STAND Up to Harassment

A coach’s guide to thoughtful intervention and follow up.

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The NFHCA is committed to cultivating an inclusive community free from discrimination and harassment of any kind. While prevention of such negative and inappropriate behavior is the goal, this resource serves as a tool to address discriminatory and harassing behavior observed on the field or on the sidelines. The NFHCA condemns discrimination, harassment, and racism. We urge our members to STAND Up when such behavior is encountered.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to offensive language, jokes, or other verbal, emotional, or physical misconduct relating to one’s race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, perceived socioeconomic class, or disability which interferes with one’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. All participants of the game (student-athletes, coaches, and umpires) and spectators should feel safe and respected.

Coaches are encouraged to STAND Up to harassment at practice and competitions by following the STAND Up model of thoughtful intervention.

The STAND Up model and resource was developed and produced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and the NFHCA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.


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