The Powerful Impact of Positive Coaching Techniques

The Powerful Impact of Positive Coaching Techniques As a coach, you want your athletes to learn, improve, and succeed. But for this to happen, they need to feel supported and encouraged. Whether your team wins the game or not, your athletes need to know that you’ll be there waiting for them with a high five on the sidelines. Incorporating positive …

3 Things to Do When You Notice Bullying

3 Things to Do When You Notice Bullying Playing sports and being part of a team is a valuable childhood experience. However, negative behaviors like bullying can shift the team dynamic and have serious, long-lasting consequences for the athlete being targeted. By understanding what bullying is—and what you can do when you notice it occur—you can help make sport settings …

The Critical Need for Locker Room Safety

The Critical Need for Locker Room Safety <p> Locker rooms can be ideal places for team bonding, building friendships, and camaraderie between athletes. But left unmonitored, these spaces can quickly turn dangerous. From negative “locker room talk” to silly behavior that sometimes becomes inappropriate, the locker room can foster actions that might appear harmless but can easily become abusive. So, …

Lead a Culture Change in Sport

Join our email list! Stay connected with the latest news, resources, and tools from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and enjoy our quarterly e-newsletter, The Gameplan. Lead a culture change in sport Keeping your programs abuse-free should be Job 1 It’s happening before our eyes. The culture of sport safety is changing for the better. It’s evident in more effective …

Bullying: What It Is, What to Look For, How to Respond

Bullying: What It Is, What to Look For, How to Respond Bullying goes beyond occasional teasing. It’s widespread and is negatively impacting America’s youth. Wherever adolescents gather—in school, sports, or other settings—bullying is common. Bullying once was thought of as “just part of growing up.” It is now seen, rightfully, as harmful misconduct that can have long-lasting negative impacts on …

Protect sport: Blow the whistle on abuse and misconduct

Protect sport: Blow the whistle on abuse and misconduct Safer, more respectful settings benefit everyone, officials included Referees and officials see sport in a way that most cannot. They know where to look, and what to look for. They see the game within the game, the big picture and the tiny details, the forest and the trees. It’s a unique …

United in Support of Youth Safety: New Mexico United Soccer Academy

United in Support of Youth Safety: New Mexico United Soccer Academy No matter the ages of the participants or the level of competition, sport should be a safe, supportive place where everyone feels empowered to learn, grow, and thrive—physically and emotionally. The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides diverse training, tools, and resources to create sport settings free of abuse and …

Talk to Young Athletes About Abuse, Misconduct

Talk to Young Athletes About Abuse, Misconduct Do you have a younger child just getting started in organized sport? How about a teenager who has moved up to more competitive athletic settings? Either way … that’s great! Youth sport participation can have lifelong positive mental and physical health impacts. It also means it’s time to start the discussion about what …

An Informed Response to Abuse and Misconduct Can Help Protect Athletes

An Informed Response to Abuse and Misconduct Can Help Protect Athletes Everyone can learn about response protocols, how to report, and what to do when abuse is disclosed We all have a role to play to keep sport safe for youth. The conversation has already begun around injury prevention, concussion awareness, updating training methods, nutrition, and more. But what of …

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