True Sport Principles

Why do the True Sport Principles matter? They help us build the sport we want!

Principles Poster

The True Sport Principles express an approach to sport that the vast majority of Canadians already believe in and practice. Although widely embraced, these principles often go unspoken. So when they are violated — when people’s attitudes and actions  threaten healthy and respectful competition — supporters of good sport can be caught off guard, unsure how to stand up for the sport they believe in.

The True Sport Principles are a rallying point for True Sport members — they are universal. The principles can be brought to life in any sport at any level, from playground to podium. An Olympic rowing squad can embrace these principles with the same sense of pride and purpose as an elementary school, an old-timers' league, or a community hockey arena.

For sport to be truly good and have the opportunity to make the greatest difference, all seven of these principles need to be in play at all times, working in perfect balance with one another.


Go for It

Always strive for excellence and rise to the challenge, but never at the expense of others. Discover how good you can be.

Play Fair

Play honestly and obey the rules, in letter and spirit. Winning is only meaningful when competition is fair.

Respect Others

Show respect for everyone involved in creating a sporting experience, both on the field and off. Win with dignity and lose with grace.

Keep it Fun

Find the joy of sport and have a good time. Keep a positive attitude and look to make a positive difference, on the field and in your community.

Stay Healthy

Place physical and mental health above all other considerations and avoid unsafe activities. Respect your body and keep in shape.

Include Everyone

Share sport with others, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability. Invite everyone into sport to make it more meaningful for the whole community.

Give Back

Always remember the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible. Find ways to show your appreciation and help others get the most out of sport.


Display the True Sport Principles:

  • Use the text below on your website or in your event program.
  • Print the PDF posters below to hang in the locker room. 
  • Order a full-size vinyl banner for your entire group to sign and hang with pride.

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