Perhaps one of the largest social benefits of sport is building relationships with other participants and camaraderie with teammates.  Cycling brings people together, ties people by their common interests and goals and helps foster a sense of community.  Participating in a team or club should not come with additional requirements that get in the way of enjoying cycling.  Violence and harassment should never be involved in any rite of passage.  Hazing is not tolerated by USA Cycling.


Hazing is subjecting a participant to harassment or ridicule; especially in an initiation process.  Activities that fit the definition of hazing are considered to be hazing regardless of an athlete’s willingness to cooperate or participate.  Hazing includes any act or conduct described as hazing under federal or state law.

Examples of hazing prohibited by this policy include, without limitation:

1. Harassment Hazing

  • Verbal abuse
  • Threats or implied threats
  • Sexual simulations or sexual acts of any nature
  • Forcing social actions (inappropriate clothing) or public displays of nudity that are illegal or meant to draw ridicule

2. Violent Hazing

  • Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption
  • Beating, paddling, or other forms of physical assault
  • Tying, taping, or otherwise physically restraining an athlete


Hazing does not include group or team activities meant to establish normative team behavior or promote team cohesion.  Examples include: encouraging junior athletes to arrive early and set up training equipment; giving senior athletes first preference in team assignments, responsibilities, accommodations, facilities, or equipment.

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