Athletics, Club Sports & Intramural

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

Hazing 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

  1. Develop strong, positive, responsible leaders
  2. Provide positive alternatives to hazing
  3. Meet with your leaders and team 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

TEAM ALTERNATIVES TO HAZING

  • Team dinners
  • Movie nights
  • Ropes courses
  • Camping trips
  • Whitewater rating
  • Laser tag
  • Team building challenges