Carole Oglesby remem­bers emo­tional abuse from her col­lege soft­ball years. In one case, the Wom­en­Sport Inter­na­tional vice pres­i­dent recalled, the female coach benched Oglesby, a top ath­lete and team starter, because of some per­sonal beef. Bad luck for her par­ents, who had driven from Los Angeles to Phoenix to watch their daughter play in the two-​​day competition.

It’s clear that bul­lying and emo­tional abuse by coaches of any gender has deep roots. But sev­eral com­plaints and law­suits in recent months focused more atten­tion on behavior that people would his­tor­i­cally expect to see more from men.

A lot of the emo­tional and more mil­i­taristic and com­bative coaching is tra­di­tion­ally male,” Oglesby said. That’s the in-​​your-​​face, dominate-​​your-​​enemy, win-​​at-​​all-​​costs approach that rarely trig­gers a second thought when it’s seen in men’s sports. Female coaches, on the other hand, have tended to take the “mas­tery approach,” where win­ning is simply a byproduct of playing your best.

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