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.

PLAYLIST - Claudio Reyna speaks with PCA at the NSCAA:  (1) Winning vs. Development; (2) When to Specialize & Pursue More; (3) High School vs. Academy Teams

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:

Improve sportsmanship amongst adults involved in Hawaiʻi’s competitive youth soccer environment; encourage adults to have a more positive attitude and behavior towards each other; and to emphasize the role of adults as partners and not as opponents, superiors or subordinates.
— Memorandum of Understanding (PCA Partnership)

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:

I really enjoyed the training.  As the one who has been coaching the longest in the class, I thought how lucky the new and upcoming coaches are to have this available to them.  They won’t have to learn the hard way.  In fact, I used some of the communication tips this past week in my training sessions.  I think we’ve taken a huge leap forward

PCA Hawaii Trainer, Kiha Pimental, added, “I am grateful for an honest, attentive and engaged group of coaches. I loved their honesty and transparency.”

As league operators, we want to create the best environment for our kids.  We want to develop lifelong players and lovers of the game.  This PCA partnership is a responsible approach towards achieving this.  Through my own experience in attending PCA’s with the All PONO Sports organization, I’ve become a better coach, better father, better husband.  I’m not done yet.  I want us all to be better.
— Vernon Kapuaʻala, President, Hawaii Soccer Federation & Hawaii Futsal
Based on the experience at a recent workshop, the future is bright for Hawaiʻi’s soccer-playing youth.  The coaches who participated showed a wealth of good intention and enthusiasm for the Positive Coaching Alliance message.  It is clear that the Hawaii Soccer partnership with PCA Hawaii can deliver on the promise in PCA’s motto to develop Better Athletes and Better People.
— Carolyn Quindica, PCA Hawaii Partnership Manager



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. 


DATE:  Saturday, September 2, 2017
TIME:  6:30pm - 8:30pm
PLACE:  Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria (MAP


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. 


Date:  Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Place:  Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria (MAP)
PRESENTERS:  Keoki Fraser (ABOUT KEOKI) & Brett Nakasone (ABOUT BRETT)