Preventing Bullying: How Coaches Can Lead The Way

  • November 09, 2020

According to recent statistics, 47 percent of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying. In sports, there can be a fine line between competitive play and bullying that is often mistaken. Coaches can play a vital role in bullying prevention through role modelling and setting behaviour expectations that value team support and respect over winning at all costs.

In this webinar, Lisa Dixon-Well, founder of Dare to Care, will help coaches to develop a common language around bullying behaviour, be better equipped in the early identification of players that are being targeted, and learn how to take a no-nonsense approach to deal with players or parents who are using bullying tactics.

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Coach Responses

What expectations or ground-rules do you implement to combat bullying within your team(s)?

Share your tips and best practices!

Catherine Kerr – Deep River – Soccer

“From the first swim practice, the swimmers are told the expectations re their conduct and the coaches conduct. This is again shared at the parent’s meeting plus the expectation of parents. every problem is followed up immediately.”

Peter Menyasz – Nepean – Soccer

“I talk to my players about making respect for others, and doing no harm to the team (and teammates) as the basis for their behaviour. Going forward, though, I’ll specifically talk about bullying – what it means and how it will be addressed.”

Robert Devine – Windsor – Golf

“As a parent coach in one of the sports I coach, I have zero tolerance for in-person, and/or cyber bullying. It has led to suspensions, also removal from the team. I do this because it also affects the friendship that my daughter has with these kids, and some of these players come to my house on a daily basis.”

Kevin Stevens – Milton – Badminton

“Zero tolerance. A team’s identity should be one of the individuals supporting one another, on and off the field. Constructive criticisms and encouragement to do better or work harder will always be accepted, but not bullying or degrading language.”

Nadine Powell – Richmond Hill – Soccer

“Having players brainstorm to create their own document that reflects team rules/expectations. Then having all of them sign it….in addition to club code of conduct.”

Daniel Milkovich – Burlington – Rugby

“That we recognize our differences but never challenge or demean another person’s dignity or humanity.”

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