Berkeley Little League: Coaching News

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Thursday, April 23
Honor the Game Award
 

Berkeley Little League Wins Positive Coaching Alliance’s
National Youth Sports Awards sponsored by Deloitte

 March 5, 2009, Stanford, CA – For its outstanding work in creating a positive environment for youth athletes, Bayville, NJ’s Berkeley Little League has earned Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Honoring the Game Award. The award goes to schools or organizations serving athletes of high school age or younger that embody Positive Coaching Alliance principles in using sports to teach life lessons. Honoring the Game Award winners will be recognized by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) at the Eighth Annual National Youth Sports Awards Ceremony at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion on Friday, April 24.

  “Winning an Honoring the Game Award is an amazing achievement because of the amount of work it takes to establish and maintain a positive culture in the face of so many negative influences,” said Jim Thompson, PCA’s founder and executive director. “While we honor the youth sports leaders, the real winners are the youth athletes and families who benefit from a positive sports culture.” Keying Berkeley Little League’s selection as a finalist: 

  • Outstanding service to the children, ages 5 to 18, who play in the league
  • Extensive outreach to neighboring youth sports organizations, the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball team and New Jersey media outlets to extol the virtues of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment
  • Earning PCA’s Seal of Commitment for ensuring that all Berkeley Little League coaches are trained and certified as Double-Goal Coaches®, whose first goal is winning and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports.

 “This prestigious award has excited our league. We appreciate having our efforts recognized and acknowledged,“ said Berkeley Little League president Bob Everett “The training and information Positive Coaching Alliance has brought to our organization has helped establish a terrific culture for our kids.”

 Berkeley Little League is not resting on its laurels. They have continued their commitment to making every coach a Double Goal Coach and every parent a Second Goal Parent, two of PCA’s key programs. New for this season, all of their players 13 years and up are attending PCA’s Triple Impact Competitor workshop, to help prepare them for participation in high school athletics. 

“We believe in the principles PCA promotes so strongly that we offer an open invitation to leaders of all other youth sports organizations to attend our upcoming seminars the week of March 31 to April 3, 2009. The very best way to see what PCA can do for your organization and athletes is to attend a workshop.” added Bob Everett. “Any group interested may email us at BerkeleyLL@comcast.net or go to our web page at www.berkeleylittleleague.org for more information.” 

In addition to presentations from award recipients – selected by a panel of experts in organizational culture – highlights of the ceremony include presentation of PCA’s Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement to Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University Head Women’s Basketball Coach, who has won two NCAA Championships and an Olympic Gold Medal as coach of the 1996 U.S. Women’s National Team. Joining VanDerveer at the event are many of her current and former players, including two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA star and PCA National Advisory Board Member Ruthie Bolton. Also featured: Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer and PCA National Advisory Board Member Summer Sanders. More information and online ticket sales for PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards sponsored by Deloitte are available at www.positivecoach.org/2009-awards.aspx. 


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