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If your children are dealing with bullying in sports, here are some things you can do to help bring an end to the situation. Learn everything you can about bullying. Start by reading about the different types of bullies, the risk factors for becoming a bully. Be supportive and listen to a child’s feelings without judgment, criticism, or blame.

Don’t minimize the child’s feelings or tell the child that he or she should simply ignore or shrug off the bullying Try to find out if your child is doing anything to evoke negative responses and dislike from. Dealing With Bullying On Youth Sports Teams. Bullying is an epidemic in our society today.

And it’s especially a problem in sports. A recent survey of 22,000 high school students across the U.S. found that 48 percent of the respondents had been targets of hazing–a form of bullying in which kids are humiliated or required to take part in dangerous activities. 5 Ways to Deal With Bullying on Your Youth Sports Team Set the Tone.

Start the season off by detailing your expectations when it comes to behavior. Tell the kids that you Be an Example. Kids often mimic the behavior of the adults in their lives. Almost everyone has seen a coach who shouts.

What Can You Do To Prevent Bullying In Youth Sports? 1. Establish a zero tolerance policy. What starts out as a joke can easily turn into a cruel insult. At the beginning 2. Recognize that you have the right to step in. As the adult, you have the right and the responsibility to step in if 3. Empower your child.

Provide them with toolsets for dealing with bullying like walking away, telling them to stop or speaking to the coach. Speak to the coaches. The coaches can’t see everything and you might need to inform them that bullying is occurring for them to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Young athletes may be bullied by adults, as well as peers.

Youth coaches often yell at, tease, humiliate and intimidate kids. Bullying is a sure-fire way to hurt young athletes’ confidence and enjoyment of sports. Standing up to Bullying in Sports Know the Signs of Bullying in Sports.

Are you concerned that something might be going on with your child or his team?.. Talk to Your Child About Bullying. Ask your child to tell you more about any incidents he’s mentioned, or say that Take Action Against. Female Bullying in Youth Sports. Girls and women in sports like to focus on relationships, while boys and men are less likely to do this, says Joan Steidinger, author of “Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete.”.

But while focusing on relationships has many pluses—kids who do this are likely to be good team players, for. To help prevent bullying in its youth sports program, the Town of Jupiter, along with the Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association, is offering bullying prevention training developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). “We want to foster a safe and fun environment for all of our program participants,” Benton said.

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• Talk to the coach and other parents and find out whether this particular team is one on which your son doesn’t have to worry about being “the best” or even necessarily about winning.

“The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life” by Michael Gurian, Kathy Stevens
from The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life
by Michael Gurian, Kathy Stevens
Wiley, 2010

If you’re having problems with a child bullying others, speak with him away from the team and let him know he needs to change his behavior immediately.

“Coaching Football For Dummies” by The National Alliance of Youth Sports, Greg Bach
from Coaching Football For Dummies
by The National Alliance of Youth Sports, Greg Bach
Wiley, 2011

The National Standards for Youth Sports, established by this same organization, does not specifically address bullying.

“Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice” by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Law and Justice, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Committee on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention, Suzanne Le Menestrel, Frederick Rivara
from Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice
by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division, et. al.
National Academies Press, 2016

If the child is making fun of his teammates, remind him that he has to encourage and support them instead to help make the team stronger and to help them perform better.

“Coaching Volleyball For Dummies” by The National Alliance For Youth Sports
from Coaching Volleyball For Dummies
by The National Alliance For Youth Sports
Wiley, 2009

As a coach, you must be aware of this; dealing with child athletes is very different from dealing with adults, not only because of the child’s physical immaturity but also because of their emotional and psychological needs.

“Coaching Children in Sport” by Ian Stafford
from Coaching Children in Sport
by Ian Stafford
Taylor & Francis, 2011

Point out to your team that the coach’s antics are unacceptable, and challenge them to rise above this type of behavior and play hard while being good sports.

“Coaching Basketball For Dummies” by The National Alliance For Youth Sports, Greg Bach
from Coaching Basketball For Dummies
by The National Alliance For Youth Sports, Greg Bach
Wiley, 2011

Explain to the director that the offending coach is setting a poor example for the kids on his team and that without a change in demeanor, he shouldn’t be coaching in a youth baseball league.

“Coaching Baseball For Dummies” by The National Alliance For Youth Sports, Greg Bach
from Coaching Baseball For Dummies
by The National Alliance For Youth Sports, Greg Bach
Wiley, 2011

My Experience I sit on the boards of a number of youth sports organizations and invariably, at least once a year at a meeting, a well-known hothead will complain about the need to control the parents at a game.

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from How to Be Funny: The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (no kidding)
by Jon Macks
Simon & Schuster, 2010

It is up to us as sports psychologists, therapists, or coaches to stop parents at these times and rectify the situation.

“Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Play-Based Interventions” by Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S
from Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Play-Based Interventions
by Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

If a parent is persistently negative, then I, as coach, ask that parent to quit attending games.

“Bring Your
from Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness
by Jennifer L. Etnier
University of North Carolina Press, 2009

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  • Is there a way I can get in contact with you so you can help me with my football teammates its 29 of 34 of them are doing it and the coach can’t stop it

  • I usually agree 100% with your videos but in this case, the best answer is surely to find a new team. That’s not normal or acceptable in any way. If you can’t do that because it’s a high school team or something like that, then absolutely go over the coach to the principal.

  • “Often” a player will bully a teammate(s) because the team’s coach is the first bully. It will be seen as ok because the coach also bullies or treats certain teammates poorly, in comparison to other players on the same team.

  • Amazing video skillz. Skillz I want to ask you a question can a freshman be in varsity without joining jv first? Because I’m every good and I think I can make it but alot of people are saying that you have to be in jv first than the couch will put me in varsity. By the way I love your video and keep it up.