Work Shop No. 1
Double-Goal Coach™: “Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons”
The workshop begins by defining the Double-Goal Coach™ as one who strives to win and works to prepare his/her team to play at its highest level, and, at the same time, teaches life lessons (teamwork, dedication, bouncing back from mistakes, etc.) to his/her players. We explain that these are not mutually exclusive goals.
Various scenarios are presented. We ask coaches to pair up to discuss how they would handle this situation. This scenario leads us into the discussion of PCA’s themes.
Principle #1 - Honoring the Game
Honoring the Game goes to the ROOTS of the matter, where we all have to RESPECT the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one’s Self. Coaches receive specific tools to help them introduce the concept of ROOTS to their players and parents.
Principle #2 - Redefining "Winner"
Here we talk about how the American culture is a Win-at-all-cost culture, and we have to work to shift our focus away from the scoreboard. What’s more important is a “Mastery” definition, where we care most about our players’ giving their maximum effort, continuing to learn and improve, and dealing well with mistakes when they happen. Again, we introduce specific tools (such as "flushing" mistakes, in which a coach makes the motion of flushing the toilet after a player makes a mistake, which symbolizes that the mistake is done and everybody’s moving on). Coaches can use these tools to Redefine Winner with their teams and parents.
Principle #3 - Filling the Emotional Tank
This theme talks about how players who have FULL emotional tanks will have more fun and perform better. The thought-provoking piece of this theme is that, according to research studies, coaches should achieve a 5:1 ratio of positives to negatives with their players to keep their tanks full! We talk about how coaches can use both verbal and non-verbal cues to attain this ratio in a meaningful way. We stress that coaches are still teaching when they are giving positive feedback, and we illustrate how they can effectively correct mistakes within the context of this 5:1 ratio.
Workshop No. 2
• Elements of team culture that encourage athletes to work hard and strive for excellence
• “10-step Guide” to successful practice sessions that reinforce team culture and get the most of limited time available
• The art of game coaching.
Work Shop No. 3
• "The High Road Framework" for helping athletes view pressure as a privilege
• Off-field tools to prepare for competition
• On-field tools that can be used in the heat of competition to remain and regain focus
This workshop helps coaches help student-athletes become "competitors." Coaches learn why the prevailing notion of "competitor" is unhealthy for youth and our society. Attendees also learn the distinction between Competition, which focuses on athletes striving together to excel, and De-Competition, in which opponents are demonized.
The workshop borrows from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) and introduces concepts and coaching tools to make athletes “better”. Benefits include a dozen specific exercises for coaches to help student-athletes improve themselves, their teammates and the game as a whole. “Developing Competitors” equips high school coaches with powerful tools and the framework for creating an inspired team culture that produces competitors of whom we can all be proud.
This workshop explores the three stages of talent development, and provides parents with insight into the training that their coaches are receiving to become Double-Goal™ Coaches (coaches who want to win AND develop the character of their athletes). We share with parents what it means to:
• Redefine Winner
• Fill the Emotional Tank
• Honor the Game
The questions we ask our kids reflect what we care about most. Asking, “Did you win?” signals that winning is most important. We talk to parents about better questions to ask, such as, “What was your best play of the game?” Mistake Rituals are also discussed as positive signals to use when a child looks to the parent on the sidelines after making a mistake.
We ask parents to seize teachable moments with their child to discuss instances of honoring (and dishonoring the game). Parents are encouraged to engage in Empowering Conversations by asking open- ended questions, and adopting a tell-me-more attitude. These conversations will not only fill your child’s emotional tank, but will create a strong parent-child relationship as well.
All PCA workshops include comprehensive, interactive workbooks that attendees may write in and then take with them as a permanent resource.