Peabody Youth Hockey Association
Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in ice hockey in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Peabody Youth Hockey. If bullying does occur, all members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a Telling Program.
This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a PYH coach or board member.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intent of hurting another person.
Bullying results in pain and stress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
– being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding equipment or hockey bag, threatening gestures)
– pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
– unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
– because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
– name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing
Why is it important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts and no one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Peabody Youth Hockey has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this Policy
All Peabody Youth Hockey players, coaches, officials and parents should have any understanding of what bullying is.
All Peabody Youth Hockey members, officials and coaching staff should know what the program’s policy is on bullying and follow it when reported.
All players and parents should know what the program’s policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
As an organization we take bullying seriously. Players and Parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported. Bullying at Peabody Youth Hockey will not be tolerated.
Signs and Indicators of Bullying
A child may indicate by signs that he or she is being bullied.
Parents, Coaches and Board Members should be aware of these possible signs and investigate if a child:
Says he or she is being bullied
Doesn’t want to go to team events
Becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
Feels ill before practice or games
Comes home with torn clothes or damaged equipment
Asks for money often
Has unexplained cuts and bruises
Won’t say what’s wrong or gives improbable excuses for any of the above
In more extreme cases a child:
Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
Is bullying other children or siblings
Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
These signs and behaviors may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and it should be investigated.
- Report bullying incidents to a coach or board member
- In cases of serious bullying, the incidents may be reported to the Peabody Police Department
- Parents should be informed and will be asked to attend a meeting to discuss the issue
- The bullying behavior or threats of bullying must be investigated and stopped immediately
- An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behavior
- If mediation fails and the bullying continues, Peabody Youth Hockey will initiate disciplinary action under the bylaws