True Sport Principles

Why do the True Sport Principles matter?

They help us build the sport we want!

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

Rise to the challenge always strive for excellence. Discover how good you can be.

Play Fair

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

Respect Others

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

Keep It Fun

Find the joy of sport. Keep a positive attitude both on and off the field of play.

Stay Healthy

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

Include Everyone

Share sport with others. Ensure everyone has a place to play.

Give Back

Find ways to show your appreciation for the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.

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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