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PCA Coaching Article

Volume 7, No. 2 - Feb./March 2012

Three Little League Coaches Win PCA National Double-Goal Coach® Awards

By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

Three Little League coaches are among the 20 national winners of PCA’s 2012 Double-Goal Coach Awards:

  • John Cheesbrew, Spotsylvania County Little League Softball (Fredericksburg, VA)
  • Greg Jones, Palma Ceia Little League Baseball (Tampa, FL)
  • Bill Nachtigal, Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League (Mamaroneck, NY)

The 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 website, e-newsletters and media campaigns.

“John, Greg and Bill help their Little League players win on and off the field,” said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson, author of eight books on youth and high school sports, including Elevating Your Game (for student-athletes); The Power of Double-Goal Coaching and Positive Sports Parenting. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving youth as a Double-Goal Coach, they help their athletes become better competitors and better people.”

Cheesbrew, who has coached his high school-age son and 11-year-old daughter, each season, addresses his players and their parents to explain his coaching philosophy: “We’re going to learn fundamentals, because fundamentals win games. We’re a team. Not just one player can win or lose a game. I also talk about attitude. There are no attitudes on this team other than positive attitudes. If someone gets down, pick him up. Coaches and players are going to make mistakes. That’s part of the game. What matters is how you respond.”

Jones, an attorney, brings a focus on life lessons to his coaching, driven by a realistic perspective of his players’ athletic futures. “The chance of these kids making a dime once they get past me and into high school and college is probably zero to none. So you want to instill positives in them and make them want to come back….One thing I try to teach is that we win together or lose together as a team. You have to pick your teammates up as you do in life if your friends or family get down. I also teach them that sometimes an umpire makes a bad call, and that can happen outside the white lines, too, and you have to live with that and learn from it.”

In teaching life lessons to his players, Nachtigal focuses on the value of effort. “I want players to learn to put in the effort and to enjoy doing that regardless of the outcome. I want them to learn teamwork, because in all my time in the corporate world, you can tell when people have had good teamwork experience. Committing yourself to something is very important, and I encourage the kids through their mistakes, because that’s going to help them not be afraid to fail in whatever they do.”


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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