative staff and volunteers whether they may have direct contact with athletes or not. 

The safe sport module is a free, 90-minute eLearning module that gives all participants the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. The module aligns with the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education.
Visit the safe sport training site for more info:

To take the training, you must create an account in “The Locker”, even if you are not a coach (it’s free!) We suggest saving a screenshot of the final slide when completed for your records.
Other online resources (mainly for coaches) that can be completed from home include the following (please note fees may be required).


For more info on coaching resources, contact:


Information on Volleyball Canada Club Approval can be found HERE