Prevent Bullying In Sport

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Bullying has no place in a healthy, positive sport environment. As leaders and mentors, it’s our obligation to raise awareness and fully engage players, parents, and staff to prevent bullying.

Bullying behavior is taking an enormous adverse toll on America’s youth. About 20% of students ages 12-18 experience bullying.[1] And those youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic performance, and other negative outcomes.[2]

Together, we can put a stop to bullying.

Bullying Prevention Handbook

For Coaches of Minor Athletes

Additional Resources

Bullying 101

Quick-reference guide that defines bullying and outlines effective ways to respond.

Coaches' Discussion Guide

An activity to help your team understand and respond to bullying incidents.

Steps for Reporting Abuse and Misconduct

A guide for mandatory reporting for individuals in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

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How to prevent bullying, on and off the field

‘Champion in Every Corner’ podcast features ideas and perspectives to reduce bullying’s impact.


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Facts About Bullying,”, accessed Feb. 10, 2023,
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fast Fact: Preventing Bullying, “What are the consequences?”, accessed April 4, 2023.