The Canadian Sport Risk Registry contains a number of common risks and is updated following each Risk Management Workshop. The risks and solutions are presented generically and anonymously, to provide insight for sport leaders to think differently about the risks that are ‘keeping them up at night’.
Lack of inclusion
Risk that all who want to participate in a sport activity do not feel safe or welcome.
- Develop and implement policies for gender (e.g., girls on boys’ teams), transgender, and LGBTQ2S inclusion.
- Connect with CAAWS to see what resources could be used to educate coaches and athletes on this issue.
- Explore a campaign to sensitize coaches about the power of language and acceptable conduct.
- Have effective code of conduct in place, and ability to implement disciplinary measures in a professional manner.
- Be clear that the organization does not discriminate and welcomes of diversity.
- Explore funding opportunities for athletes with financial challenges.
Risk of athlete injury
Risk that an athlete injury will end their career or have long-lasting effects.
- Educate athletes and coaches about preventative measures to reduce likelihood of injury.
- Be a champion for research and safety developments for injuries predominant in your sport.
- Consult with other sports who deal with similar types of injuries.
Risks to sport membership
Risk that current membership model is not appropriate.
- Use a committee or poll current members on various membership structures and options.
- For membership fees, develop a formula that is customized to member needs.
- Where low membership is a threat to funding, consider a national database or other membership tracking system.
- Communicate the consequences of low registration to membership.
- Provide education on the benefits of registration, such as club support, access to coaching, insurance, and event planning.
- Consider recruitment strategies.
- Explore possible explanations for declining membership. May need to work with PTSOs or regions to find solutions.
- Identify problematic regions and develop a strategy to invigorate sport participation.
- Develop an outreach program that PTSOs can use to attract members.