Harassment, Bullying and Abuse Policy (Strathroy Minor Lacrosse)

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Harassment, Bullying and Abuse Policy


  1. -       There will be zero tolerance for Harassment, Bullying or Abuse.
  2. -       This policy applies to all SMLA Volunteers, coaches, trainers, managers, parents/guardians, and players.
  3. -       Any allegations of Harassment, Bullying or Abuse will be investigated by either the affected teams’ Bench Staff and /or an     appointed committee of SMLA Board Members.
  4. -       Depending on the severity of the Harassment, Bullying or Abuse, all incidents will be investigated and documented and         may result in a verbal warning, suspension of players, release of players, Trespass Notices, or police involvement.


Definition of Harassment and Bullying

a) Harassment is defined as conduct, which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, offensive or

physically harmful. Types of behaviour which constitute harassment include, but are not

limited to:

  • Ø  Unwelcomed jokes, innuendo or teasing about a person's looks, body, attire, age, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, including family members.
  • Ø  Condescending, patronizing, threatening or punishing actions which undermine self esteem or diminish performance.
  • Ø  Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person's safety or negatively affect performance.
  • Ø  Unwanted or unnecessary physical contact including touching, patting or pinching.
  • Ø  Any form of hazing.
  • Ø  Any form of physical assault or abuse.
  • Ø  Any sexual offence.
  • Ø  Behaviors such as those described above which are not directed towards individuals or groups but which have the effect of creating a negative or hostile environment.


b) Bullying is defined as intentionally hurting someone in order to insult, humiliate, degrade

or exclude him or her. Basically it is “mean” behavior. Bullying is:

  • Ø   hurting behaviors based on oppression and “meanness” 
  • Ø  based on power differentials
  • Ø   intentionally harmful
  • Ø   intense and long in duration
  • Ø   repeated over time (generally)
  • Ø   oppressive – isolates victims
  • Ø   caused by many factors and behavioral challenges


Hurtful actions may include but aren’t limited to:

i) Physical – ie: hitting, kicking, grabbing, shoving, spitting on, beating others up, damaging

or stealing another person’s property

ii) Verbal – ie: name-calling, humiliating, degrading behaviour, hurtful teasing, threatening

someone (this may happen in notes or in person, over the phone, through text messages

or a chat room, Facebook or Twitter)

iii) Relational – ie: making others look foolish, excluding peers, spreading gossip or rumours

(this may happen in person, over the phone or through the computer)