The first step in preventing incidents is mitigating risk. Clubs are encouraged to act proactively to minimize risk and empower their staff to ensure that the appropriate training, progressions, and processes are in place. Examples include NCCP coaching certification, lesson planning, athlete development plans, emergency action plans, accident reporting procedures, safety checks, etc.
The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) understands that some incidents are merely accidents and may inevitably occur despite all the appropriate steps being implemented.
However, the initiative must be taken to correct behaviours that can be changed to prevent future incidents from occurring.
Clubs must take reasonable steps to ensure that their business is operated in an appropriate manner, as there are numerous areas to consider when operating safe and quality programs.
Although it is not an exhaustive list, AGF recommends at a base level that clubs ensure: