Do you give your team guidelines for locker room talk?

The events from the last week during this political season have been shocking, disturbing, and sad. 

I've heard from several coaches about the challenges of being a coach during these political times of turmoil. 

Coaches want their teams and their locker rooms to be safe places where everyone can feel accepted and included rather than disrespected and excluded.

Yet if team conversations turn to politics and people are on opposing sides, it's hard to imagine how a positive environment can be maintained.

It would be easy to place a ban on political discussions entirely - on or off the field, and in or out of the locker room.

Yet, is that the best approach?

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