Ontario Basketball launches new Safe Sport policy suite
October 20, 2023 – This week, Ontario Basketball is pleased to share an overhauled safe sport policy suite with our membership. These policies were developed in consultation with Sport Law and are aligned with our NSO Canada Basketball.
Safe sport is top priority for Ontario Basketball. “A fundamental pillar in what we do is to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone in the basketball community. Ontario Basketball is committed to ensuring this happens across the province and we are focused on creating a framework that provides guidance and direction in critical areas to ensure that this objective is met,” said OBA Executive Director, Dave Stockton.
OBA takes situations involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. For this reason, OBA is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.
OBA’s policies are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate, and meaningful action should any issues arise. They are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour.
Should anyone wish to report an incident or concern about misconduct or maltreatment involving anyone associated with OBA, including but not limited to Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and parents/guardians of Athletes, they may do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, which will then determine the appropriate forum and manner to address the complaint – whether internally or referred to an external third party.
We invite all members and other stakeholders to carefully review the policies linked below or by navigating to the new Safe Sport section of our website.
The following policies have been developed and should be reviewed by all members:
- Code of Conduct & Ethics
- Athlete Protection Policy
- Discipline & Complaints Policy
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy
- Appeal Policy
- Whistleblower Policy
- Reciprocation Policy
- Event Discipline Policy
- Safe Sport Definitions
For more information, please contact:
Dave Stockton, Executive Director