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Positive Coaching - October 2007


Volume 2, No. 4  

   June 2007


Advice on Injured Players
Bob Henderson
Positive Coaching Alliance

Further evidence of the importance of Little League’s partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance arrived in the form of the following e-mail (edited for length):

Dear PCA,

I feel compelled to write to you and report on my recent experience and the effect of using the PCA approach, methods and training.

Last year (2006), I was manager of my 11 year old son's little league team and became (Little League Double-Goal Coach) certified during the season…We had a "positive" season, (but finished last) with a 6-13 record…I tried hard to stay positive and keep the focus on fun. However, last place still did not sit too well with me in the off season and I thought about it a lot.

I reviewed the PCA material further and read the "Double Goal Coach" book, which helped me identify some changes that I was able to implement (in 2007). I had concluded I was...too focused on "fun" and lacked some on the discipline side. I had not made the link that you can have both while still remaining positive. I handed out PCA material at the parent's meeting at the beginning of season and told them how I would be managing the team and why.

We began the season 1-3 with a 10-0 loss in game 4…Although I was tempted to change my approach…I stuck with the PCA approach and kept telling the boys to work hard (focus on effort), learn and improve and to stay positive. I told them if they did this, good things would happen (not that we would win)…I tried my best to maintain the 5:1 ratio as much as possible, keep a strong team chemistry and make sure there was no fear of making mistakes.

And then....BANG!...we won 14 straight games…won the playoff for league championship and won…5 more games in a row to become D9 TOC Champions!!! What an unbelievable turnaround.

We were losing in each of the last 4 TOC games and came back to win each one. While we (coaching staff) were frustrated at times, we did not "go negative" during these games…The boys stayed loose and confident which I believe was the key to actually being able to come back.

I was a believer of the Little League Double-Goal Coach philosophy when I came across the site last year as I knew in my heart that these techniques would result in a much better "experience" for the kids than focusing on winning at all costs. However, it was not until this year that I became a true believer that this approach actually results in a higher level of performance both individually and as a team. I can say this now because I saw it happen in front of my eyes over and over all season long. I saw a transformation happen. It was a truly magical season that I can not fully explain.

I would like to formally thank PCA (and Little League)…You helped me achieve a dream season in every way possible and I now have a priceless experience and memory for my son and I that will be talked about often and cherished forever.

Best regards,
Bob Henderson
Manager, Hollister American Major A's
2007 Season Champions
2007 District 9 Champions


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