Children can benefit immensely from the life lessons offered by participation in sports. Year-round athletics is an excellent breeding ground for the cultivation of passion, perseverance, resilience, organization, and a healthy approach towards winning and defeat. When viewed from this perspective, the adults in the game possess a tremendous responsibility; especially those who impact players the most—parents and coaches.
Research shows that 70 percent of kids stop playing organized sports by the age of 13, simply because “it’s just not fun anymore.” In contrast, studies correlate the pursuit of high level athletics with young people excelling in school, staying fit, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and building self esteem. For these reasons, the Hawaii Soccer Federation – Maui and Kauaʻi, Hawaii Futsal – Maui and Big Island, the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association – Maui and Kauaʻi, and the Kauaʻi Soccer Association decided to take on a proactive role in leadership by becoming partner agencies in providing its coaches, adult referees, and in some cases, parents and athletes with Positive Coaching Alliance workshops. The purpose of the agreement between agencies is to:
Positive Coaching Alliance is a national organization dedicated to transforming the youth sports culture to a positive, character-building experience, where the collective goal is to develop athletes as people first, and players second. PCA workshops combine the latest in sports and educational psychology and organizational behavior with practical advice from a National Advisory Board of top pro and college athletes and coaches who use PCA principles at the highest levels of competition.
The first workshop for Kauaʻi’s competitive soccer coaches and referees yielded nearly 50 attendees. When asked about his first PCA experience, Kevin Devitt of HSF and HYSA Kauaʻi stated:
PCA Hawaii Trainer, Kiha Pimental, added, “I am grateful for an honest, attentive and engaged group of coaches. I loved their honesty and transparency.”
DOUBLE-GOAL COACH®: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons establishes PCA’s premise that youth and high school sports entail the goal of winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Each attendee leaves as a PCA-certified Double-Goal Coach, learning how to Coach for Mastery of Sport (Not Just the Scoreboard); Fill Emotional Tanks; and Honor the Game.
THE SECOND-GOAL PARENT®: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports draws from the Double-Goal Coach model (winning and life lessons) to help parents focus on the second goal, ensuring their children gain the higher value of youth and high school sports regardless of scoreboard results.
BECOMING A TRIPLE-IMPACT COMPETITOR® trains student-athletes of middle-school age and older to impact sport on three levels by working to improve themselves, teammates and their sport as a whole.