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The Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation is committed to our athletes and their feeling of inclusion and belonging within All Star cheer and dance sport.
We are taking a stand against bullying and encourage YOU whether you are an athlete, coach or parent to join us.
Bullying is not OK and a great majority of our youth experience some form of bullying.
AASCF have come together to form the “AASCF BUDDY” community where members of the cheer and dance community can stand together, empower and support one another as we stand against bullying.
The main directive of the “AASCF – I’m a BUDDY” program is to educate our community that no matter what team or program we are with that we are all ONE community joined by the love of our sport and need to stand together as one.
Whatever the reason, there's no excuse for bullying. It's never okay to be mean. It's never okay to hurt others.
All Star is our happy & safe place so what you say or how you act has an impact and as an AASCF Buddy you choose to be POSITIVE and if you feel a behaviour would hurt YOUR feelings then it will HURT someone else.
As an AASCF Buddy , you promise to respect and to join together with my AASCF All Star Community to stop bullying and as an AASCF Buddy my PLEDGE is:
Join Us! Sign the PLEDGE against bullying and become a member of the
“AASCF BUDDY” community.
By signing the pledge you will be eligible to receive the FREE “ AASCF – I’m a BUDDY …Not a BULLY” badge to pin on your backpack or jacket to show all that you are committed to empower and support others in your team, program or general community and will lift one another up and are an advocate for positivity within our sport
Once you have submitted your signed Pledge you will be presented with a Thank You page.
To receive your FREE AASCF "I'm a BUDDY" badge please either print this Thank You page out or take a photo of it and present to the AASCF Information Desk at AASCF Nationals .
If not attending AASCF Nationals you can collect your badge at any 2019 AASCF competition
GYMS - Sign the GYM PLEDGE against bullying and you will receive the AASCF BUDDY GYM Poster to display in your gym/studio
Bullying is an intentional and ongoing behavior conducted by a more powerful person or group against a less powerful person or group that causes physical, social, emotional and/or psychological harm. Bullying happens in different ways: verbally, physically (directly to person or property), covertly (behind someone’s back) and online.
Bullying is when you keep picking on someone because you think you’re cooler, smarter, stronger or better than them.
Bullying is deliberately hurting other people with words and actions.
Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as “I was only teasing,” “just joking”, "It was only a bit of fun" or any other reason.
Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, messaging apps, or via social media. It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, nasty, false, or mean content about someone else.
Social Bullying happens face-to-face consisting of name calling, insulting, threatening, embarrassing and teasing as well excluding someone from an activity or friendship group.
Physical Bullying is both physical contact such as punching and kicking and property abuse such as breaking someone’s belongings, stealing money/valuables or vandalising property belonging to someone else.
Covert Bullying usually happens behind someone’s back consisting of spreading rumours among friendship groups; telling lies and gossip or sharing secrets entrusted within a friendship. It is a sort of secretive or hidden way to make others feel bad and make people believe things about you that are untrue.
Cyberbullying happens through electronic communication devices including mobile phones, computers, tablets etc. Cyberbullying usually occurs via social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube but also via text, email, instant messenger, chatrooms, forums etc. This is also a form of hidden bullying; it can be anonymous and can spread quickly to a wide audience where content can be viewed repeatedly over time. Once something hits cyberspace it is there forever and can be extremely difficult to remove.
In a sports context bullying can take many forms, for example:
Sometimes you may be bullying someone and not even aware of it. If you are upset at a person, feel like they have hurt you or are jealous of them you may find yourself responding in a bullying manner.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be bullying.
Are you being bullied or do you know of someone else being bullied? Here are some ideas about how to handle a bullying situation:
Make the choice to stand up against bullying - NOW IS THE TIME - Join the ‘AASCF BUDDY’ community which is a group of cheer and dancers who empower and support each other, lift one another up and are advocates for positivity within our sport.
Sign the AASCF BUDDY pledge HERE :-)
AASCF BUDDY - COACHES RESOURCES
As a coach, you are the leader of your athletes, team and gym. Working with athletes, parents, or even other coaches and staff you might find yourself being bullied or that you are accused of being a bully.
AM I A BULLY? ASK YOURSELF…
Below article courtesy of PLAYBYTHERULES.NET.AU
If you recognise a bully and bullying behaviour, what action should you take? Here are some tips for coaches about how to take the appropriate action if bullying is taking place in your team:
The most important step in eradicating bullying from your team is to educate all athletes, coaches, parents and staff about the issues. There are many great web sites and a lot of outstanding educational resources about bullying, discrimination and harassment available (many are listed at the end of this article). Here are some practical things you can do as a coach to help wipe out bullying:
HOW TO RESPOND TO BEING BULLIED
As an adult, handling bullying is different
TAKE THE AASCF BUDDY PLEDGE and encourage your athletes and even parents to do the same!