ERIC Number: ED427004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
The Coach's Playbook Against Drugs. Portable Guide.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This booklet helps coaches educate student athletes in middle, junior high, and high school about the dangers of drugs. Athletic coaches have a special relationship with athletes and other students but often underestimate their influence on them. When they talk to their players and students about the dangers of drugs, the message is more effective because it comes from the coach. Section 1 explains the relationship between coaches and students, noting why players use drugs and how drugs really affect athletes. Section 2 examines how coaches can keep their teams drug free, offering do's and don'ts as commonsense guidelines for handling situations they may encounter. Section 3 explains how coaches can get their message across, noting that the best defense is a good offense. Ten suggestions include encouraging participation in athletics, clearly expressing their expectations that players will not use drugs, emphasizing the benefits of sports participation, encouraging athletes to set personal goals, helping students develop appropriate decision making skills, and developing meaningful relationships with students. Section 4 discusses the effects of using drugs (e.g., it hampers performance; increases the risk of drug-related problems; impairs life skills development; damages physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development; affects the game; and makes team spirit suffer). Section 5 presents a student's and a coach's pledge to beat drugs. (SM)
Descriptors: Athletes, Athletic Coaches, Drug Education, Drug Use, Elementary School Teachers, Health Promotion, Intermediate Grades, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Student Behavior, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Student Relationship
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531; Tel: 202-307-5911; Web site: www.ncjrs.org/ojjhome.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.