SSA Policies & Procedures:
Referee Code of Ethics
Game officials having certain privileges through and by Saskatchewan Soccer, with respect to the game, shall realize their responsibilities and duties to the Association and the game. The Saskatchewan Soccer Code includes and enlarges upon the Canadian Soccer Association's Code of Ethics for Game Officials.
A Saskatchewan Soccer Referee shall:
Rule of Two
PAYSA Rule of Two Policy: Click Here
The Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and training environments. PAYSA are encourages to create and implement policies and procedures that limit the instances where these situations are possible.
Ultimately, the Rule of Two states that there will always be two screened and Respect in Sport and NCCP trained or certified coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation. This means that, with the exception of medical emergencies, any one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of a second coaches/team personnel.
In the event where screened and NCCP trained or certified coaches are not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited. In all instances, one coach/volunteer must reflect the genders of the athletes participating or be of an appropriate identity in relation to the athlete(s).
The "staircase approach" is similar to the Rule of Two. While the Gold Standard is the preferred environment, it is not expected that it will be reached at all times. The alternatives presented, although increasing risk, are acceptable and would be considered to be in alignment with the Rule of Two. The one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete without another individual present, as depicted at the lowest stair in the approach, is to be avoided in all circumstances.
For more information about the Responsible Coaching Movement or The Rule of Two, you can check out the CAC’s website: HERE
Respect in Sport
All sports in the province are now required to ensure that their Coaches and Team Personnel are certified in RiS. The SSA is committed to creating a sport environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Coaches and Team Personnel have a responsibility to create a sporting environment that is free of harassment, abuse, bullying and neglect.
The Respect in Sport curriculum consists of seven modules and takes approximately three hours to complete. When the program has been completed a Certificate of Completion can be printed. RiS must be re-certified every 5 years.