Coaches of Canada – Code of Conduct

Coaches of Canada Code of Ethics

Anti-Doping Policy

Domestic anti-doping is administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). Please visit the CCES website for more information on the Substance Classification Booklet, Therapuetic Use Exemptions, CCES Whereabouts Program and ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System) as well as various forms and downloads available from the CCES.

International anti-doping for goalball is administered by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) through the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Please visit the IBSA Website and the WADA website for more information on the WADA Prohibited List and IBSA Therapeutic Use Exemption, as well as various forms and downloads available from IBSA.

Canadian Blind Sports has adopted the Canadian Anti-Doping Program as the anti-doping policy and regulations of the organization.

Policy: Appeals
Effective Date: March 8, 2012


Any member of a Canadian Blind Sports Association sponsored team (Team Member), who is affected by a decision of the Board, or any Committee of the Board, or of any body or individual who has been delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board shall have the right to appeal that decision. No right of appeal exists for any employee or contractor of CBSA to appeal any matters related to the terms of their employment or service under their contract with CBSA.


1) Team Members who wish to appeal a decision shall have ten (10) days from the date on which they received notice of the decision, to submit written notice of their intention to appeal, along with detailed reasons for the appeal, to the President of the Association. Should the President of the Association be named in the appeal, the appeal shall be directed to the Vice President.

2) An appeal may only be heard if there are sufficient grounds for the appeal. Sufficient grounds include the respondent(s):
(a) making a decision for which it did not have authority or jurisdiction as set out in governing documents;
(b) failing to follow procedures as laid out in the bylaws or approved policies of the Association;
(c) making a decision which was influenced by bias;
(d) failing to consider relevant information or taking into account irrelevant information in making the decision;
(e) exercising its discretion for an improper purpose; and or
(f) making a decision which was unreasonable.

3) Within ten (10) days of receiving notice of an appeal, the person(s)
named in the appeal shall file a response with the President or his/her
designate. The President or his/her designate in turn will provide a
copy of the response to the Appellant.

4) Within ten (10) days of receiving notice of an appeal, (or receiveing the
response the President (or designate) shall appoint three persons to
constitute a Tribunal, in accordance with the following:
(a) The Tribunal shall be comprised of Team Members in good standing of any of CBSA’s member organizations who shall have no significant relationship with the appellant, shall have had no involvement with the decision being appealed, and shall be free from actual or perceived bias or conflict.
(b) At least one of the Tribunal members shall be from among the appellant’s peers (for example, if the appellant is an athlete one Tribunal member shall be an athlete; if the appellant is a coach one Tribunal member shall be a coach, etc.)
(c) In appointing the Tribunal, consideration shall be given to the geographic location of the appellant, respondent and Tribunal members, in order to minimize the inconvenience and expense to all parties.
(d) The appellant shall be given an opportunity to recommend one of the Tribunal members, provided the member satisfies criteria (a) and (c) above.

5) Within 7 days of its appointment, the Tribunal shall review the notice of appeal and reasons for the appeal and shall decide whether or not there are sufficient grounds for an appeal. This decision is discretionary and may not be appealed.

6) If the Tribunal is satisfied that there are not sufficient grounds for an appeal, it shall notify the appellant of this decision in writing stating reasons. If the Tribunal is satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for an appeal, it shall conduct a Hearing.

7) If the Tribunal conducts a Hearing, it shall govern the Hearing by such procedures as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, provided that
(a) The hearing shall be held within twenty-one (21) days of the Tribunal’s appointment;
(b) The appellant and respondent shall be given ten (10) days written notice of the day, time and place of the Hearing;
(c) Tribunal members shall select from themselves a Chairperson;
(d) A quorum shall be all three tribunal members;
(e) Decisions shall be by majority vote;
(f) Copies of any written documents which either the appellant or respondent wish to have the Tribunal consider shall be provided to all parties at least 2 days in advance of the Hearing;
(g) Both the appellant and respondent may be accompanied by a representative or adviser, including legal counsel;
(h) The Tribunal may request that any other individual participate and give evidence at the hearing.

8) In order to keep costs to a reasonable level, the Tribunal may conduct the Hearing by means of a conference call or video conference.

9). Within 3 days of concluding the Hearing, the Tribunal shall issue its written decision, with reasons. The Tribunal may decide:
(a) To void, vary or confirm the decision being appealed;
(b) To make any decision it feels the respondent should have made;
(c) To refer the matter back to the respondent for a new decision, correcting any errors that were made; and/or
(d) To determine how costs of the appeal shall be allocated.
A copy of this decision shall be provided to the appellant, the respondent and the President (or designate) of the Association.

10). If the circumstances of the dispute are such that this policy will not allow a timely appeal, the President (or designate) may direct that these timelines be shortened. Should this be the case, the appellant, respondent and members of the Tribunal will make every reasonable effort to comply with the revised timelines in order to conclude the appeal in a timely manner.

11). If the circumstances of the dispute are such that an appeal cannot be concluded within the timelines of this policy, the President (or designate) may seek agreement from the appellant and respondent to extend the timelines.

12) The appellant shall have the right to decline a Hearing in favour of a documentary review. Should this be the case, the Tribunal shall request both appellant and respondent to provide written submissions, upon which the Tribunal shall make its decision. The Tribunal may direct such timelines as it deems appropriate in the circumstances in order to conclude the appeal in a timely manner.

13) The decision of the Tribunal shall be final and binding, and not open to any further appeal or intervention by any court. Any appellant who is dissatisfied with the resolution of their appeal under this policy may initiate proceedings under the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). All proceedings before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada shall be conducted under the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code or such successor policies as Sport Canada may create from time to time. The SDRCC policy is found at:


This policy shall not apply to matters relating to the Athlete Assistance Program, which has its own appeal procedures, or to matters relating to personnel or staffing or the Rules of the Games, which may not be appealed.