Bullying and Locker Room Culture >>
To prevent hazing and bullying in youth and high school sports, use the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy as a teachable moment. Distribute this one-page PDF >> as a printout or e-mail and share with your communities all the other resources on this page!
Hangout guest Elliott Almond's San Jose Mercury News article on Jonathan Martin >>. Guests also included Victoria Barnaby, former D-I athlete, now with CoachUp (PCA's Trusted Resource for Private Coaching >>) and Isaiah Kacyvenski, former NFL player, now with MC10 >>.
Following are excerpts from the Today's Take >> section of PCA's website as the Incognito-Martin scandal developed.
November 12, 2013
Culture is critical. That is one message from the Dolphins hazing controversy that should come through loud and clear to youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA workshops >> define "culture" as "the way WE do things HERE."
For more on the culture of the NFL and the Dolphins, read this article from The New York Times >> and consider this interview with the Dolphins' Richie Incognito >>. One key lesson coming out of this controversy is to carefully choose whom to entrust with your culture.
November 7, 2013
Video below shares PCA-Sacramento Executive Director Bill Herenda's "Take" on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin hazing controversy. Scroll beneath the video for more of our "Take" and resources to stop hazing in youth and high school sports.
November 4, 2013
The firestorm around Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins player accused of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin with racial slurs and threats of violence >> raises the profile on hazing throughout sports. Often passed off as a team-bonding exercise or a rite of initiation to "welcome" to new teammates, hazing is actually one of the most damaging experiences possible for a team, the players being hazed and even the hazers themselves.
As discussed in this recent Google+ Hangout, Phasing Out Hazing >>, coaches and administrators should have a zero-tolerance policy. Coaches can cultivate camaraderie by teaching teammates to respect each other as covered in this this sample Honoring the Game script >>, in which coaches emphasize ROOTS (respect for Rules, Opponents, officials, Teammates and Self).
Hazing is so problematic at all levels of sports that PCA now offers an anti-hazing component within our workshops. You can learn more about that training by clicking here to request information from a PCA representative >>. The training incorporates some of the video links below, featuring members of PCA's National Advisory Board, as well as other prominent coaches and athletes.
Finally, here are some pointers from PCA Chief Impact Officer Tina Syer, who spearheaded development of PCA's anti-hazing workshop components: "The strongest team leaders don't just refrain from hazing themselves; they actually shut it down when they see it. It takes moral courage to intervene. Even if you were hazed, that does not mean you should continue this "tradition." Have the moral courage to break the cycle."