Experts agree that bullying is a national epidemic and impacts hundreds of thousands of lives across the country. You only have to turn on the news to see the heightened attention focused on the issue of bullying and bullying behavior.
And while the issue of bullying transcends all ethnic groups and social strata, there is a breeding ground for what is transpiring and it occurs under the guide of teamwork, sportsmanship and pushing for excellence. It takes place out in the open, fostered in our culture and cheered on by parents and fans alike. The athlete is revered and even worshiped as a hero. Bullying is born in the locker rooms, the dugouts, the practice fields and the weight rooms. In the hallowed halls of youth sports, bullying is tolerated and taught, supported and sustained, modeled and manifested. The lip service paid to this national tragedy has allowed the problem to fester, virtually unchecked, for generations.
This book is a wake-up call to parents, educators, officials and coaches revealing the unspoken crisis and the accepted core culture that is being taught and role modeled to young athletes in this country. It is an adult driven approach where athletes are taught about winning at all costs, the worship of “heroes,” success at the expense of others, and taking advantage of the weak. It perpetuates all aspects of the current mindset in sports. It is a breeding ground for bullying, intimidation and the harassment of others. This book uncovers the prevalence of bullying in sports by identifying the behavior, calls out those involved enabling the culture and the matter in which it is being used and what can be done to stand up against this conduct.
Presentation & Trainings
This interactive presentation challenges students by identifying the Bully Player, the difficulties in confronting the behavior, and ultimately encourages players to become upstanders in their school and community.For Athletic Directors/Coaches
This inspirational presentation engages coaches by discussing bullying in sports, their unintentional involvement with the creation of a bully culture, and provides them with the incentive to use their role by encouraging their players to become upstanders.For Parents
This empowering presentation introduces parents to bullying in sports by addressing issues that arise from their perspective and involvement, as well as engages them in discussions on how they can address bullying.
Bullying impacts every school in this country. In most schools, over 50% of the student population participates in sports. The relationship between player-coach is an extremely strong bond that influences young athlete’s behavior. Using this gateway to address bullying has the potential to dramatically impact school culture and climate.
In this motivating presentation, players are introduced to the aggressive and passive types of bystander behavior, the obstacles that confront athletes from standing up,and three simple steps that empower individuals to become an Upstander.
This interactive presentation addresses the opportunities and challenges experienced in coaching today. It offers a powerful paradigm shift in the coaching mindset that empowers participants to raise their bar of excellence for their players.
This presentation openly acknowledges the dramatic shift in youth sports over the past twenty years. The demand for individual training and development for young athletes have created a consumer-based environment. Parents easily get caught up in unrealistic expectations, lose sight of the ‘fun’ in sports, and create unpleasant interactions with their player, coaches and other parents.
Interacting training for Athletic Directors, League Directors, Head Coaches and other individuals who manage/supervise coaches. This training takes into consideration the desire to win and the competitive nature of sports, the opportunity for the coach to incorporate character development, as well as the format sports offer to maximize life lessons. Furthermore, it takes into consideration the synergy and relationships that are needed to be an effective coach in today's times. Most importantly the entire dynamic that comes within the confine of the community.Becoming an Upstander
Valuable training for coaches that want to provide players with the skill set needed to stand up against bully behavior. Time is spent on understanding the challenges young athletes face when standing up to bullying behavior, the skills already engrained in their sports mindset, and the three simple steps to become and upstander.