Keep Student-Athletes Safe During Team-Building Activities
When do team-building activities, believed to bring a team closer together, cross the line into risking student-athletes’ safety?
Coaches, athletic directors, and administrators play important roles in creating a culture that either supports aggression and hazing or focuses on student development, ethics, and safe, healthy competition.
Once a culture is created that states winning is more important than any other outcome, the stage is set to progress to more violent acts, such as those often observed in hazing incidents. When students are viewed as weak or not team-oriented if they do not participate in overly aggressive or sometimes dangerous activities, the outcome may be catastrophic for individual students and possibly the entire school community.
Tips for Safe Team-Building
The risks of hazing and overzealous training drills may give athletes a false perception of team bonding. The danger of harm outweighs the perceived benefits that the coaches are entrusted to provide. The following can help guide your schools’ coaches, athletic directors, and administrators when considering team-building activities.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered as all encompassing, suitable for all situations, in compliance with all laws and regulations or legal advice. Consult an attorney or other specialist to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.