Rolla Skate Club Gender Inclusion Policy & Practices

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Sport inclusion is a fundamental value for Rolla Skate Club and a True Sport principle. We also recognize that having a more diverse organization will only strengthen our sport. As a result, our organization is fully committed to providing a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all of our participants, members and staff regardless of any differences based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability.

Rolla Skate Club recognizes that discrimination, prejudice and victimization on the basis of personal attributes, including gender identity and expression, is a violation of human rights and will not be tolerated. Our organization is fully committed to putting in place policies and practices that ensure trans identities are able to participate in a safe, supportive and respectful environment in our sport.

Definitions: These essential terms are defined as follows:

  • Sex: The classification of people as male, female or intersex. Sex is usually assigned at birth and is based on an assessment of a person’s reproductive system, hormones, chromosomes and other physical characteristics, most notably by external genitalia.
  • *Gender identity: A person’s innermost sense of their own gender. This can include man, woman, both, neither or something else entirely. Gender also refers to a variety of social and behavioural characteristics (e.g. appearance, mannerisms). There are lots of words people may use to talk about their gender identity and expression.
  • *Gender expression: The way an individual communicates their gender identity to others. This is done through behaviour, body language, voice, emphasis or de-emphasis of bodily characteristics, choice of clothing, hairstyle, and wearing make-up and/or accessories. The traits and behaviours associated with masculinity and femininity are culturally specific and change over time.
  • *Gender binary: A social system whereby people are thought to have either one of two genders: man or woman. These genders are expected to correspond to sex assigned at birth: male or female. In the gender binary system, there is no room for diversity outside of man or woman, for living between genders or for crossing the binary. The gender binary system is rigid and restrictive for many people who feel that their natal sex (sex they were labelled with at birth) does not match up with their gender or that their gender is fluid and not fixed.
  • *Cisgender: A term to describe a person whose gender identity corresponds with their birth-assigned sex (e.g. someone whose gender identity is man and was assigned male at birth).
  • LGBTQI2S: An umbrella acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and two-spirit. Other acronyms commonly used are LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ2.
  • Trans: An umbrella term that describes people with diverse gender identities and gender expressions that do not conform to stereotypical ideas about what it means to be a girl/woman or boy/man in society. It includes but is not limited to people who identify as transgender, transsexual, cross dressers (adjective) or gender non-conforming (gender diverse or genderqueer).
  • *Two-spirit: An English umbrella term used by some indigenous people rather than, or in addition to, identifying as LGBTQ. This term affirms the interrelatedness of all aspects of identity – including gender, sexuality, community, culture, and spirituality.
  • *Sexual orientation: Sexual orientation describes human sexuality, from gay and lesbian to bisexual and heterosexual orientations. A person’s gender identity is fundamentally different from and not related to their sexual orientation. Because a person identifies as trans does not predict or reveal anything about their sexual orientation. A trans person may identify as gay, lesbian, queer, straight, or bisexual.

Scope and Application: This policy and practice guidance applies to Rolla Skate Club as follows:

  • It shall be binding on the Board of Directors,
  • It shall be binding on all staff, including managers and supervisors; full-time, part-time or casual, temporary or permanent staff,
  • It shall inform all aspects of employment, recruitment and selection; conditions and benefits; training and promotion; task allocation; shifts; hours; toilet arrangements, workload; workplace environment; equipment and transport,
  • It shall be binding on all volunteers and interns acting in their designated capacity with our organization, for example, as a member of a formal Committee or ad hoc working group, or at a specific sporting event provided the volunteer or intern has expressly agreed to become subject to it,
  • It shall inform all aspects of participation in our sport and training, including team selection and participation, membership, and service delivery (such as providing coaching services to individuals),
  • It shall be applicable whether the individual is on-site, off-site or performing after-hours work; at work-related social functions or at conferences – wherever staff or volunteers or interns may be as a result of their duties, and
  • It shall govern the treatment of other staff, members (including athletes, coaches and officials), clients and the public encountered in the provision of services and other organizational duties.

Guiding Principles – Rolla Skate Club was guided by the following principles in developing our policy and practice guidance on trans inclusion in our sport:

  • People of trans identities should have equal opportunities to participate in our sport and strive for excellence at all levels and in all capacities.
  • Policies governing participation of trans identities should nurture fair play, honesty and respect, and integrity.
  • Policies governing participation of trans identities in our sport should embrace diversity and inclusion, resulting in a positive sporting experience, free of discrimination or harassment based on gender identity and expression.
  • Participation in our sport should celebrate differences and focus on the benefits and the joy of sport.
  • Policies governing the participation of trans people, particularly for our athletes, should be evidence-based, recognize the necessity to protect the privacy rights of trans individuals, and strive to prevent physical, emotional and mental harm.
  • Policies governing the participation of trans people should foster access and equitable participation for all participants.
  • Practices that encourage understanding and support people of trans identities need to be enhanced to acknowledge the challenges and recognize the value of advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

Using Chosen Names and Pronouns: We will make every effort to learn and use the chosen name and pronouns of our staff and members. We recognize that failing to respect an individual’s gender identity or expression by continuing to use either an incorrect name (deadnaming, e.g., deliberately using their past name instead of their new name), or incorrect chosen pronouns (misgendering, e.g., using he instead of she or other chosen pronouns such as they) is discriminatory and will not be tolerated.

Safeguarding an Individual’s Right to Privacy and Confidentiality: Rolla Skate Club recognizes the privacy rights of all our members. We will only ask for information about gender from our staff and members when it is critical to the services or programs, in a manner that is inclusive, and for which there are no consequences for abstaining. We will respect and safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of any staff or member who is trans, recognizing that failing to do so may place that individual at risk.

Use of Toilets, Change Rooms and other Facilities: Rolla Skate Club is committed to providing staff and members who identify as trans with safe access and use of toilets, change room and other facilities in accordance with their gender identity or gender expression. We will seek to do so in a discreet, confidential and sensitive manner that does not reveal an individual’s trans identity or expression and respects their choices. We will also work with other teams and host organizations to ensure respectful treatment of any staff or member who identify as trans by their coaches, officials, spectators and the media.

Gender Inclusive Attire and Images: We will ensure that our dress codes for all staff and members, including team uniforms on and off the field of play, respect an individual’s gender identity and expression. The images that we use in our written, video and online materials will reflect the diversity of our staff and members.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Events Under Our Jurisdiction: Participants in Rolla Skate Club’s events under our jurisdiction are able to participate in the gender category in which they identify. Individuals who identify as a girl or woman are eligible to compete on girls’, women’s, and mixed teams for such events. Individuals who identify as a boy or a man are eligible to compete on boys’ or men’s and mixed teams for such events. All identifications of gender identity or expression by our athletes are believed to be made in good faith and do not require further disclosure or documentation.

Canadian Anti Doping Program Requirements: Rolla Skate Club encourages trans athletes to seek information regarding the status of any medications they are using to determine their Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) requirements for the use of prohibited medications, and to ensure compliance with the CADP and World Anti-Doping Code requirements where necessary. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport provides assistance to all athletes with these aforementioned tasks.

Hosting Guidelines: When submitting a bid to host an event to Rolla Skate Club, potential hosts are required to indicate what changing areas, toilets and showers are available, including private, separate changing, showering, and toilet facilities should these be requested by a trans participant. Potential hosts that do not have these facilities in place would not be excluded from consideration as an event host. However, in the event that a host is selected where these requirements are not met, the host organization would be expected to work with Rolla Skate Club to provide comparable accommodations.

Resolving Gender Identity and Expression Issues:

Any staff or member of Rolla Skate Club who feels they have been discriminated against, bullied or harassed, sexually harassed, vilified or victimized based on gender identity or expression is strongly encouraged to take appropriate action by contacting staff or management.

Any staff or member of Rolla Skate Club who witnesses an individual being discriminated against, bullied or harassed, sexually harassed, vilified or victimized based on gender identity or expression have a responsibility to take appropriate action by contacting staff or management.

Management reserves the right to revoke the membership of any member who fails to comply with this policy and its practices. Management’s decision will be final.

Commitment to Education: Rolla Skate Club is committed to educating our staff and members on the importance of trans inclusion, and what this looks like in the way of practices, policies, procedures and norms of behavior.

More Information: Any individual wishing to obtain more information about Rolla Skate Club’s trans inclusion policy, is invited to contact Rolla Skate Club at hello@RollaSkateClub.com

Policy Approval: This gender inclusion policy was approved on November 15, 2018 by these individuals: Lucy Croysdill, Director; Carla Smith, Director.