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PCA Article

Volume 6, No. 8 - October 2011

Nominate Coaches for PCA's Double-Goal Coach® Award

By Positive Coaching Alliance

The annual nomination period for PCA's Double-Goal Coach® Award has opened, and we hope you will nominate Little League Baseball and Softball managers and coaches, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports.

Last year, Menlo-Atherton (CA) Little League Coaches Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman won a Double-Goal Coach Award for their work with a Challenger team. Surely, there are thousands more out there with similar dedication to youth, who should be nominated. We are sure because of how many local Little Leagues partner with PCA to train their coaches and how many coaches have completed the Little League Double-Goal Coach Online Course!

Winners of this prestigious national honor receive a $250 cash award, a plaque, and recognition in PCA's publications, website and media campaigns. Throughout the six years of PCA's national partnership with Little League, we have enjoyed a great history of honoring Little League managers and coaches, who have been nominated.

The nomination deadline is December 31, 2011! 

Criteria of a Double-Goal Coach

  • Redefines "Winner" through the ELM Tree of Mastery (where ELM stands for Effort, Learning and Mistakes are OK). Rather than a strict scoreboard orientation, a Double-Goal coach teaches players that a "winner" makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
  • Fills Players' Emotional Tanks, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player's "Emotional Tank," like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
  • Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

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, and for a video that explains Double-Goal Coaching in more detail, visit http://www.littleleague.org/pca


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