Participants have a responsibility to:
a) Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of fellow participants, volunteers, spectators and all other individuals involved in the Games by:
- Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation;
- Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of Individual or the Association;
- Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethical conduct;
- Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent practices that are unjustly discriminatory;
- Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably;
- Ensuring adherence to the rules of the sport and the spirit of those rules.
b) Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment. Types of behaviour that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts;
- The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to know is offensive;
- Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts;
- Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
- Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions;
- Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance;
- Any form of hazing;
- Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching, or kissing;
- Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests, or invitations;
- Physical or sexual assault;
- Behaviours such as those described above that are not directed towards a specific individual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment;
- Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment.
c) Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes Sexual Harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behaviour that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Sexist jokes;
- Display of sexually offensive material;
- Sexually degrading words used to describe a person;
- Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life;
- Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions;
- Persistent unwanted contact.
d) Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods. More specifically, Team Sask adopts and adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. Team Sask will respect any penalty enacted pursuant to a breach of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, whether imposed by the PSO or any other sport Association.
e) Refrain from associating with any person for the purpose of coaching, training, competition, instruction, administration, management, athletic development, or supervision of the sport, who has incurred an anti-doping rule violation and is serving a sanction involving a period of ineligibility imposed pursuant to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and/or the World Anti-Doping Code and recognized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
f) Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities.
g) Refrain from consuming alcohol, tobacco products, vaping or e-cigarettes, or recreational drugs (e.g. cannabis) while participating in the Games program, activities, competitions, or events. The Games are a smoke free event.
In the case of adults, avoid consuming alcohol in situations where minors are present and take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption of alcohol in adult-oriented social situations associated with the Games. Coaches and managers must ensure at all times that their ability to perform the responsibilities of their position is not impaired in any way. A minor is defined by the laws of the host province (legal age in Prince Edward Island is 18 years).
There is a zero-tolerance for being under the influence of, or in possession of, drugs or alcohol, by a minor. Infractions of this nature will result in immediate removal from Team Sask and the Canada Games.
In regards to competition, cannabis remains a prohibited in-competition substance by WADA. Athletes at the Canada Games are subject to doping control and will be subject to all of the penalties and consequences, as outlined in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.
For all other Games Participants, unless prescribed by a doctor, cannabis consumption is not permitted in any form on University of Prince Edward Island campus (including residences), in public, or in hotels, as per the by-laws of the PEI Smoke-free Places Act. Please see the PEI Cannabis Policy and Legislation.
h) Respect the property of others and not willfully cause damage. Any damage(s) to the athlete’s village, residence, venues, etc., will be charged back to the person(s) responsible.
i) Adhere to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws.
j) Comply, at all times, with the Games policies, procedures, and rules and regulations, as adopted and amended from time to time.
k) When driving a vehicle with an Individual:
- Not have his or her license suspended;
- Not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances;
- Have valid car insurance.
l) Refrain from engaging in deliberate cheating which is intended to manipulate the outcome of a competition and/or not offer or receive any bribe which is intended to manipulate the outcome of a competition.
m) Refrain from using social media to engage in any form of inappropriate behaviors as described in Section 3 above. Use of social media is viewed the same as if you verbally or physically engaged in that activity.
n) Abide by the curfew established for the Games Village. After curfew, no one will be allowed admission to the Games Village. Those arriving late will be detained by security until the mission staff arrives to deal with the situation.
o) Team Sask supports Fair Play in Sport as described by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport (CCES). We recognize that winning is an important goal but that it is not the most important objective. The Canada Games values the enjoyment and the opportunities for personal growth and development that sport has to offer. Team Sask members are expected to promote and abide by the fair play principles of integrity, fairness and respect. For more information, visit the CCES Website here.
In addition, for all coaches/managers:
The coach-athlete relationship is a privileged one and plays a critical role in the personal, sport, and athletic development of the athlete. Coaches must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be careful not to abuse it, consciously or unconsciously. Coaches will:
- Set a positive example for their athletes by compliance with all policies, rules and standards of conduct;
- Act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person, avoiding all unsafe and unacceptable circumstances, and seeking advice of appropriate medical personnel before deciding if an injured athlete is to resume competition;
- Supervise and be responsible for the conduct of their athletes at all times during the Canada Games including transportation to and from the Games.
- To keep sport fair, fun and safe, coaches, managers, and technical support staff are expected to abide by the 'Rule of Two' to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justiﬁable. The purpose of the Rule of Two is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present.