Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.

Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • Youth experience improved life skills and character development.  They also perform better!
  • Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

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The Partnership and The Opportunity

Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Kinesiology is partnering with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to offer 4-week, self-paced, online continuing education courses for coaches and other sport leaders. These courses offer coaches and teachers an opportunity to expand their knowledge. The courses are written by experts in coaching education and sport psychology and based on PCA principles. The focus is on evidence-based, applied, ready-to-implement leadership tools and strategies that can be applied to any profession.

Each course is aligned with a PCA course, so participants will have the opportunity to earn coaching certifications through PCA along with course credit. They can be taken in any order and/or simultaneously. Each course involves several learning modules focused on the content described below.  Students earn graduate level continuing education credits and/or clock hour hours.

Learn From the Best!

  • PCA is the leading youth sport coach education organization in the United States. Since 1998, they’ve partnered with over 3,500 schools and reached 19.2 million athletes. Their coaching principles are backed by the leading scholars in their fields and supported by some of the top athletes and coaches in the world:
  • Julie Foudy, Steve Kerr, Aja Evans, Paul DeJong, Mary Wise, Sanya-Richards-Ross, Herm Edwards, Dusty Baker . . . and many more!
  • PLU’s Department of Kinesiology is ranked as the #1 program for Kinesiology in both WA and the PNW as well as #47 nationally (source: Niche 2020 Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy). All faculty in the department have experienced a PCA trainer development course. 
  • Current Course Instructors
    • Dr. Colleen Hacker
        • Six-time Olympic Games Coaching Staff
        • PCA National Advisory Board Member
        • United States Olympic and Paralympic Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry
        • Mental skills coach to professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports, including: MLB, NFL, MLS, PGA, LPGA, NWPS, USA swimming, crew, track and field, tennis
        • Lead collegiate team to 5 consecutive national soccer championships, winning three national titles and becoming the first female coach to win a national soccer championship.
    • Dr. Mallory Mann
        • Teaches coaching effectiveness course at PLU
        • Coached at the Division I and Division III level
        • Current PCA-certified trainer

Program Design

Each course is aligned with a PCA course, so participants will have the opportunity to earn coaching certifications through PCA along with course credit. They can be taken in any order and/or simultaneously. Each course involves several learning modules focused on the content described below.  Students earn graduate level continuing education credits and/or clock hour hours.

Course Descriptions

Positive coaching will be defined and the effect on the athlete’s participation, persistence, effort, performance and sport experience will be explained.  We will focus on delivering feedback on time and appropriately as well as creating an effective team climate.  Specifically, this course will focus on the following PCA principles:

  • Filling the athletes’ E-tanks
  • ELM Tree of Mastery
  • Honoring the game

In addition, data and research supporting the purpose and efficacy of implementing positive coaching techniques will be explored.

June 4, 2020-July 2, 2020
or
July 16 – August 6, 2020

This course will help develop skills to create a team culture of excellence.  Creating dynamic practices and using research-driven strategies for motivating athletes before, during and after practice will be a specific focus.  Coaches who complete the course are equipped to build a team culture that provides an environment for athletes to thrive, love their experience with sports, and channel their energy into reaching their potential.

  • Creating effective practices
  • Developing motivational environments
  • Emphasizes PCA concepts related to athlete motivation, Honoring the Game, and other elements of the ELM Tree

June 25 – July 9, 2020
or
July 23 – August 13, 2020

This course deepens and extends the principles of PCA’s Double Goal Coach:  Triple Impact Competitor course.  Helping coach’s work with athletes to implement the Triple Impact Competitor mindset will be a particular focus.  Special attention will be given to theories and applications associated with personal mastery and leadership development in athletes.  The PCA principle of Honoring the Game will also be explored.

not currently scheduled

This course deepens and extends the principles presented in PCA’s Secoond Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life Through Sport.  Special attention is paid to the knowledge and skills coaches need to develop effective and productive parent-coach relationships.  An examination of critical socio-cultural factors that influence youth sport will be a particular focus. In addition, specific PCA tools will also be covered including effective and developmentally appropriate communication strategies for parents to use with their athlete, and techniques to maximize appropriate parental behavior in order to provide a positive game day experience for athletes.

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This course deepens and extends the principles presented in PCA’s Honoring the Game: The Official’s role in Creating a Positive Youth Sport Culture.  Specific focus will be paid to how coaches can work effectively with officials to develop a mastery mindset and to build a strong culture of sportsperson-ship on and off the field.  The course examines the research and theories behind the best practices of officials from across the country and from a wide variety of sports.

not currently scheduled

This program has been designed specifically for:

  • Coaches, teachers, athletic administrators – ANYONE looking to improve their leadership 
  • People looking for graduate level continuing education credits
  • People who need to earn clock hours in WA 

Location: 
Tacoma, WA

Cost:

  • $165.00 per course

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Credit Type: 

  • Graduate Continuing Education Credits: 1
  • WA approved Clock Hours:  15

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