Safe Sport Training

Bowls Canada has partnered with Respect Group and Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to bring our members the very best in Safe Sport training to ensure a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all of our participants. All Bowls Canada coaches, activity leaders, Directors, staff, national event volunteers, umpires and national committee members are expected to complete one of the two course options below.

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader / Coach Program educates leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14 years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse , harassment and discrimination.  It is an online training that is accessible on your computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices.  Mobile Apps available through the App Store and Google Play allow for the completion of the training even when not connected to the Internet. NCCP Coaches can have the course completion recorded on their Locker transcript through a simple opt-in process at the beginning of the training. Bowls Canada members can access this training here.

The Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) Safe Sport Training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport. It is an online training that is accessible on your computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices and takes approximately one hour to complete. Access this training for free here.


Screening is an important part of keeping all participants safe while participating in bowls activities.  Read more about Bowls Canada’s screening policy here.

Concussion Protocol

Bowls Canada Boulingrin, in collaboration with Parachute Canada (a nationally recognized safety organization), developed the Bowls Concussion Protocol to help guide the management of individuals who may have a suspected concussion while participating in the sport bowls.

While it is recognized that lawn bowls is a low risk sport for sustaining concussions during play, our participants are not immune from head injuries.  Often associated with a severe blow to the head, leading causes also include falls and the sudden jerking motion of the head and neck (whiplash).  This means that a tripping incident at the club or a car accident in the grocery store parking lot could both result in a head injury.

It is important that our coaches and sport leaders understand the signs and symptoms of concussions that may have occurred within and beyond the boundaries of the lawn bowls green.  The Bowls Concussion Education Sheet is an excellent overview and must be reviewed by all activity leaders and coaches at the beginning of each season