Member Types

True Sport members are grouped into nine types to ensure their diverse needs are taken into account.


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declared coaches

True Sport coaches not only share their technical and tactical sport expertise to develop skills; they also have an opportunity to use their influence to foster positive sport experiences that can instill character in our kids. By joining True Sport, coaches can communicate their commitment to values-based sport and their belief that good sport can make a great difference.


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declared communities

From municipalities to cities to towns and villages, communities of any size across the country can live the True Sport Principles. Members of a True Sport community believe that good sport can make a great difference. True Sport resources will enable communities to use good sport intentionally to create a fair, inclusive, fun sport environment that allows for the pursuit of personal excellence.

Sport Organizations

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declared sport organizations

True Sport is powered by Canadian sport organizations who share a commitment to the belief that good sport can make a great difference. True Sport organizations, of any size, use the True Sport Principles to promote positive athletic participation; and develop policies and plans that create a fair, inclusive, fun sport environment that allows for the pursuit of personal excellence. Sport organizations can be divided into multiple sub-groups:

  • National or Provincial-Level Sport Organisations:
  • Local Sport Organizations, Clubs and Associations (LSO): These organizations deal with sport on the local level and might include municipal leagues, community centre-based organizations, private clubs or teams. In all cases, the role of this organization is to provide structured coaching, officiating, training and competition for athletes.
  • Tournaments/Events, Leagues, Districts and Sport Councils
    • Leagues: an association of sports clubs or teams that compete with each other. They can encompass a variety of teams or clubs within a geographic region or individual club, e.g., the National Ringette League (national scope), the Ottawa Competitive Volleyball League (regional scope) and Delta Boys House League (community scope).
    • Tournaments/Events: are at the very heart of True Sport – the places where sport is played, lived and enjoyed. They are competitions involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or gameover a relatively short time interval (Canada Games, World Cup of Soccer).
    • Districts and Sport Councils: are non-profit, volunteer directed organizations which provide leadership for sport through community development, advocacy, partnerships, funding support and program planning (e.g., Saskatoon Sport Council) or are the governing body for a sport in a geographic region.


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declared schools

True Sport is powered by Canadian schools who share belief that sport needs to be done right. When the True Sport Principles are declared in schools, students and staff commit to the belief that good sport can make a great difference. By using sport intentionally to promote positive athletic participation, schools are taking positive steps towards healthy, fair, inclusive and fun sport. The True Sport tools can be used by students and staff alike to help get True Sport off the ground at their school and spread the word about doing sport the right way.


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declared citizens

Canadians that have a passion for good sport are True Sport citizens — parents, teachers, athletes, volunteers and others belong to this group. Combining their passion for good sport and the True Sport Principles, allows these Canadians to make a difference in their communities all on their own.


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declared teams

A team can be a little league baseball team, a recreational hockey team, a competitive soccer team, a high school basketball team or even a national team such as ringette or lacrosse. True Sport is powered by Canadian athletes who share a commitment to the belief that good sport can make a great difference. True Sport tools can be used in conjunction with the True Sport Principles to help teams achieve social and athletic responsibility. By doing it right, True Sport will allow teams to use sport intentionally to transform lives and communities that are healthy, fair, inclusive and fun.


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declared officials

A sport official is any person who acts in a sport contest as an umpire, referee, judge or sport contest officer. They administer the rules of a game or sport, ensure that the rules or laws are adhered to and arbitrate on matters arising from the play or event. Because of the nature of their role as an official, they already preside over a game or sport with a strong moral and ethical code. By declaring as a True Sport member, officials reinforce their commitment to sport that is fair, safe, and open to all Canadians.


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declared facilities

True Sport facilities are truly unique because they offer the opportunity for participants and spectators to share in True Sport. True Sport facilities offer a safe and rewarding environment for all who come to play and watch, setting the tone for a sport experience that is fair, inclusive and fun.


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declared allies

Allies are groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, church groups, local legions or community associations that do not have sport as their driving purpose. Although not sport-oriented, these groups can bring the True Sport Principles to life through their sport activities and other activities and outings.