Discuss bullying with all teams, so that every player learns about the damage it causes to the player who is bullied, the bully and the overall effect to the dynamic of the team and the importance of telling a coach and/or parent about bullying when it happens.
Be alert to signs of distress and other possible indications of bullying.
Listen to players who have been bullied, take what they say seriously and act to support and protect them.
Report suspected cases of bullying and/or incidents of consequence to the President of the London Lightning Fastball Association and ultimately to the board of directors when deemed necessary
Follow up any complaint by a parent about the bullying issue, and report back promptly and fully on the action which has been taken.
Deal with observed instances of bullying promptly and effectively, in accordance with agreed procedures.
We expect our players to:
Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity.
Intervene to protect the player who is being bullied, unless it is unsafe to do so.
Report to a member of coaching and/or managing staff, Members of the Board of Directors any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to prevent further instances.
Anyone who becomes the target of bullies should:
Not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out, to put an end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets.
The Responsibilities of Parents:
We ask our parents to support their daughters and London Lightning Fastball by:
Watching for signs of distress or unusual behaviour in their girls, which might be evidence of bullying.
Advising their daughters to report any bullying to their coach (Head or Assistant) or Team Manager and explain the implications of allowing the bullying to continue unchecked, for themselves and for other players.
Advising their daughters not to retaliate violently to any forms of bullying. Being sympathetic and supportive towards their daughters, and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken.
Keep a written record of any reported instances of bullying and copies of cyber-bullying
Informing the London Lightning Fastball Association of any suspected bullying, even if their daughter is not involved.
Co-operating with the London Lightning Fastball Association, if their daughter is accused of bullying, try to ascertain the truth. And point out the implications of bullying, both for the players who are bullied and for the bullies themselves.
The Responsibilities of All:
Work together to combat and eradicate bullying.
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