TRASH TALKING IN SPORTS, WHATS THE HARM?
By: Tyler Bravo
We’ve all heard that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, but where do we draw the line between friendly, and frightening? Trash talking to me has always, and will always be a part of sports, not a particular game, or any specific skill level, but all sports. Whether you’re playing a pick up game of basketball in the park, a beer league softball game, or watching the pros on TV, you’re going to hear some trash talking.
The question for me is not if we should ban trash talking but to teach kids the difference between playful banter and trash talk that becomes a form of bullying. As part of an anti-bullying initiative in New Jersey, high school athletes can now be ejected from a game for taunting opponents. Many athletic officials think this initiative could serve as a model for other states.
From the time I can remember, any team I played on, or any gym class that I took provided an example of what was “acceptable” trash talking, and what was considered to be crossing the line. We would all joke and goof on one another, but if someone said, or did something that crossed the line, the teacher, or coach, would immediately intervene. Granted there were times we were without adult supervision, but sportsmanship became part of the game proving that we learned what was ok to say to somebody and what wasn’t.
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