#Day1 for Sports Teams
An innovative campaign that’s rooted in research to help stop bullying before it starts.
- 40-50% of athletes have experienced anything from mild harassment to severe abuse in their sport of choice;
- 4% of young athletes reported that a coach had hit, kicked, or slapped them;
- 8% of coaches acknowledged encouraging athletes to hurt opponents, 33% yelled at players for making mistakes, and 20% made fun of a team member with limited skills.
On the (name of the team), we take it seriously that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to an environment that is safe and respectful for all.
I want to make a statement about our expectations for all the members of (name of the team). We all have had times when we have said or done hurtful things to others out of thoughtlessness, lack of awareness, or because it seems like just a joke. We all may be tempted at times to treat other people poorly out of frustration, retaliation, because others are doing it, or because someone acts in a way that we don’t like.
But as a member of the (name of the team) we ask that you demonstrate self-awareness, respect, restraint, and self-control. Your comments, whether online or in-person, could be damaging to someone’s feelings of safety, belonging, connection, and emotional well-being. It also damages our team and our ability to work together. This is not acceptable.
So, let me be clear. Any act of harassment, humiliation, hazing, or bullying against another person, coach, player, staff, official, or supporter, online or in person, for us or opposing us, is against our values. Specifically, harassment based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender expression, sexual orientation, body shape or size, or physical, mental or learning ability, financial position, religion or lack of religion, or political beliefs is taken very seriously here.
We will not tolerate bullying, harassment, or humiliation of any kind on the (name of the team).
We also want to make it clear that, win or lose, we expect good sportsmanship.
It is every single person’s responsibility to ensure this team continues to be a safe and welcoming environment for all.
We ask you to: think about your actions and how you want to be treated by others.
Here on the (name of the team), we expect you to do your best to demonstrate respect, understanding, empathy, and kindness to everyone.
If you see someone doing harm to another person, do something. Report it. If you feel safe, try to stop it. Joining in or doing nothing is not being respectful or kind. If you feel like going the extra step, reach out to the person who was targeted with a kind word or gesture. You might just have a huge impact on someone’s life.
We all make mistakes. If someone says or does something that seems rude or hurtful, speak up firmly and respectfully. For example: “That kind of language is against our team’s values. Please stop.”
Get help from a member of the athletic staff if the person doesn’t listen. If someone tells you that something you said or did was hurtful or disrespectful, make sure to listen, apologize, and make a commitment to educate yourself about your actions. If the person doesn’t listen, get help from a member of the athletic staff. If one staff member doesn’t help you, keep asking until someone addresses the problem.
Now I want to ask, does everyone understand what I have said and what we expect of you here on the (name of the team)?Upstander Pledge I pledge to not remain a passive bystander but rather be an active Upstander when I witness bullying behavior. As an Upstander; I will intervene whenever I see or hear anyone being targeted with bullying behavior; whether I’m at school, at home, at work, or in my faith community; whether I am speaking in digital spaces or out in the real world with friends, family, colleagues or teammates.
- I will interrupt the bullying behavior if it feels safe to do so. I will intervene respectfully by saying: “please stop!”.
- I will report what I saw or heard to a trusted adult or person of authority. I will also encourage the person I saw being bullied to report it, too.
- I will reach out to the person who was targeted and let them know that bullying is never OK with me, and ask how I can help or assist them to get the help they need.