Our organization is committed to the principles of Positive Coaching Alliance
(PCA) and against a "win-at-all-cost" mentality. PCA calls a Positive Coach
a "Double-Goal Coach." A win-at-all-cost coach has only one goal - to win. A
Positive Coach shares that goal (wants to win) but has a second goal that is
even more important - to use the sports experience to help young people learn
"life lessons" and positive character traits that will help them be successful
throughout their lives.
Help us promote the three PCA principles which
have the power to "transform youth sports so that sports can transform youth."
The three principles, explained below, are:
"Winner," 2. Filling the Emotional Tank, and 3. Honoring the
REDEFINING "WINNER" In professional sports (which is
entertainment), there is only one goal - to have the most points at the end of a
contest. However, in youth sports (which is education), there is a second goal:
to produce young people who will be winners in life.
To help our children
get the most out of competitive sports, we need to redefine what it means to be
a "winner," Winners are people who:
* Make maximum effort *
Continue to learn and improve * Refuse to let mistakes (or fear of making
mistakes) stop them.
This is called a Mastery Orientation. PCA says that
the Tree of Mastery is an ELM Tree where ELM stands for Effort,
Learning, and rebounding from Mistakes.
If our athletes
keep these things in mind, they will develop habits that will serve them well
throughout their lives.
There is an added benefit. Athletes who are
coached with a Mastery Orientation tend to have reduced anxiety and increased
self-confidence. And when athletes feel less anxiety, they are more likely to
have fun playing their sport and to do better!
FILLING THE EMOTIONAL
Research shows that the home team wins about 60% of the time
because of the emotional support a team receives when it plays in front of its
own fans. Like gas tanks in cars, athletes have "Emotional Tanks" that need to
be filled to do their best.
There will be times when you need to correct
and criticize. Research has shown that "Magic Ratio" of 5:1 (praise to
criticism) is ideal. Help us achieve this Magic Ratio with your
HONORING THE GAME Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of
positive play, where ROOTS stands for respect for
* Rules: We don't bend the rules to win. * Opponents: A
worthy opponent is a gift that forces us to play to our highest potential. *
Officials: We treat officials with respect even when we disagree. *
Teammates: We never do anything that would embarrass our team on or off
the field. * Self: We live up to our own standards regardless of
what others do.