Member Types

True Sport members are grouped into 10 types to allow members to connect more easily with their peers and collaborate on ways to bring the True Sport Principles to life.


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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.


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declared athletes

A True Sport athlete exemplifies the True Sport Principles, both on and off the field of play.
They compete in any sport, at any level. A True Sport athlete shares the common desire to experience the best that sport has to offer, and they inspire others with their passion for good sport. By reinforcing the positive power of sport and the True Sport Principles in their words and actions, on and off the playing field, athletes can inspire, champion, and give back, closing the gap between the sport we have and the sport we want.


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declared citizens

Canadians that have a passion for good sport are True Sport citizens — parents, teachers, 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 coaches

True Sport coaches not only share their technical and tactical expertise to develop skills; they can also use their influence to foster positive sport experiences that instill character in 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 can live the True Sport Principles. True Sport resources enable communities to use good sport intentionally to create fair, inclusive, fun sport environments that support the pursuit of personal excellence. Their citizens believe that good sport can make a great difference.


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declared facilities

True Sport facilities are unique because they offer participants and spectators the opportunity to share in True Sport by providing safe and rewarding environments for all who come to play and watch. They set the tone for sport experiences that are fair, inclusive, fun, and support the pursuit of personal excellence in safe and welcoming environments.


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declared officials

A sport official is any person who acts in a sport contest, such as an umpire, referee, or judge . They administer the rules of a game or sport, ensure the rules or laws are adhered to, and arbitrate on matters arising from the play, race, or event. Because of the nature of their role, they preside over the sport with a strong moral and ethical code. By declaring as a True Sport member, officials reinforce their commitment to fostering sport environments that are fair, inclusive, and fun and allow for the pursuit of personal excellence.

Sport Organizations

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declared sport organizations

True Sport organizations of all sizes use the True Sport Principles to promote participation and develop policies and plans that create fair, inclusive, and fun sport environments that allow for the pursuit of personal excellence. Sport organizations are divided into these sub-groups:

  • National and 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 recreation centre-based organizations, private clubs, or teams. TIn all cases, the role of theise organizations may is to provide structured coaching, officiating, training, and competition for athletes.
  • Tournaments/Events, Leagues, Districts and Sport Councils
    • Leagues: an association of sport 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.
    • Tournaments and Events: competitions involving many competitors, all participating in a sport or game over a relatively short time interval (e.g., a swim meet, softball tournament, Canada Games, Arctic Winter Games). They are a great place to experience the joy of a positive sport experience.
    • Districts and Sport Councils: non-profit, volunteer-directed organizations that provide leadership for sport through community development, advocacy, partnerships, funding support and program planning (e.g., Ottawa Sport Council), or are the governing body for a sport in a geographic region.


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declared schools

True Sport schools host students and staff that are committed to the True Sport Principles and believe that good sport can make a great difference. By using sport intentionally to promote physical activity and participation , schools are taking steps towards fair, inclusive, and fun sport experiences that support personal excellence . Students and staff alike can use True Sport tools and resources to encourage a positive school sport culture.


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declared teams

Any team can be a True Sport team! A little league baseball team, recreational hockey team, competitive soccer team, high school basketball team or even a Canadian national team. Teams adhere to the True Sport Principles on and off the field of play to achieve personal and athletic excellence and social responsibility.