I share at our opening meeting each year several expectations that form the foundation of the athletics experience at Lehigh. One is that athletes are expected to be students and responsible members of the campus community before they are athletes. Another is that participation in athletics is a privilege and privileges carry responsibilities. Taken together, these two expectations dictate that athletes who fail to uphold the responsibilities of the Lehigh campus community may lose the privilege of participating in our athletics program.
Respect for others is a principle that our Lehigh community holds dear, as do most high functioning and admirable organizations. For athletic teams, respect for each other, for opponents, for officials, for the rules of the sport, and for the privilege of competing is a core value without which our programs cannot be justified as educational, developmental, or contributing to the quality of the Lehigh experience. It is for this reason that I share each year with athletes, coaches, and staff that hazing will not be tolerated and will result in the loss of participation privileges.
NCAA Definition of Hazing
"Any act committed against someone joining or becoming a member or maintaining membership in any organization that is humiliating, intimidating or demeaning, or endangers the health and safety of the person.
Hazing includes active or passive participation in such acts and occurs regardless of the willingness to participate in the activities! Hazing creates an environment/climate in which dignity and respect are absent."
Hazing vs. Team Building
|humiliates and degrades||promotes respect and dignity|
|tears down individuals||supports and empowers|
|creates division||creates real teamwork|
|produces lifelong nightmares||establishes lifelong memories|
|breeds shame and secrecy||instills pride and integrity|
|is a power trip||is a shared positive experience!|
SOURCE: NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook
Six Steps to Prevent Hazing on Your Team
- Develop strong, positive, responsible leaders
- Provide positive alternatives to hazing
- Meet with your leaders and team to discuss your views and policy on hazing
- Cite examples of initiations gone bad
- Install a buddy system
- Encourage your newcomers to report any anticipated or actual hazing
Team Alternatives to Hazing
- Team dinners
- Movie nights
- Ropes courses
- Camping trips
- Whitewater rating
- Laser tag
- Team building challenges
SOURCE: Team Captains Network