Respect Trumps Harmony: Lessons for Sport

If you have bullying or harassment or racism or misogyny, all of those bad behaviours go on but people don’t report them and the leaders don’t know what’s going on.  And even when they know, sometimes they don’t want to rock the boat because the focus is on harmony and keeping the peace.

Sport at the crossroads – Part 1: Football

When a player is ‘working the referee’ according to Hatzoglou, there are two key factors at play. In addition to inviting abuse of the referee from fans who believe they are backing their player, the referee is denied the authentic feedback loop to improve their performance.

Parents, can’t live with them, can’t live without them!

A better understanding of parent’s experiences can lead to creating more effective interventions that can improve the experience for everyone.

Sport’s ugly blind spot – abuse of officials

What drives an otherwise upstanding sports fan to scream abuse at a match official? Or turn an otherwise loving parent into a seething, foaming, resentful ball of fury at an 11-year-old boy who has made a refereeing decision that did not favour their child?

Sport’s ugly blind spot – abuse of officials: The endgame

The outbreaks of violence against referees often sit at the tip of a pyramid of a dehumanisation process, in which an official is tarred with unchallenged labels that erode their authority. Once their integrity is undermined, it triggers an environment that encourages verbal or physical abuse.

Club values: how can kids contribute?

For junior players especially, encourage coaches and adults to continuously refer to the club values and consider how to establish formal opportunities to recognise players who are demonstrating the values around the club and on the field.

“How do you build team culture at your club?” – Coburg Little Athletics Centre

This is how we practice respect at the Coburg Little Athletics Centre and hope our standards reflect the respectful behaviours we would like our children and parents to demonstrate beyond the sports field.

Club fundraising: what’s unacceptable?

Calling a halt to the fundraising without a whole of club conversation about gender roles, respect, and creating a safe place for everyone would be a missed opportunity to grow a stronger club.

Sport’s ugly blind spot – abuse of officials: The cost

What drives an otherwise upstanding sports fan to scream abuse at a match official? Or turn an otherwise loving parent into a seething, foaming, resentful ball of fury at an 11-year-old boy who has made a refereeing decision that did not favour their child?

Club Respect delivering workshops around Australia

For clubs wanting to draw ‘a line in the sand’ in their club culture and maintain an environment of respect, we now offer our signature Club Respect workshops. You can join the cohort of sports clubs, associations, leagues and local councils who are making significant cultural changes at their clubs that are creating safe, kind and fair environments.