National Survey of Sports Teams
Recommendations

Athletes, coaches and administrators believed that hazing prevention requires a clear anti-hazing message; an expectation of responsibility, integrity and civility; and structured initiation rites that build teams and encourage bonding.

Send a clear anti-hazing message:

  • Develop a written anti-hazing policy for athletes with clear definitions and consequences.
  • Educate the administration, coaching staff and athletes on the policy and definition.
  • Develop a contract for student athletes regarding hazing and alcohol consumption.
  • Establish a record of taking strong action against suspected and known cases of hazing.
  • Immediately notify security or law enforcement of any suspected hazing incident.

Expect responsibility, integrity and civility:

  • Discuss the meaning of the anti-hazing message with the president, student affairs officers, athletic department and athletes.
  • Require coaches to screen recruits for behavioral and academic problems.
  • Write a policy outlining coaches' and host students' behaviors for overnight recruitment visits.
  • Require each coach to meet personally with each student host prior to recruitment visits.
  • Make athletes' behavior on and off the field a part of each coach's evaluation.

Offer team-building initiation rites:

  • Write a policy on the philosophy and goals of initiation rites in athletics.
  • Train coaches and athletes on the importance of initiation rites and the ways to conduct them.
  • Integrate initiation philosophy and goals into team goal-setting and problem-solving.
  • Develop community events for the entire athletic department.
  • Require organized initiation events for each team prior to each season.
  • Recognize athletes as leaders in academic, personal, business and community arenas.
  • Rely on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee to promote acceptable initiation rites.

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