Coaches’ Perspectives on Bullying



In this chapter, Kowalski describes how the values associated with major sports in Western culture (i.e., winning at all costs, using power and dominance to control others, and employing a hierarchical structure of authority) may contribute to hazing practices associated with bullying. Kowalski notes that as a central figure in the development of athletes, the coach has the potential to influence whether or not students engage in bullying activities to achieve sport-related goals. Specifically, this chapter addresses how coaches view and respond to bullying in athletics and outlines the positive steps coaches may take to encourage athletes’ success and growth in lieu of bullying.


Restorative Justice Bully Behavior Athletic Team Athletic Program Zero Tolerance Policy 
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