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Positive Coach Alliance Workshops

09/15 for Coaches; 09/16 for Parents

East Brunswick Soccer Club is a partner with Positive Coaching Alliance ("PCA"), a group which emphasizes creating an appropriate environmnent in which our players can enjoy the game and develop to their fullest - a positive environment, not a negative one.  This environment is created through the actions of the adults in the Club - the coaches and the parents.  As part of PCA, we host a number of workshops every year, including a Coaches’ Workshop and a Parents’ Workshop, which have been scheduled to take place next week at Bowne-Munro Elementary, 120 Main Street.   EBSC strongly encourages all Coaches and Parents to attend their respective workshops.

  • Coaches’ Workshop - Tuesday, 09/15, 7:30 pm
  • Parents’ Workshop - Wednesday, 09/16, 7:30 pm

Read on for more  information about PCA ...

East Brunswick Soccer Club is a partner with Positive Coaching Alliance ("PCA"), a group which emphasizes creating an appropriate environmnent in which our players can enjoy the game and develop to their fullest - a positive environment, not a negative one.  This environment is created through the actions of the adults in the Club - the coaches and the parents.  As part of PCA, we host a number of workshops every year, including a Coaches’ Workshop and a Parents’ Workshop, which have been scheduled to take place next week at Bowne-Munro Elementary, 120 Main Street.   EBSC strongly encourages all Coaches and Parents to attend their respective workshops.

  • Coaches’ Workshop - Tuesday, 09/15, 7:30 pm
  • Parents’ Workship - Wednesday, 09/16, 7:30 pm

What does it mean to “Partner” with PCA?

  • PCA partners make a commitment to create and maintain an “Honoring the Game” culture throughout their organization. In partnering with PCA, organizations learn how to get the adults in their organization (leaders, coaches, and parents) on the same page in this culture-shaping effort. The ultimate objective is that these adults can then provide young athletes with an environment in which they can enjoy sports and learn valuable life lessons. Your partnership begins with three (or more) highly interactive workshops, presented by a certified PCA Trainer who brings personal coaching experience, expertise in youth sports issues and a passion for sports. These workshops and the additional PCA resource materials provide your organization leaders, coaches and parents with the very latest in tools and best practices from the world of sports psychology, education, and business. These proven, research-based tools can be put to use at your next board meeting, practice, and your next game!

Is PCA’s program the right choice for my organization?

  • If your goal is to create (or strengthen) an “Honoring the Game” culture that promotes the behaviors and values you want to see in your players, coaches and fans, PCA is here to help you reach that objective. Organizations that seek out PCA do so for at least one of the following reasons:
    • To give their athletes a better experience and more fun playing
    • To develop better coaches through a more successful Coach Development program
    • To get parents and coaches on the same page about what it means to Honor the Game
    • To increase the organization’s ability to recruit and retain coaches, officials, volunteers, and athletes
Where and when do PCA workshops take place? How long are they?
  • PCA comes to your community. You just tell us when and where. PCA partners pick the dates and times when you will be able to get the best attendance (usually weekday evenings or weekend days). PCA workshops run two hours in length.Partners schedule the venue, which, depending on expected attendance, can range from a school classroom to a multi-purpose room, gymnasium, or theater. Most of our partners have no problem finding a local school or community center to host the workshops (for free).
Who presents the workshops?
  • One of PCA’s greatest strengths is our talented group of certified PCA Trainers (workshop presenters) located throughout the country. All of PCA’s certified Trainers have either high school or college coaching experience and bring a wealth of knowledge about youth sports to each workshop they present. They consistently rank an average of 4.5 (or higher) out of 5 on post-workshop evaluations.

 

Guidelines for Honoring the Game

The key to preventing adult misbehavior in youth sports is a youth sports culture in which all involved "Honor the Game." Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of the matter and involves respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one’s Self. You don’t bend the rules to win. You understand that a worthy opponent is a gift that forces you to play to your highest potential. You show respect for officials even when you disagree. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your team. You live up to your own standards even if others don’t. Here are ways that parents can create a positive youth sports culture so that children will have fun and learn positive character traits to last a lifetime.

Before the Game:
  1. Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.
  2. Tell your child before each game that you are proud of him or her regardless of how well he or she plays.

During the Game:
  1. Fill your children’s "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.
  2. Don’t give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.
  3. Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)
  4. Mention good calls by the official to other parents.
  5. If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game—BE SILENT!
  6. If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.
  7. Don’t do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?"
  8. Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.

After the Game:
  1. Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.
  2. Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.
  3. Don’t give advice. Instead ask your child what he or she thought about the game and then LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.
  4. Tell your child again that you are proud of him or her, whether the team won or lost.

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