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Bullying & Hazing In Youth Sports
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Coaches You Can Prevent Bullying in Youth Sports

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Some coaches tolerate bullying by older or more prominent athletes on the team. “Boys will be boys” is their attitude, and we should add that “girls will be girls” because hazing is common among girls, although less so than with boys. But even mild bullying may result in unseen but substantial harm to the victim.

Bullying often leads to depression when a victim can’t see a way out, and depression can lead to suicide in extreme cases. As a coach of character you must have zero tolerance for any bullying on your team.

You should also have no tolerance for hazing. After decades of darkness, hazing of athletes by athletes is being recognized as serious misbehavior. In the past, coaches often saw hazing as part of a ritual to build team cohesiveness, and condoned or even encouraged such practices. But hazing is contrary to the moral values of the Athletes’ Character Code.

As a coach you should recognize subtle and outrageous hazing practices for what they are—the mistreatment of fellow human beings. Incidents such as the following are demanding that coaches take an active role in preventing hazing:

• New York—Four members of a high school football team sodomized members of the junior varsity. The players were charged with a crime, and the coaches were fired.
• California—The senior girls of a high school soccer team forced four freshman girls to drink alcohol until the girls vomited or collapsed.
• New Jersey—Freshman soccer players were abused physically and thrown in the mud as part of an annual hazing event. The head coach and two assistants were dismissed because they allowed it to happen.
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