Introduction to eSports

Whether or not you believe that eSports, or competitive video gaming, is a real sport or that gamers are athletes, its popularity and how it is being developed within the sport industry can not be ignored. For some amateur sport organizations, eSports may be seen as a competitor to traditional sports. However, it may also be an opportunity, particularly for multi-sport organizations like...Read more

Pushing for a multi-sport approach to kids’ sport and activity

We know that today’s kids face a myriad of obstacles to getting active and developing physical literacy. From obsession with smartphones and video games, to increasing confinement in urban spaces, kids today are facing challenges that most of their parents never had to confront. As a consequence, for better or for worse, organized sport and activity has become the main venue for many kids to...Read more

Creating a Safer Sport Environment with Ethics and Respect Training

This is the final blog of a 3-part series providing tools and resources to strengthen safety and ethical values in sport by introducing the Responsible Coaching Movement . If this is your first visit to this blog series, considering taking a few minutes to read the other two posts – links are provided below. The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is coordinated by the Coaching Association of...Read more

Lessons from the Start Line – Applying Sport Experiences to a Future Career as a First Responder

I was born in 1995 which means I fall under the very prestigious title of a millennial. Not only are we known for the extensive technological integration into our lives, but also for our high unemployment rates and decreased job satisfaction. This pushes many to stay at home with their parents and continue post-secondary education to improve our job prospects. I definitely felt this pressure in...Read more

Engaging Alumni

Alumni are the heart of any sport organization and have the passion, experience and drive to champion the growth of the sport they love - if they are authentically engaged. It is not uncommon for former athletes to feel disenfranchised from their club, federation, university, association, or sports organization – a sentiment that can be reversed with concerted and strategic effort. Whether your...Read more

Creating a Safer Sport Environment with Background Screening

This is the second installment of a 3-part blog series providing tools and resources to strengthen safety and ethical values in sport by introducing the Responsible Coaching Movement . In Blog #1, we focused on the importance of the Rule of Two . In this installment, we’ll turn our attention to another key area of the Responsible Coaching Movement - Background Screening. Be on the lookout for the...Read more

Children’s influence on adult fandom of amateur sport

Research shows sport fandom being developed within families usually from a top-down approach. This is typically in the form of parents, in particular fathers, directly influencing their children’s sport fan choices through various socializing activities, including watching games together on television, taking them to a game in person, purchasing fan merchandise, or teaching them the rules and...Read more

Cycle Commuting: A Panacea for the Physical and Mental Health of Canadians?

Interest in cycle commuting is growing. According to the 2016 census, the number of cycle commuters in Canada increased by 61.6% between 1996 and 2016 (87.9% in census metropolitan areas, those with a population of 100,000 or more) (Statistics Canada, 2017a & 2017b). However, this represents only 1.4% of commuters, leaving ample room for improvement. Research published in the British Medical...Read more

Thinking about Reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated annually since 1996. It is intended as a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day coincides with the summer solstice, a time when many Indigenous communities have celebrations due to the...Read more

Creating a Safer Sport Environment with the Rule of Two

Creating a healthy and safe sport environment, both on and off the field of play, will benefit all participants. Whether you’re a coach, administrator or parent, we all have a role to play in making sport a fun and rewarding experience. This three-part blog series will provide tools and resources to strengthen safety and ethical values in sport by introducing the Responsible Coaching Movement (...Read more