Coaches Abusing Athletes in K-12 Schools: Lessons From Claims
Why Read This
Physical and emotional abuse by coaches is a common occurrence in athletics—and often goes undisciplined. If classroom bullying of students is unacceptable, why is it allowed on the field? It’s time for schools to take a closer look at coaching abuse.
This in-depth look at claims filed against United Educators' (UE's) members alleging coach-on-athlete abuse provides a guide to inform your school’s review of athletic department practices.
- From 2014 through 2018, UE received 73 claims arising out of coach-on-athlete abuse — totaling $10 million in losses. NOTE: This study did not include sexual abuse.
- These claims alleged a range of physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by coaches. In many cases, reports of abuse made only within the athletic department did not result in meaningful action against the perpetrator.
- Extending administrative oversight over athletic department activities and training athletes and coaches to recognize abuse can protect vulnerable athletes.