Sometimes the player being bullied may be trying to ignore or avoid confrontation, so they do not complain or might even laugh it off.
A vast majority of SafeSport reports to USA Hockey involve bullying either by a coach or by a teammate. Distinguishing between behavior that is just plain mean or rude and actual bullying can be difficult. The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook has comprehensive information to use as a guide. However, sometimes more perspective is needed to make a good determination. These resources have been assembled to help in those instances.
Bullying affects everyone involved. Whether the child is the target, a witness, or the person who bullies, the end-result is that everyone feels less safe – vulnerable, compromised and nervous. It is important coaches are able to recognize and manage negative behaviors or issues that arise on your team.
What is Bullying? A Quick Guide:
Rude = accidentally saying or doing something hurtful.
Mean = saying or doing something to hurt a person on purpose, once or maybe twice.
Bullying = cruel behavior, done on purpose and repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power
How can you deter and mitigate bullying?
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