Just in case you have not made (or kept!) any New Year’s Resolutions, Positive Coaching Alliance would like to suggest a few. In fact, here is a whole line-up of ideas.
Some of these resolutions may prove easier to keep than others, but all will move coaches, players and their parents toward a rewarding season, where players have a positive, character-building experience.
- Help conduct a fair player draft.
- Teach players about PCA’s “ELM Tree of Mastery,” which rewards Effort, Learning and bouncing back from Mistakes.
- Recognize that the official, who may have a very different view of the game than you do, is, in fact, human and worthy of your respect.
- Finally convince that one kid not to throw his bat.
- Make it through at least one game without stepping in a wad of chewed gum on the dugout floor.
- Persuade league leaders to create a Positive Coaching culture, where coaches, parents and players get to the ROOTS of Positive Play by respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.
- Help players understand the signs...for take a pitch, for bunt, and for "flush that mistake," the PCA "mistake ritual," where coaches make a toilet flushing motion to remind players to get rid of that last mistake and prepare for the next play.
- Help parents understand the signs...including PCA's "We Honor the Game Here" banners and whenever necessary, the universal sign for "zip your lips."
- Get to a PCA Double-Goal Coach® workshop or take an online course to learn how to pursue wins while teaching life lessons.