Unfortunately, bullying is not uncommon. Over 70 percent of teens report seeing some kind of bullying in their schools, and 30 percent admit to having taken part in bullying.
Defined as intentionally using verbal or physical means to intimidate or harm, more simply bullying is repeatedly hurting someone else’s body or feelings on purpose. Recent events at schools in New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania remind us that bullying and hazing remain serious concerns in the world of youth sport.
As a coach, you are one of the single biggest influences in your athletes’ lives. In many ways, ending bullying behavior begins and ends with you. Here are nine ways to both prevent and stop bullying on your team: