What Every Athlete Should Know.

It is important that an athlete “respect” their coach (teammates, staff and volunteers), but sometimes, they act in ways that can be harmful and hurtful to young athletes.

It is important for every athlete to understand what is unacceptable behavior and when to reach out to an adult to ask for help and guidance.

Everyone needs to make sure sport is a safe and positive environment free of abuse, bullying, and harassment.

Every sports club should have an Athlete Welfare Advocate (AWA). An AWA is not a coach. The AWA is an adult who has volunteered to be available to any athlete who is concerned about the conduct of coaches, staff, volunteers or other athletes and wants to talk about what to do.

If your sports team doesn’t have an AWA, you should seriously consider speaking to your parents or another adult in the club who you trust.

The following must followed:

  • No bullying, emotional or verbal abuse allowed.
  • No sexual abuse.
  • No hazing, initiation rituals, or physical punishment.
  • No romantic relationships or dating coaches.
  • Physical contact.

A coach must always ask for permission prior to any touching of an athlete.
If “you” the athlete feels uncomfortable:

IF IT FEELS WRONG, IT IS WRONG! Be empowered to tell a parent or Safe4Athletes Athlete Welfare Advocate.