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INFORMATION FOR COACHES, PARENTS AND PLAYERS

SECOND-GOAL COACHING

Coaches play an incredibly influential role in the lives of athletes. Often players spend more time with their coaches than anyone else outside of the home environment. Therefore, it is important that school and youth sports organization (YSO) leaders and administrators take care in setting standards of success for the coaching staff, especially when hiring 1st-time coaches.




The Positive Coaching Alliance believes these standards are reflected not just on the scoreboard. While winning is important, it is more important that coaches teach life lessons through sports.  A coach that focuses on both of these outcomes to be a Double-Goal Coach®. Learn more about Double-Goal coaching by clicking on the link below.


http://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/double-goal-coach-job-description

SECOND-GOAL PARENTING

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MANAGER, MIKE MATHENY, AUTHOR OF THE MATHENY MANIFESTO... A MUST-READ FOR LITTLE LEAGUE® PARENTS


In 2008, some local parents approached current St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny about coaching their youth baseball team the following spring. One night, he wrote a long letter to the parents outlining guidelines and rules that would have to be in place if he were to manage the team, a team that would include his ten-year-old son. The letter began...Dear Fellow Parents: I’ve always said I would coach only a team of orphans. Why? Because the biggest problem in youth sports is the parents. The letter eventually became the book, The Matheny Manifesto, an eye-opening, honest look at the role parents should play in today’s youth sports. The Parent Connection recently visited with Matheny, a Little League® father, to discuss his popular new book. 

Read more here.http://www.littleleague.org/learn/newsletters/ParentConnection/2015/tpcmay/mike-matheny-interview.htm




As a parent, you want the best possible experience for your Little Leaguer®. But sometimes emotions run high - for you, your child, coaches and umpires - which may mean a bad experience. Knowingly or not, you as the parent may be negatively influencing your child's experience. You as the parent have more control over the quality of your child's experience than you may realize.

Little League is pleased to offer to all Little League® parents a free online learning opportunity from Positive Coaching Alliance. Featuring video-based sports-parenting tips from Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member and Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa, the Little League Second-Goal Parent Quick Course provides a great foundation to start off the Little League season.

The interactive 30-minute course provides specific tips and tools that help you help your children get the most out of their Little League experience, letting players and coaches pursue the goal of winning, while you as a parent focus on a second, more important goal, ensuring your kids get all the valuable life lessons that baseball and softball uniquely offer.

To get started on the best season of your Little League life, take the course now.


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a long-time national partner of Little League, is a national non-profit organization committed to developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.





Dealing With Umpires

Check out this informative article from Little League International on dealing with Umpires. http://www.littleleague.org/learn/newsletters/CBNewsletter/2015/cbapr15/pca.htm

Little League International and The Positive Coaching Alliance have released a video on dealing with umpire calls. You can learn more about managers, coaches, players, and parents working with umpires in this video of former Major League Baseball player and manager Jerry Manuel, which is included in a new website of free PCA resources at www.PCADevZone.org.



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