Esquire's new show "Friday Night Tykes" is getting a lot of attention from parents. Shows like this often glorify bullying by coaches of young athletes. These shows are also creating a debate about what constitutes as effective coaching, and what is abusive coaching.
In a 2011 UK of 6,000 young adults, 75 percent reported emotional harm during their organized athletic sports. Of those who were bullied, a third pointed to the coach as the bully or instigator. Other reports have found more than 40 percent of student athletes report coach bullying.
Tips for Kids and Coaches:
- Teach kids: Walk away, speak up, find a friend, ask others for help
- Vet coaches in addition to team when selecting sports
- Model good coaching for children; hold them accountable for helping others
- Bullying Behavior By Athletic Coaches
- Friday Night Tykes, Coaching & Culture
- Statistics on Children & Sports (ESPN)
- Quick Tips For Parents on Bullying
- What To Teach Kids About Bullying