Jeff Janssen gives information, statistics, and thought on the issue of hazing, and offers six steps aimed at hazing prevention for coaches and those in leadership roles on teams.
While hazing is sometimes born out of good intentions by student-athletes, it is more prevalent and more harmful than many would probably realize. Hazing is dangerous, and in truth does not help with things like team bonding and team building. Reasons such as “It was done to us” and “It’s tradition” should be seen as, if nothing else, innocent and ignorant views. Though most schools do have explicit rules against hazing, the teams themselves often have considerably more lax positions on the subject. This can lead to many kinds of trouble (physical harm, legal trouble, economic trouble, etc.), and should be seen as something which should not be tolerated. Janssen gives coaches and others in leadership roles six steps to follow which, if implemented, should increase hazing prevention on your team.
1. Develop strong, positive, responsible leaders
2. Provide positive alternatives to hazing
3. Meet with your team and leaders to discuss your views and policy on hazing
4. Cite examples of initiations gone bad
5. Install a buddy system
6. Encourage your newcomers to report any anticipated or actual hazing.
For Janssen’s full article and explanation of these six steps: Hazing Prevention