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U112: Tough Coaching or Emotional Abuse: Knowing when the line has been crossed
Course Description
This very important webinar looks at emotional abuse and the criteria used to help both coaches and parents better understand where the line is drawn between a tough coach, an intense practice and one that is abusive. Criteria for emotionally abusive coaching has often been vague and when abusive tactics yield competitive results, knowing what to do becomes increasingly difficult. This webinar will break down the criteria for abuse by using domestic violence and bullying as a side by side guide. Also discussed are common traits of the abuser mentality, strategies and phrases coaches use to control their athletes, the signs that an athlete is experiencing trauma and a side by side guide of positive coaching techniques vs. ones that are deemed to be possibly abusive.


Additional Course Information
  • Course registrants must be a minimum of 16 years old.
  • This course could be triggering for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, and abusive coaching practices. To request an exception, please contact
  • The U112: Tough Coaching or Emotional Abuse course must be completed by January 10, 2022 by applicable membership categories. Click here to view which membership roles are required to complete this course.
  • To verify the completion of this course, go to your User Profile page and click on "Course History". For assistance with the course - login, navigation, technical assistance, test reset, or other needs - please email the USA Gymnastics Education Department at
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