The 78th Precinct Youth Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for children to play sports in a safe and nurturing environment. We believe that winning is not a function of the score in one game or the record in one season, but rather the summation of the sports experience provided to a player. In the final analysis, in any game, one team is going to have more points, or more runs than the other team; so the record cannot be the only measure of success.
The concepts of teamwork, dedication, and personal responsibility encompass values that go far beyond the playing fields, and can provide youth with a foundation that lasts a lifetime.
Sadly, studies show that over 75% of young players stop playing organized sports by the time they reach 14 years of age. The primary reason given by the players is that too much emphasis is placed on winning, and that they are no longer simply having fun.
Additionally, research shows that coaches are the primary facilitators of how players view their sports experience. Coaches who build on players strengths and positively motivate them to accomplish their goals are far more likely to have players return to the sport, irrespective of the season’s outcome.
In order to better prepare our coaches to successfully navigate the path between the desire to win individual games and the need to ensure that the overall sports experience is a positive one for all players, the 78th Precinct Youth Council, in 2008, entered into a partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance. This Stanford University based organization was founded to provide training and tools that help coaches and parents understand the long-term goals of the youth sports experience, and to incorporate those goals in their games, their practices, and their conversations.
At this point, over 100 of our coaches have been certified in Positive Coaching by attending a live PCA workshop, or having taken the online version of the Double Goal coach course. It is our intention to have all our coaches certified by 2010.
About the Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 6,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes.
Since Executive Director Jim Thompson founded PCA as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, we have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 3 million youth athletes.
In face-to-face group workshops, dynamic PCA Trainers:
- Train youth and high school sports coaches to become Double-Goal Coaches ®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports;
- Develop Second-Goal Parents, who focus on helping their youth athletes learn those life lessons;
- Cultivate Triple-Impact Competitors, student athletes who strive to improve themselves, their teammates and their sport as a whole.
PCA gains support from elite coaches and athletes, including Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson as PCA National Spokesperson. Our National Advisory Board comprises such leaders as NBA and NCAA Champion Coach Larry Brown, former senator Bill Bradley, NFL Hall of Fame Member Ronnie Lott, Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medal gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball Retired Head Coach Dean Smith, Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, and Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards.
Our partners, trainers, workshop attendees, National Advisory Board members and thousands of individuals, foundations and corporations together lead the Positive Coaching movement that is sweeping youth sports in this nation and beyond.
For more information, or to take a coach or parent course online, please go to positivecoach.org