What are bullying and hazing in football?
Bullying and hazing are serious issues that happen on and off the pitch. They’re forms of abuse you may come across in football. Let’s find out more.
As a coach, you play a vital role in developing a positive and inclusive team culture. That means acting fast to stop bullying.
Here, we explore bullying and hazing and the benefits of an anti-bullying policy.
Hazing is a specific type of bullying. It refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them, regardless of that person’s willingness to participate.
The impact of hazing
Hazing can have a negative psychological impact. The impact can be long lasting depending on the player, the activity, and the environment. Psychological effects of hazing may include:
- Low self-esteem
- Decrease in confidence
- Mental illness
The effects of hazing may result in players feeling they can no longer relate to their teammates, or feeling they need to stop playing altogether. Their work or school and family life may also be impacted as a result.
All people’s life experiences, beliefs and circumstances are different. Because of these differences something that one person sees as ‘banter’ may cause harm or offence to another. For this reason, initiation rituals when someone new joins the team shouldn't happen.