Sports Cliques and Bullying in Youth Baseball

Sports Bullying Youth Baseball
It is up to you, as a parent, to be attentive and recognize the warning signs of bullying in youth baseball.

Sports are great for so many reasons. Sports help teach children valuable life lessons, such as the importance of hard work, good communication, and teamwork. Sports help keep young children physically fit in time when most would rather sit at home and play video games. But, perhaps most important of all, sports are fun.

So, what happens when sports stop being fun?

The Very Real Issue of Bullying in Youth Baseball

Teams are supposed to be tight knit groups of like-minded individuals striving to achieve the same goal – win. Unfortunately, even in these already-segmented portions of a child’s social life, it is not uncommon to see cliques form. Unfortunately, there is a very slim chance that your son will approach to and tell you what is going on. According to 2012 Indicators of School Crime and Safety, an adult was notified in less than half (40%) of bullying incidents. This is true for many reasons:

  1. Your child may want to deal with the situation on his own.
  2. Your child may fear backlash from the kid(s) bullying him if he were to speak up.
  3. Your child may fear being rejected by his peers for being a tattle-tail.
  4. You child may be embarrassed by what is happening.
  5. Your child may feel alone and helpless.

There are many reasons why your son may not be open and honest about his current situation. But what it all boils down to is you. Y-O-U! It is up to you, as a parent, to be attentive and recognize the warning signs of sports bullying.

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Bullying in Youth Baseball

There are many warning signs that could indicate your child is the victim of sports bullying.

  1. Your son does not want to go to practice any longer, an activity he used to enjoy. He may start making up excuses or fake being sick to avoid the team.
  2. You may notice that your son has a sudden loss of friends.
  3. Your son may start to do poorly in school, receiving sub-par grades when he is normally an exemplary student.
  4. You may notice changes in your sons eating habits. He may suddenly lose his appetite and stop eating.
  5. You may notice your once energetic child appear lethargic and depressed.
  6. You may notice your son having trouble sleeping or having nightmares.
  7. Your son may come home with unexplained injuries.

Do you see any of these warning signs in your son? If so, now is the time to take action. Talk to your child, talk to his coach, and get to the bottom of the situation. Remember, no one has the right to bully your child and ruin his youth baseball experience – a time in his life that is supposed to be fun and rewarding. No one has the right to take that away from him. No One!

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