• Athletics
  • Report
  • K-12

Coaches Abusing Athletes in K-12 Schools: Lessons From Claims

Melanie Bennett, Esq., ARM-E
March 2021

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.

Key Takeaways

  • 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.

To View/Download this Resource

Sign in to My UE to view or download this resource.
If you do not have a My UE account click "Register" to create one.

Added to My Favorites

This content was added to My Favorites.

1 of 3 documents are ready for download

The document "Long document name goes right here" is ready. Downloads expire after 14 days. Your remaining documents will be ready in a few minutes. Lorem ipsum dolor, sit amet consectetur adipisicing elit. Quod deserunt temporibus qui nostrum aliquid error cupiditate praesentium! In, voluptatibus minima?

Go to the Document Center