About Positive Coaching Alliance

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 475,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses. PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.

As part of a targeted effort to provide the most positive environment possible for its youth athletes, Bartlett Park District is sponsoring coaches workshops in the next year in conjunction with PCA. The two-hour workshop provides coaches with tools they can use to become Double-Goal Coaches® - coaches who want to both win and develop the character of their players. PCA works with coaches, organizational leaders and parents to teach young athletes not only how to win, but also how to learn about teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting through their sports experience.

 “Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the United States, we've developed practical tools and guidelines to help youth athletes, their coaches and parents realize that winning is not only reflected in game scores but also in the effort players give, the learning and improvement they achieve, and the ability they develop to bounce back from mistakes,” said Jim Thompson, founder and director of Positive Coaching Alliance.

The next workshop will be on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 9-11am in the Oak Room at Bartlett Community Center. All Bartlett Park District youth sport coaches (soccer, basketball and softball) are welcome to attend. Additional information and invites will be sent to assigned coaches by either Lynsey Heathcote or Scott Falli, Recreation Managers.