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Home | Bullying in Youth Sports
 
Bullying in Youth Sports
Helping Young Athletes Cope with Bullies in Sports

Bullying is one of the top topics we hear about from sports parents. They say their kids are bullied by coaches and other young athletes, and this hurts kids' confidence, success and enjoyment in sports.

In fact, many kids drop out of sports due to bullying. To help all the sports parents and athletes struggling with bullying, we launched this new department. It includes our bullying program, "Helping Young Athletes Stay Confident and Mentally Tough in the Face of Bullies," plus articles, audio interviews and a Question-And-Answer section.

This section features advice from Carl Pickhardt Ph.D, a psychologist and lecturer who is in private counseling. Based in Austin, Texas, he's the author of "Why Good Kids Act Cruel," a book about bullying and "Surviving Your Child's Adolescence: How to Understand, and Even Enjoy, the Rocky Road to Independence". In addition, he writes a weekly parenting blog for Psychology Today entitled "Surviving (your child's) Adolescence."

To learn more about him and his other books, visit www.carlpickhardt.com. Email us your bullying questions for Dr. Pickhardt to youthsportstips@youthsportspsychology.com


Parents Are Key To Stopping Bullying in Youth Sports
Parents Are Key To Stopping Bullying in Youth Sports Parents and coaches, you are critical to ending the epidemic of bullying in youth sports. Only you can ensure that youth sports teams create an inclusive culture. Only you can keep an eye out for bullying on your kids' sports teams and take action. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Your Son Is Being Bullied, But Doesn't Want You to Intervene
Your Son Is Being Bullied, But Doesn't Want You to Intervene Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's new bullying expert, responds to a sports mom who said her son who plays basketball is being mistreated by teammates. Her son doesn't want his parents to intervene for fear that the bullying will only get worse . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Basketball Parent Fights Back Against Verbal and Physical Abuse From Coach
Basketball Parent Fights Back Against Verbal and Physical Abuse From Coach Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's new bullying expert, responds to a parent's comment about a basketball coach who has bullied her son continuously. This basketball parents talks about how she has responded her to son and the challenges of fighting back . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Teaching Sports Kids to Resolve Conflicts--and Not Bully
Teaching Sports Kids to Resolve Conflicts--and Not Bully KSP interviews Dr. Robert Goldman, a Psy.D.psychologist, criminal defense attorney and author of "No Room for Vengeance," about his unique strategy for ending bullying. We need to teach our children how to resolve conflict in a more transformative manner . . . Sport Psychology Tip
One Sports Mom Fights Bullying - Success Story
One Sports Mom Fights Bullying - Success Story This sports mom didn't realize until it was much too late that her swimmer son was being bullied by his coach. By the time she understood what was going on, her top-rated son quit his team. They fought the system for 1.5 years and won . . . Sport Psychology Tip
How to Approach Abusive Coaching
How to Approach Abusive Coaching Sports mom says her son's basketball coach yells and screams at her son. She wants advice on how to hand the situation. Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's bullying expert responds . . . Sport Psychology Tip
How to Respond when Your Young Athlete is Humiliated
How to Respond when Your Young Athlete is Humiliated Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's new bullying expert, responds to a sports mom who said her son was mistreated when trying out for the junior hockey team. She wants to know how to deal with the anger she feels. Read Dr. Peckhardt's answer here . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Join Forces with Other Parents to Deal with Bully Coaches
Join Forces with Other Parents to Deal with Bully Coaches A sport's mom's son is being bullied by his coach. He is losing his passion and desire for basketball and is thinking about quitting. Read Dr. Carl Pickhardt's feedback about how to join forces with other parents on the team who are feeling the same way. . . . Sport Psychology Tip

One Sports Mom's Success: Bully Coach Takes Our Advice
One Sports Mom's Success: Bully Coach Takes Our Advice Lisa Cohn and Dr. Cohn interview a sports mom whose son's confidence and performance were crushed by a coach who humiliated the boy. This sports mom used our bully resources from Kids' Sports Psychology to approach the coach--with much success. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
How Should Parents Handle Bully Coaches? Reason with or Remove Them?
How Should Parents Handle Bully Coaches? Reason with or Remove Them? Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's new bullying expert, and Dr. Cohn respond to a parent's comment about why bully coaches should not be tolerated. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Bully Coaches are Their Own Worst Enemies
Bully Coaches are Their Own Worst Enemies Dr. Carl Pickhardt, KSP's new bullying expert, responds to a parent's comment about coaches who bully athletes. Dr. Pickhardt explains that coaches who bully young athletes do not get the best out of their players and create a culture of fear. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Should Mom Switch Son's School Due to Bully Coach?
Should Mom Switch Son's School Due to Bully Coach? Dr. Carl Pickhardt, a bullying expert, answers a question from a sports parent about a bully coach. This sports parent said her son's coach is a bully and is creating a negative environment. Should she look for another school? . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Helping Athletes Stay Confident and Mentally Tough In the Face of Bullies
Helping Athletes Stay Confident and Mentally Tough In the Face of Bullies In this workbook program, you'll learn valuable sports psychology strategies for helping young athletes stay focused and composed when they're harassed by bullies. Kids learn what to focus on, what to say and do when bullies strike. Free for Kids Sports Psychology members! . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Bully Coaches: Helping Sports Parents Take Action
Bully Coaches: Helping Sports Parents Take Action NEW! Learn learn how to identify the characteristics of bully coaches, look for signs that your kids are being bullied, and learn how to stand up to coaches who hurt your athlete's confidence and enjoyment of sports. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
Bullied Kids Who Drop Out of Sports
Bullied Kids Who Drop Out of Sports Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Steve, a sports dad and hockey coach. He tells stories about racial bullying and its effect on kids in sports, giving an example of one young athlete who dropped out of sports. . . . Sport Psychology Tip
How Parents and Coaches Can Cope with Bullying in Sports
How Parents and Coaches Can Cope with Bullying in Sports Bullying is an epidemic in our society today. And it's especially a problem in sports. A recent survey of 22,000 high school students across the U.S. found that 48% of the respondents had been targets of hazing--a form of bullying . . . Sport Psychology Tip
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