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Positive Coaching

Volunteering in the Community

The IMPACT committee is focused on "Working to transform the culture of youth sports so that every young athlete can have a positive, character-building experience".  With that said, one of the IMPACT committee goals for this year is to introduce a new campaign "Giving Back to the Community".  We feel very strongly that volunteering builds character and is a teacher of life lessons.  It is also a way for these kids to give back to a community that has given so much to them.

Many teams have gatherings outside of the playing field (team building and/or end of year parties).  We are asking that teams consider doing a volunteer effort and in place of one or both of these. 

What is Positive Coaching?

P.L.A.Y aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every athlete.

A high-quality experience is one in which every athlete:

• Is coached using the principles of Positive Coaching

• Has fun playing the game

• Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance

• Learns “life lessons” that have value beyond the playing field

• Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player

To achieve the aspirations of our organization, P.L.A.Y has embarked on a journey to implement the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).  As such, the P.L.A.Y organization is initially requesting that each current and prospective coach becomes familiar with the following basic PCA terms and topics.

Every coach must:

1. Understand and align with the Double Goal Coach job description

2. Discuss and educate parents and players on the pillars of the PCA coaching philosophy:

        a. What does the acronym ROOTS stand for?

        b. Why is it important to Fill the Emotional Tank?

        c. What is the ELM Tree of Mastery?

        d. What PCA information should be covered at the Parent Meeting ?

Every coach must help make sure that parents:

1. Understand PCA Goals for a Parent and ensure that parents abide by the Parent Pledge.

2. Understand Coach / Parent Partnership  and what is expected on game day.

How do I do Positive Charting? more details are in the handbook above

Here is how it works:
1. Write the name of each player in a box on the Positive Charting form. If there is a specific action you want to look for with that player (for example, hustling back on defense, boxing out on rebounds, getting into offensive position promptly) write it in the space marked “look-for.”
2. Look for positive things players do – Whenever you see one jot it down and add a note under the players name, write just enough to remember it, Remember to look for team-building things that players do to encourage each other.
3. Ask a Asst. Coach, Team Parent or more to help with process, it will keep them in the game and looking for positives.
4. Try to have about 2-5 comments for each player, sometimes you may have to look hard, limit number on more advanced players. Be disciplined to have at least 2-3 comments
5. Be honest. Don’t write something not true. You will find enough on each player if you try and get help looking.
6. Begin the next practice or prep for next game by reviewing the positive with each player for about 30 seconds.
7. Enjoy the positive energy this Charting Toll will provide. Positive Charting can be a powerful tool, it will seem like magic.
Try it. You and your players won’t regret it.

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Weather Safety

02/11/2012, 9:52am CST
By Jason Tschetter

Because we live in Minnesota

 The weather in Minnesota is extreme, in every possible way.  From snowstorms in the winter to scorching heat and humidity in the summer, weather plays a constant role in our organization.  In order for us to be able to react to the weather, we need everyone involved.

Things you can do:

  • Make sure your contact information is up to date on  Player rosters are used by the coaches to contact parents throughout the season, so keep your information up to date and notify your coaches of any changes.
  • Constant communication.  Make sure you are getting communications from your coaches and if you need to be reached at a separate number for last minute changes, please make sure your coaches know.
  • Sign up for  PLAY is starting to use this service to send out alerts to our participants about severe weather and field closures.  You get to choose email or text message and can get the messages on your phone.
  • Use good judgement!  You know your athlete better than we do, if you feel it's not safe to participate because of the weather, let your coach know and play another day.


Kristine Bartusek

Sports Culture Coordinator

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Coach Feedback

Did you see one of our coaches following the double-goal coaching principles?  Do you have a youth athlete in a PLAY sport or did you compete with a PLAY team?

It's important that our coaches get your feedback directly, but we want to hear your feedback too so that we can continue to provide the best possible experience for our athletes.

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Resources for Parents and Coaches

These resources help describe key parts of the Positive Coaching philosophy and are helpful for parents and for coaches.