Positive Coaching Alliance

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  • About PCA

    Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. USA Water Polo has a valuable partnership with PCA to bring these resources to our clubs and members. Together we want to provide tools to members to promote a positive, character-building sports experience. All participants have a role in creating a safe environment in which athletes can grow.

    PCA Vision

    In a positive youth sports culture, all resources do not flow to the elite level. Athletes have options determined by their ability and interest. Elite athletes compete in "meritocratic" environments in which a place on the team and playing time are determined by ability, performance and effort. Less talented or skilled athletes, or simply athletes who want a different kind of experience, have the option to play in developmental or recreational programs in which they are guaranteed the right to play at least a part of every game.

    At every level, players are proud to have their families and friends see them play. Knowing that they are an important part of the team contributes to this proud feeling; their coaches are supportive and do not embarrass them in front of those watching; they are confident that their parents are supportive and will not confront the officials over questionable calls; and ultimately, they know that those watching are proud of them whether or not they win the game.

    This positive culture encourages athletes to play multiple sports and never pressures players to specialize in one sport too early in their careers. Coaches resist the urge to pressure their players to give up other sports besides their own, realizing that what might give them the best winning percentage is not always the same as what is in their players' best interest.

     See more of the PCA Vision 

  • PCA calls coaches Double-Goal Coaches because they have two goals. One goal is to win. Make no mistake: we're not against competition. Competition provides the opportunity for many good things to happen. But a Double-Goal Coach has a second goal: to teach players life lessons-which are ultimately more important than winning.

    PCA provides FREE tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and club administrators. You can be the leader who brings character education through sports to your community by partnering your school or youth sports organization with Positive Coaching Alliance.

    Youth Sports Coaches: Learn the principles of the Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports.

    Youth Sports Parents: Understand what it means to be a Second-Goal Parent, focused on helping youth athletes take life lessons from sports through these techniques in communicating with your children and their coaches.

    Athletes: Check out our Triple-Impact Competitor resources for making yourself better, making your team better and making the game better!

    Youth Sports Leaders: Help your organization become an outstanding educational-athletic program with our Roadmap to Excellence and other tools.

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