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Violence in Sport

This collection of resources and web sites addresses violence in sport and recreation - for players, coaches, parents and volunteers.

Rules of Conduct for Ontario Team Representatives

Part of the Gymnastics Ontario Risk Management Handbook, the Rules of Conduct for Ontario Team Representatives PDF document includes sections on dress code, curfew, travel accomodation, banned substances, vandalism, sportsmanship and harassment.

Recommendations for Communities: Developed Through the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children's Sports

The Recommendations for Communities presents recommendations for addressing violence and aggression in sports by focusing on actions that can be taken by communities to resurrect a fun and stress-free environment for children's sports.

Position Statement on Violence and Injuries in Ice Hockey

The Position Statement on Violence and Injuries in Ice Hockey PDF document report provides the Academy's medical input into the growing controversy in Canadian society regarding the issue of violence in the game of ice hockey and its impact on player safety.

Points for Parents

Includes Points for Parents About:

  • Teens and Injuries
  • Teens and Violence Prevention
  • Teens and Cigarettes
  • Teens and Alcohol
  • Teens and Illicit Drugs
  • Teens and Depression
  • Teens and Sex
  • Teens and HIV/AIDS
  • Teens and Nutrition
  • Teens and Physical Activity
  • Being the Parent or Guardian of a Teen
  • Helping Your Teen Make Responsible Choices
  • Teenage Growth and Development: 11-14 Years
  • Teenage Growth and Development: 15-17 Years
  • Teens and Vaccinations, Immunizations, and Shots

Building a New Brand of Sport

Building a New Brand of SportPDF document proposes a definition of violence and discusses how to determine what steps need to be taken to create appropriate legislation to prevent violence in sport.

Sport and the Media - Bibliography

The Sport and the Media - Bibliography is a bibliography of materials on how professional sports and the Olympics are covered in newspapers, magazines and on television. Issues such as the differences between the portrayal of male and female athletes, televised sport violence, the commercialization of sporting events, the emotional responses of fans to sports broadcasting, and the ethics of sports journalism are included.

Fair and Safe Play Saskatchewan

The Interagency Committee for Fair and Safe Play is working with a few selected communities to plan and undertake innovative approaches which will reduce injuries and promote fair play among children and youth.This document describes the projects that have been undertaken.

Keep It Fun: Clubs Guide to Encouraging Positive Parent Behaviour

Keep It Fun: Clubs Guide to Encouraging Positive Parent Behaviour is intended to assist organisations to promote good behaviour among parents so that they can learn to be a positive influence on their child's sporting experience.

Sport Violence/Aggression - Bibliography

The Sport Violence/Aggression - Bibliography is a bibliography on violence and aggression in sport with particular reference to hockey, soccer and football.

Fair Play Can Make a Difference

Fair Play Can Make a Difference provides an overview of an exciting research project studying the attitudes and the behaviors of athletes and parents concerning fair play was recently completed by the Culture, Recreation and Lotteries Branch of Saskatchewan Municipal Government, the Faculty of Physical Activity Studies at the University of Regina, the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association and a number of its affiliated teams. A " Fair Play " Educational Intervention Program was developed, for the study, to inform parents and coaches about a variety of sportsmanship issues that are relevant to children's hockey.

Aggression in sport

In Aggression in sport PDF document, the author discusses the rise of violence in sports and attempts to define the concept of "aggression". He distinguishes between agression and assertiveness and examines the role of the coach in modifying players' behaviour. A list of recommendations is given for coaches and administrators to use to reduce aggression. Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Fall 1999.

Student athletes: controlling agression

Student athletes: controlling agressionPDF document is a case study is given of an incident where two students became involved in a physical fight after an argument during a school hockey game. One student was badly injured and laid criminal charges and then sued the School Board for damages. The trial judge found the School Board not directly liable as they had put in place all measures to safeguard students. Details are given of these measures. Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Fall 1996.

Check your attitude

The "Spirit of Sport" PDF document campaign aims to emphasize the positive aspects of sport such as effort, determination, mastering new skills and striving for personal excellence. A checklist is given for participants to evaluate whether they are getting the most out of their sport. Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Spring 1996.

Coaches can encourage morality and fair play

The authors outline a scenario where a child is intimidated and demoralized by criticism by his coach and peers, and they talk of the unfortunate tendency for coaches to encourage children to win at all costs. They then go on to describe a a six-step plan coaches can use to teach morality and good sports conduct through youth sport. The plan includes practical suggestions and guidelines and a basis from which coaches can construct individual plans. The process of acquiring morality and sportsmanship must take priority over winning. Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Spring 1995 PDF document.

Behaviour Management Policy

This document outlines the City of Kitchener's policies on appropriate behaviour, vandalism, littering, harassment etc PDF document.

Recreation Research : Violent Behavior In or Around Recreation Facilities

This is a summary of a survey undertaken by the Ontario MCTR to assess the degree to which the problem of violent behaviour in recreational environments existed in Ontario. A questionnaire was distributed to people who work in recreational facilities. Over 1300 recreational facilities were issued questionnaires. Verbal abuse was the most frequent form of violence, followed by break-ins and malicious damage. The results were also broken down by region, size of the community, area (gymnasium, playground, etc.), age and gender of perpetrators and victims, other associated factors and consequences (higher cost due to repairs, expulsion, etc.).