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 Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Baseball)
Bystander by James Preller (Basketball)
Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi (Football)
Endgame by Nancy Garden (Football)
Inexcusable by Chris Lynch (Football)
Ironman by Chris Crutcher (Running/Swimming/Bicycling)
Leverage by Joshua Cohen (Football/Gymnastics)
Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden Carter (Football)
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Running)
Nailed by Patrick Jones (Jocks)
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (Football)
Press Play by Eric Devine (Lacrosse)
Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte (Football)
Tangerine by Edward Bloor (Soccer)
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Boxing)
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Football)
Whale 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