Volume 6, No. 3 - April 2011
Menlo-Atherton Little League Coaches Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman Win Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach® Award
Menlo-Atherton Little League Coaches Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman have won Positive Coaching Alliance's coveted Double-Goal Coach Award for their positive impact on youth athletes. Crowe and Kaufman will accept the award at PCA's 10th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction Sponsored by Deloitte, Thursday, April 7 at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, in a ceremony that also honors San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy with PCA's Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Double-Goal Coach Award – named for coaches whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports – carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within PCA's websites and newsletters.
"Bob and Doug are creating a positive, character-building sports experience for their Little Leaguers," said PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson. "Ultimately, the youth athletes Bob and Doug coach are the real winners, and as those athletes grow, our society as a whole wins."
Crowe and Kaufman launched Menlo-Atherton Little League's Challenger team for youth with physical, mental and emotional challenges, such as autism. "Doug and Bob are two of the most compassionate people you could possibly encounter," wrote one of their nominators. "Their continued selfless acts have had a profound impact on our baseball community. Through their countless hours of planning and organization they have created a gem we can all be proud of."
Among the elements Crowe and Kaufman introduced to the Challenger team is a "buddy system" that couples volunteers with players who need assistance on the field. This affords the young volunteers some valuable life lessons and also frees the players' parents to have the traditional opportunity to cheer for their children from the stands, rather than assisting them on-field.
In addition to their roles with the Challenger team, Crowe and Kaufman have served Menlo-Atherton Little League in other capacities for years and also have coached at local schools. "Whenever I get a team," said Kaufman, "I tell them there is one key rule they cannot break. They have to be positive with their teammates. If they win as a team, great. If they lose as a team, great. But it's got to be done as a team."
In his wealth of coaching experience, Crowe has learned, "Do not give up on anybody. Some of these kids really have challenges, but all of them have made great strides. One person could not get out of the dugout the first game. Another couldn't look anyone in the eye and was too afraid to go up to the plate and hit. Now that person hits, and turns around with arms raised in victory formation and waits for applause from the stands."
For more ideas on getting the most out of your players while teaching life lessons, take the Little League Double-Goal Coach® Course at http://shopping.positivecoach.org/Little-League-DGC