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BC Rugby Safe Sport


Safe Sport includes physical and mental well-being, as well as your or your child’s personal safety and inclusion. BC Rugby is committed to leading by example, treating all individuals with respect and consideration, and providing an organisation, community and environment that is welcoming, safe, and supportive for all Individuals to enjoy Rugby.

BC Rugby has a number of policies that, collectively, work to set standards for behaviour and practices that deliver a safe, respectful and fair sporting environment for everyone. To view BC Rugby’s Code of Conduct, and other key policies, visit our Policies page.

Like most sports and recreational activities, Rugby comes with some risk of injury. However, BC Rugby takes direction from World Rugby, seeks evidence-backed strategies on reducing the prevalence of injuries, as well as supply education and support to coaches, referees, and other team staff to manage and avoid risk around player contact in the game.

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Concussion Management

BC Rugby’s Code of Conduct

Helpline for Children

Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Emergency Services

Heat and Smoke Considerations


BC Rugby’s number one priority is player safety and adheres to World Rugby’s policy of ‘Recognise and Remove’ when dealing with concussions or suspected concussions. Any player suspected or suffering from concussion should be immediately removed from the training session or match, and not permitted to return until they have completed a full Return to Play Protocol and cleared by a physician.

If in doubt, sit them out.

During a Rugby game, the Match Official has absolute authority to remove a player if the Match Official suspects is suffering from concussion. However, this is a failsafe protocol, as the responsibility lies with the coach of that player to act in the player’s best interests and remove them from the field.

Recognising Concussion

If any of the following signs or symptoms are present following an injury the player should be suspected of having a concussion and immediately removed from play or training.

Any one or more of the following visual clues indicate a concussion:

  • Dazed, blank or vacant look
  • Lying motionless on ground/slow to get up
  • Unsteady on feet/balance problems or falling over/incoordination
  • Loss of consciousness or responsiveness
  • Confused/not aware of plays or events
  • Grabbing/clutching of head
  • Seizure (fits)
  • More emotional/irritable than normal for that person

Presence of any one or more of the following signs and symptoms may suggest a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Mental clouding, confusion or feeling slowed down
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness/feeling like ‘in a fog’/difficultly concentrating
  • ‘Pressure in head’
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

Anyone on or around the Rugby pitch has a responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of concussion and are encouraged to annually complete World Rugby’s online Concussion Management module to learn more. We also strongly encourage parents, guardians, partners or housemates of Rugby players to complete the online module to be informed.

Concussion App

World Rugby has a Concussion App with all the basics of Concussion Management. Download it now from Google Play or the Apple Store.

Get Medical Help

If you think a head injury might be serious, call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency department right away. For non-emergency information or advice, call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse any time of the day, every day of the year.

All suspected concussions should be diagnosed by a qualified health professional.

Visit HealthLinkBC for more information.

Did you Know?

BC Rugby Membership includes excess medical insurance. This means you can claim out-of-pocket medical expenses relating to a Rugby injury. Visit the Player & Parents Resources page for details on how to make a claim.

Concussion Resources

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World Rugby Concussion Protocol for General Public

Click for more information on World Rugby's Concussion Protocol for General Public.

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World Rugby – Rugby Ready

Learn more about the World Rugby – Rugby Ready course.

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Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Find out more information on the Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool.


HealthLinkBC Concussion Information

Click for HealthLinkBC Concussion Information.

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SportMedBC Practitioner Directory

Click for the SportMedBC Practitioner Directory.

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Resources for Health Professionals

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World Rugby Concussion Module for Doctors & Healthcare Professionals

Click for the World Rugby Concussion Module for Doctors & Healthcare Professionals.

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The BC Rugby Code of Conduct aims to provide a safe, positive, and inclusive environment within BC Rugby and all of BC Rugby’s programs, competitions, events, and activities. All Individual Members and Member Organisations are beholden to this Code of Conduct and its key principles of safety, integrity, respect and inclusion for all.

Breaches and complaints concerning a violation or breach of the BC Rugby Code of Conduct must be submitted in writing to either the Chair of the Discipline Committee, the CEO or the President of BC Rugby.

All complaints are taken seriously, and the BC Rugby Discipline Committee have the authority to suspend or expel individuals and organisations from further participation in the sport.

If you have a complaint, we strongly encourage that you follow the procedures as outlaid in the Code of Conduct. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a Staff Member or Director of BC Rugby to raise your concerns.


If you are a child or youth and would like to talk to someone call the BC Helpline for Children for free at 310-1234. There is no cost to call this number.

You do not need an area code. You can call at any time of the day or night and you do not have to give your name.


Child Abuse

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker.

Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night.


Are you aware of a suspected incident of abuse, harassment or discrimination in Canadian sport? Do you have questions and/or concerns about this incident? Your best point of contact is the Canadian Sport Helpline who can provide assistance, advice and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately under the circumstances.

If your concern is a possible breach of BC Rugby’s Code of Conduct, we strongly encourage that you follow the procedures as outlaid in the Code of Conduct. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a Staff Member or Director of BC Rugby to raise your concerns.


If you believe any person or child is in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1

If you think an injury might be serious, call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency department right away. For non-emergency information or advice, call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse any time of the day, every day of the year.


Please keep an eye on your local conditions and refer to the following guidance:

HEAT: World Rugby’s Heat Guidelines indicates that 30 degrees Celsius is the top of acceptable temperature levels for outdoor physical activities

AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) provides hourly air quality readings and related health messages. Visit the BC Government website regularly to check if the air quality is safe for strenuous outdoor activities in your area.