Topic 3 How to use critical thinking and self-reflection on personal biases to discern subtle and overt indicators of GBV

Using critical thinking and self-reflection on personal biases to discern subtle and overt indicators of gender-based violence (GBV) in basketball involves a tailored approach due to the unique dynamics of sports settings. By applying critical thinking and self-reflection to your observations and interactions in a basketball environment, you can better discern subtle and overt indicators of GBV and take proactive steps to address this issue within the sport.

Following you will find a short guide.

Understand that biases in sports settings can be influenced by factors such as competitiveness, team dynamics, and traditional gender norms. Reflect on your own biases regarding athletes, coaches, and the culture of basketball. Consider how these biases might impact your perceptions of GBV.

Learn about the various forms of GBV that can occur in basketball, including verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual harassment, and controlling behavior. Familiarize yourself with the specific challenges and vulnerabilities that athletes may face in basketball settings.

Question stereotypes about athletes and gender roles in basketball. Abstain from beliefs that there is a link between athleticism and aggression or violence. Examine how these stereotypes may shape your interpretation of behaviors on the court.

Be attentive for subtle and overt indicators of GBV, including controlling behavior, harassment, intimidation, threats, isolation, and physical or emotional violence.

Pay close attention to interactions between players, coaches, referees, and spectators during basketball events. Look for signs of GBV, such as verbal insults, threats, physical aggression, or coercive control. Consider the context in which these behaviors occur, including power dynamics and team culture.

Reflect on the norms and values within the basketball team or organization. Consider how these factors may shape behavior and attitudes towards GBV. Evaluate whether there are patterns of behavior that are tolerated or even encouraged within the team culture.

Take the perspectives and experiences of athletes seriously. Listen to their concerns and observations about GBV in basketball. Create a safe space for athletes to voice their experiences and seek support if needed.

Take advantage of training programs, workshops, and resources that prevent GBV in sports. These resources can provide valuable knowledge and tools for identifying and addressing GBV in basketball settings.

Initiate conversations within the basketball community about GBV prevention and response. Advocate for policies and practices promoting respect, equality, and safety within the sport. Encourage open discussion and collaboration to address GBV effectively.

Ensure that your basketball organization has clear policies and procedures to address GBV. Familiarize yourself with reporting mechanisms and support resources available to players.