Safe Sport in Ontario
Badminton Ontario believes that everybody participating in the sport of badminton in Ontario has the right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, and discrimination.
As such, Badminton Ontario has instilled the protective eyewear mandate for all junior players at sanctioned events, developed various codes of conduct and policies, introduced the Respect in Sport e-learning modules, and exposure to concussion awareness with return to play management protocols.
All junior players in Ontario must wear protective eyewear meeting the ASTM F803 standard whenever there are more than two players on the same court, at all Badminton Ontario sanctioned events. Badminton Ontario strongly recommends that all players wear protective eyewear meeting the ASTM F803 standard whenever on court. Protective Goggles must be worn over top of prescription glasses to fully protect the eyes.
CMAJ Article on Eye Protection: Traumatic hyphema in a 13-year-old girl: eye protection regulation in badminton is needed
Article Key Notes:
- Badminton is the leading cause of racquet sports–related eye injuries in Canada, and traumatic hyphema is a common complication.
- More than half of patients with ocular injuries from badminton never regain full visual acuity.
- Ocular injury from badminton can be prevented with the use of eye protectors that meet standard F803 of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
ROWAN’S LAW: CONCUSSION SAFETY
Learn how to prevent, identify and manage concussions. Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Emergency situations Call 911 if the person is unconscious, has lost consciousness or had a seizure. If they are conscious:
- visit an emergency room or primary care provider, such as your family doctor or nurse practitioner
- contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to get health advice or information
Look out for signs of a concussion in others. Symptoms may appear immediately or be felt days after an injury, especially in children and the elderly. If symptoms appear or persist, visit a physician or nurse practitioner.
A concussion is a brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull. A concussion can happen to anyone – anywhere – including:
- at home, school or your workplace
- following a car, bike or pedestrian accident
- from participating in games, sports or other physical activity
A concussion is a serious injury. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion can lead to long-lasting symptoms and even long-term effects. There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion to look out for, including:
- ringing in the ears
- memory loss
- light sensitivity
If you notice signs of a concussion in others, or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician or nurse practitioner. Know the risks, you can get a concussion even if you don’t black out or lose consciousness. Slips and fall can also increase concussion risk, especially in:
- young children
- senior citizens
Take your time to heal It is important to take time and heal if you have a concussion. In some cases, concussions or repeat concussions can result in:
- swelling of the brain
- permanent brain damage
These concussion awareness resources have been developed as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s “Active & Safe” initiative and are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes.
Get concussion smart via our award-winning “Making Head Way” eLearning modules, test your concussion IQ, find out what happens during a concussion, or simply browse through real concussion stories. For full Concussion Awareness Resources, please visit Coaches Association of Canada at: https://coach.ca/concussion-awareness or visit the Government of Ontario website at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-safety.
Badminton Ontario’s Concussion Management Protocol can be found here: BON Concussion Management and Return To Play Policy
This webpage is not intended to provide medical advice. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department. For advice on health care for concussion symptoms, please consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.
To view the various Badminton Ontario codes of conduct and policies, please view our Governance page HERE,
Respect in Sport E-Learning Modules have been developed by Badminton Canada in partnership with the Respect Group. These modules are available online as listed below. For Coach and Officials Accreditation, applicants must have the Activity Leader Module completed (these expire three years from certification date).
- Coaches, Officials, Draw Desk, Tournament Organizers:
- Activity Leader: https://badmintoncanada-al.respectgroupinc.com/
- Board of Directors and Staff:
- Parent: https://badmintoncanada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/
- Keeping Girls in Sport: https://badmintoncanada-kgis.respectgroupinc.com/
POLICE RECORD CHECKS via STERLING BACKCHECK
Badminton Ontario requires the successful completion of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check for those coaches who apply for a Badminton Ontario Coaching Accreditation Card. This can now be completed online with Sterling Backcheck at a cost of $25.00 plus taxes (total $28.25). The PRCs will be valid for at least two years with Badminton Ontario before having to renew. Coaches still need to attain the necessary NCCP Certification level to apply for the Badminton Ontario Coaching Accreditation Card.
The PRC can be shared with other sports organizations that you may decide to be involved with in the future as Sterling Backcheck services many Canadian Sports Organizations.
Registration Link: https://www.sterlingtalentsolutions.ca/landing-pages/b/badminton-ontario/
- You should arrive at the Sterling Backcheck Badminton Ontario Landing page
- Select your District from the drop down menu
- Create a new account (only done once)
- You will be asked to verify your account with your email address
- You will be asked to create security questions
- Upon completion of your account creation, you can then complete the PRC
- Payment is completed by redirection to Monaris.
- A receipt will be automatically created and sent to your email address
- The completed PRC will be kept in your online profile and only shared with organizations that you give permission to view.
- The PRC is completed within 24 hours and an email is sent to BadOnt and the coach when it is completed.
- Personal information is kept in your online profile, and organizations only can view the results.
Badminton Ontario has developed a Return to Play document outlining some key factors for PSO tournaments and events amidst the challenges and restrictions brought on by COVID-19.
Click below to take you to the COVID-19 resource page.