I’m a Coach- Now What? – Understanding Your Legal Obligations

This session will focus on the legal duty of coaches. The presenters will explain what Canadian statutes and common law say about the coach’s standard of care, using case law examples. The session will discuss legal and ethical issues arising from the coach-participant relationship, and participants will learn about strategies, such as screening, to be used by organizations to ensure this duty is fulfilled. Participants will gain a better understanding of the inherent power in the coach-athlete relationship and will be better equipped to exercise this power with the utmost care. Furthermore, participants will learn about the legal requirements of screening and screening policies.

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About the Speaker

Steve began his career with the Sport Law & Strategy Group in 2003 immediately after being called to the bar as a lawyer. In fewer than ten years, Steve has worked with over 400 national, provincial, and local sport organizations to provide consulting and legal services related to governance, employment, contracts, policies, disputes, and privacy. He is a regular guest speaker and presenter at AGMs, conferences, and workshops, and has also acted as an adjudicator.

Steve graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors of Recreation degree and a successful five-year career as varsity athlete in swimming. Steve attended three CIS National Championships, was named the CIS athlete of the month, and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials. He continues to be involved in swimming as a master’s swimmer (Canadian Masters Swimming medalist) and a coach at the Vaughan Aquatic Club. Steve was inducted into the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.