Corona American Little League: Positive Coaching Alliance

Friday, March 26
Coaching Tip from Phil Jackson

A big advantage of being part of the PCA Movement is the chance to learn from some of the best (and most positive) coaches in the world.  Recently Los Angeles Lakers Coach and PCA National Spokesperson Phil Jackson shared some of his insights about getting the best out of his players with a group of PCA supporters.

Click here to see video clips from the PCA evening with Phil Jackson and hear some of Phil's insights.

Although he talks about the pro athletes he has coached, Phil's advice also applies to coaching youth sports. For example, during timeouts, while he takes a moment to discuss strategy with his assistants, he lets players find "a safe spot, a rooted spot" from which they can best perform when they return to the court. You'll be amazed at Shaquille O'Neal's response to this approach, and you may be even more amazed if you take the same approach with your players.

Such insights find their way into PCA's live, group workshops as well as our online coaching and parenting courses, books, website and newsletters.

PCA thanks Karen Francis and Rick DeGolia for making the Chalk Talk possible; we thank Phil Jackson for being so generous with his time, spirit and insights; and we thank you for taking some Phil's ideas back to the youth athletes you are developing as players and as people.



Thursday, March 25
Roger Barta: Profile of a Double-Goal Coach
In celebration of the 2010 winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, PCA Connector will occasionally profile these coaches. First up is Roger Barta, Head Football Coach at Smith Center (Kan.) High School.

Joe Drape, a sportswriter for The New York Times, nominated Barta after writing about his program in Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen. Wrote Drape in his nomination letter for Barta: "He's the most inspiring coach I've ever been around in 25 years of sports journalism."

The nomination arrived just before the end of Smith Center's 79-game winning streak. Reading Our Boys gives you deep insight into Barta, and this small taste from Drape's essay in The New York Times after the streak ended provides a fascinating glimpse into a true Double-Goal Coach and a wonderful example of an entire community (players, coaches, fans) knowing what it means to Honor the Game!

"Barta, like everyone else, knew the day would come when the streak would end. Long after the Redmen had accepted their runner-up trophy here and answered the questions from reporters about how it felt to lose for the first time, Barta addressed his team in a locker room overflowing with fathers, grandfathers and former players, all of whom were holding hands. It has long been one of his signature practices.

"Nobody hang their heads in here," Barta said. "We have lined up 80 times against teams, and finally one of them got us in a game that is going to go down there in the history books. They were a play better than us today.
"We've never judged ourselves on wins and losses. We've measured ourselves on whether we have been there for each other," he continued. "You guys have been there along. What you and those who came before you have achieved over 79 games is something a lot of schools in America would like to say they have done."

In PCA workshops we talk about Honoring-the-Game crunch time in which coaches will have the opportunity to show what they are made of.  We know what Roger Barta is made of and PCA and Liberty Mutual Insurance are proud to honor him as a Double-Goal Coach national winner for 2010.


Monday, March 2
Positive Coaching Alliance Handouts - Coaches

The partnership between Positive Coaching Alliance and Corona American Little League has provided us with useful information on how to make our children's experience in sports a positive one. Please click the coaches link below and take the time to read over the attached handouts so you can give all your participating players the encouragement they deserve.


Handout: Coaches Files

Monday, March 2
Positive Coaching Alliance Handouts - Parents

The partnership between Positive Coaching Alliance and Corona American Little League has provided us with useful information on how to make our children's experience in sports a positive one. Please click the Parents link below and take the time to read over the attached handouts so you can give your children the encouragement they deserve.


Handout: Parent Files