It is the policy of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) that there shall be
no bullying of any participant involved in any of its member programs by any
FCA believes all athletes have a right to a safe and healthy school
environment. FCA has an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and
Bullying is any severe or pervasive (repeated over time) physical or verbal
act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically
(i.e., cyberbullying), directed toward a student or students that has or can
be reasonably predicted to have one or more of the following effects:
Placing the athlete in a reasonable fear of harm to the athlete’s person or
Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the athlete’s physical or
- Substantially interfering with the athlete’s academic performance.
Substantially interfering with the athlete’s ability to participate in or
benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by FCA.
Cyberbullying is bullying using technology or any electronic
communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals,
writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in
whole or in part. This includes communication by a wire, radio,
electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system or photo-optical system,
including without limitation e-mail, internet communications, instant messages
or facsimile communications. Cyberbullying includes the creation of a webpage
or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person, or the
knowing impersonation of another person, as the author of posted content or
messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects
enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section. Cyberbullying also
includes the electronic distribution of a communication to more than one
person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed
by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the
effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section.
When a report is received, FCA personnel will collaborate with parents and
athletes to agree upon a course of action and work as quickly as possible to
ensure the safety of athletes, gather information and clarify facts. FCA
personnel will make all reasonable efforts to complete the investigation
within 10 business days after the date of the report and take into
consideration additional relevant information received during the
investigation about the reported incident of bullying. Interventions may be
provided, as needed, to the parties involved in the bullying, including but
not limited to social worker services, restorative measures, counseling and
If an athlete is determined to have engaged in bullying behavior, the athlete
will be subject to disciplinary actions appropriate to the offense, the
athlete’s age and past behavior, and the circumstances surrounding the events.
Disciplinary actions may include a series of graduated consequences and, in
severe cases, suspension. Disciplinary actions will be thoughtfully taken to
promote athlete safety and wellbeing, see changed and improved behavior, and
uphold the Mission, Philosophy and Core Values of FCA.
FCA will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any athlete. An
athlete shall not intimidate, harass or bully another athlete through words or
actions. Such bullying behavior includes direct physical contact (e.g. hitting
or shoving); verbal assaults (e.g. teasing or name calling); social isolation
FCA expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying
to the FCA Player’s Health Protect site. Staff who witness such
acts need to take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so. Each
bullying complaint will be promptly investigated. This policy applies to
athletes when they are attending camp, traveling to and from games, or
participating in an FCA-sponsored Huddle.
To ensure bullying does not occur, FCA will provide staff development training
in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding of all
athletes and staff to build each club’s capacity to maintain a safe and
Staff should discuss this policy with their athletes in age-appropriate ways
and assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying. Athletes who
bully are in violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary action to
and including suspension.
The FCA Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Any athlete who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up
to and including suspension.
Athletes are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the FCA Player’s Health Protect site.
Athletes can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of
bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
If the complainant athlete or the parent of the athlete feels that
appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been
reached, the athlete or the parent of the athlete should contact Ken
Williams, Senior Executive Advisor of FCA. FCA prohibits retaliatory
behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint
The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not
limited, to the following:
All staff, athletes and their parents will receive a summary of this policy
prohibiting intimidation and bullying at the beginning of the sports season
as part of the FCA League Management system’s notification to parents.
FCA will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the
results of investigation confidential.
Staff who witness acts of bullying shall take immediate steps to intervene
when safe to do so. People witnessing or experiencing bullying are strongly
encouraged to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the
target or witnesses in any way.