How Double-Goal Coaching Helped Pearl City Little League Juniors to 2007 Title
By David Jacobson
Positive Coaching Alliance
How did Pearl City Little League Juniors grow into champions? It all started with ROOTS, the acronym we use in the Little League Double-Goal Coach Course to help people remember to respect Rules, Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self.
“I always stress ROOTS,” said Betty Nago, the District Administrator for Hawaii’s District Seven, who sent her coaches to live Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach workshops courtesy of Hawaii Winter Baseball League. “The team that won last year had great teamwork, really picked each other up, never blamed each other for errors and showed great sportsmanship.”
Much of that behavior reflects Double-Goal Coaching cultural values District 7 has implemented from top to bottom. “We get a lot of nice comments,” Nago said. “The players have fun. The kids and adults who are watching chase foul balls and we give them a pin when they return the balls. Our board members are very supportive, and we always have a big appreciation party, where we include the umpires.”
Pearl City’s coaches also applied specific Double-Goal Coach techniques to get the most out of players. “The coaches respected the boys,” Nago said. “They never yelled at them. They praised players when they did well and encouraged them when they needed it. The coaches were very positive and the kids responded. Whenever they were losing, they managed to come back, and it’s because of how the coaches talked to the players, never talking down to them.”
That’s a winning formula for any team, league or district.
For more ideas on getting the most out of your players while teaching life lessons, take the Little League Double-Goal Coach Course at www.positivecoach.org/LittleLeague.