Bullying in Sports

Posted: 03/21/2012 in Recommended Resources: Bullying in Sports

Click the “Bullying in Sports” link above to find texts that feature or speak to the issue of bullying in middle and high school athletics.

Bullying in Sports

All The Broken PiecesAll the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Baseball)

BystanderBystander by James Preller (Basketball)

Crossing LinesCrossing Lines by Paul Volponi (Football)

EndgameEndgame by Nancy Garden (Football)

InexcusableInexcusable by Chris Lynch (Football)

IronmanIronman by Chris Crutcher (Running/Swimming/Bicycling)

LeverageLeverage by Joshua Cohen (Football/Gymnastics)

Love, Football, and Other Contact SportsLove, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden Carter (Football)

Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Running)

NailedNailed by Patrick Jones (Jocks)

Out of the PocketOut of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (Football)

play    Press Play by Eric Devine (Lacrosse)

Raiders NightRaiders Night by Robert Lipsyte (Football)

Tangerine: Tenth-Anniversary EditionTangerine by Edward Bloor (Soccer)

The Berlin Boxing ClubThe Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Boxing)

The Chocolate War (Readers Circle)The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Football)

Whale TalkWhale Talk by Chris Crutcher (Swimming)

Winger by Andrew Smith (Rugby)

Excerpt from Nailed by Patrick Jones:

“I outwardly ignore All-American asshole Bob Hitchings’ usual greeting as I take my seat, but the words beat me down inside. It’s first period on the first day of my junior year in English class, the great melting pot that makes big fat fibbers out of Our Founding Fathers. All men are not created equal; some are smarter, some are stronger. If Jefferson, Madison, and the rest of their ilk had spent a day at Southwestern, they would have flushed that claptrap right down the toilet. I’m smarter than a lot of people in this room, more talented in the things that matter to me. But guys like Hitchings, who are stronger than most people, and guys like me, who are smarter than most people, are not equals. A born athlete, Hitchings cares about kicking a football, capturing a wrestling pin fall, and catching a baseball. I’m a born artist who cares about books, music, and theater. In my eyes, he isn’t better than me, nor am I better than him; we’re just different, and different is okay with me” (p. 26).

Articles & Resources

Brown, A., Cohen, J.C., & Sowerbrower, K. (2013, November). Confronting bullying and hazing in the sports culture of school. Invited roundtable presentation at Stop Bullying Now: Sharing Strategies at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Boston, MA.

Broz, W. (2007, Winter). Professional resource connection: The bully in the book and in the classroom. The ALAN Review.

English Journal themed issue on bullying: http://www.ncte.org/journals/ej/issues/v101-6

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS): What is Hazing? http://bit.ly/NFHShazing

NFHS Bullying/Hazing PowerPoint by B. Elliot Hopkins, NFHS Director of Educational Service: WS 16 and 22 Hazing-Bullying

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