June 12, 2012
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is offering Korrio administrators a free Double-Goal Coach® Online Course seat ($30 value), which elaborates on the youth sports coaching and sports parenting principles in the article below.
Korrio administrators who fill out this form (limit one seat per organization) will receive a promo code. When filling out the form, be sure to select “Korrio” in the field labeled: Is your organization affiliated with a national governing body? If so, which one?*
Introduction to PCA
PCA is a national non-profit established at Stanford University in 1998 to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. This happens primarily through partnerships with schools and youth sports organizations both locally and nationally, which include live, group workshops or online courses for coaches, parents, student-athletes and school or organizational leaders.
These courses include video-based instruction from top coaches and players, such as Rick Davis and Julie Foudy. Joining them on PCA’s National Advisory Board are many other soccer stars, such as Korrio spokesperson Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Alexi Lalas and Claudio Reyna.
Your free Double-Goal Coach online course introduces three key principles of the Double-Goal Coach: Using the ELM Tree of Mastery to Redefine “Winner”; Filling Emotional Tanks; and Honoring the Game. Following are brief explanations of each principle.
Using the ELM Tree of Mastery to Redefine “Winner”
Coaches can teach their players the acronym “ELM” for Effort, Learning and Mistakes. Players who give their best Effort, continuously Learn (both sports skills and life lessons) and realize that Mistakes are OK (so they can get over their mistakes and prepare for the next play) are in the process of mastering their sports. That process makes them winners who will be successful in life – no matter what the current scoreboard says.
The scoreboard is outside of players’ control, subject to disparate talent levels, officiating, and bad breaks. Pressuring players to control what they can’t increases their anxiety, which leads to mistakes, or worse, fear of mistakes, which prevents players from giving their best, leading to poor performance and scoreboard losses.
A focus on mastery often results in a looser athlete, unafraid of mistakes and thus willing to play more aggressively, which means a better chance at scoreboard wins. Even when failing on the scoreboard, players can feel pride in their effort and continued improvement, which will serve them well throughout their lives on and off the field.
Filling Emotional Tanks
Each person has an “Emotional Tank” similar to the gas tank of a car. When the tank is empty, we go nowhere. When the tank is full, we can go just about anywhere. Coaches should fuel their players’ Emotional Tanks with a mix of five truthful, specific pieces of praise for every one specific, constructive criticism. That will keep players willing and able to work hard and wide open to all you can teach them.
Honoring the Game
Victory without honor is not victory. A positive, character-building youth sports experience means that organizational leaders, coaches, parents and athletes Honor the Game. Think of how important soccer is to all of us, and to remember how to Honor the Game, use the acronym ROOTS for respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials Teammates and Self.