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 (e.g., grossly inappropriate or provocative clothing) or public displays (e.g., public 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
  • Sleep deprivation, or the witholding of water and/or food

3. Ignoring Hazing

  • The act of ignoring hazing is also prohibited, particularly when an adult with supervisory authority ignores the misconduct.


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.


Upon proof of a violation of USA Cycling's policies regarding hazing, the offender will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from USA cycling and referral to law enforcement authorities.

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