The Sports Conflict Institute (SCI) announced that it has developed and launched a knowledge center for athletes coaches, administrators, and supports to better understand, prevent, and resolve conflict in sports.
Sports Conflict Matters
According the the SCI website, “Competitive goals are often thwarted by destructive conflict on and off the field. Managing conflict effectively has become a core competency for athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters. Sports operating 24 /7 in the public’s eye and rarely does a problem go unnoticed or unreported. To an extent, a degree of conflict is part of the narrative that makes sports compelling. Yet when the consequences outweigh the benefits of this conflict becomes destructive to the goals of organizations, teams, and individuals. There are many types of sports conflict, a number of reasons that destructive conflict occurs, and significant costs to administrators, coaches, athletes and supporters.”
Key is Minimizing Costs
“We are an organization determined to minimize the costs that conflict plays in the lives of those involved in sports. Success on and off the field is often determined by how challenging moments are handled. It all starts with access to good information and we’ve decided to develop and curate this as a service to the sporting public,” said Joshua Gordon, Founder of SCI.
Sports Conflict Institute Knowledge Center
The Sports Conflict Institute Knowledge Center is made available free of charge and does not require registration for access to any of the articles, audio, videos, tools, and weblinks provided. The Browse By Topic function allows for filtering on a range of topics that include athlete transitions, bullying, intercollegiate sports, LGBT, sports law, team dynamics, and a range of other subjects.
SCI supports competitive goals in athletics through understanding, preventing, and resolving destructive conflicts that occur both inside and outside the lines. SCI serves as a resource center and provides a range of services to help manage risk and optimize performance. Conflict is inevitable, but how we respond determines whether success follows or costs mount.