Elevate’s Anti-Bullying Policy
At Elevate, we are committed to making sport as welcoming and inclusive as possible for all participants. This includes having zero tolerance for bullying and harassment.
Below we present our anti-bullying policy:
Definition of Bullying;
Bullying is defined as conduct, gestures or comments which are insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to a player, group of players and/or teammates, and which create a hostile or intimidating environment, or which negatively affects a player or player’s performance. Bullying is harassment, intimidation by means of any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
- Emotional- being unfriendly, excluding or intentionally ignoring someone;
- Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence;
- Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures or other slurs;
- Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments;
- Homophobic remarks or focusing on the issue of sexuality; [intentionally using incorrect pronouns when referring to an individual]
- Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing, taunting or tormenting;
- Any communication via internet, including but not limited to, use of social networking sites to send email, text messaging, internet chat room dialogue, video and any other communication by use of computer or cell phone.
Actions to be taken:
Incidents of bullying can be reported to any coach or management team member and will be investigated objectively, which involves listening carefully to and supporting all those involved.
- Any reported incident will be dealt with immediately by an Elevate team member.
- Complaints will be recorded confidentially and separate discussions will be conducted with all involved parties to ensure all perspectives are considered. Witnesses may also be consulted.
- If players are involved, parents will be notified of the situation and informed of potential consequences.
- The Elevate team member(s) involved in reviewing the incident will decide on the sanction to be levied, which can include: verbal warning, written warning, temporary ban from Elevate events without refund, permanent ban from Elevate programs.
We share this with you as a sign of our commitment to our values, as well as in hope that you will hold us accountable to this.
We promise that we will continue to educate ourselves on how to make the programs more welcoming and inclusive, both in words and in actions. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]