Being a Double-Goal Coach


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Strive to win while teaching life lessons


Model and Teach Honoring the Game
  • Teach ROOTS – respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and one’s Self
  • Distribute PCA’s Parent/Guardian Letter to help parents Honor the Game
  • Appoint a parent to be “Culture Keeper” for the team
  • Drill Honoring the Game in practice
  • Seize teachable moments to talk with players about Honoring the Game
Mastery of Sport over Scoreboard Wins
  • Teach the ELM Tree of Mastery (Effort, Learning, and Bouncing back from Mistakes)
  • Use a “Team Mistake Ritual” (like “Flushing Mistakes”) to help players quickly rebound from mistakes
  • Reward effort, not just good outcomes. Recognize players even for “unsuccessful” effort
  • Encourage players to set “Effort Goals” tied to how hard they try
Fill Your Players’ Emotional Tanks
  • Use encouragement and positive reinforcement as your primary method of motivating
  • Achieve the “Magic Ratio” of five positive reinforcements to each criticism or correction
  • Use the “Buddy System” to teach players to fill each other’s Emotional Tanks
  • Learn to give “Kid-Friendly Criticism,” such as criticizing in private, asking permission, using the Criticism Sandwich, and avoiding criticism in non-teachable moments
Talk At Every Practice and Game
  • Review Honoring the Game, the ELM Tree and the Emotional Tank throughout the season
  • Ask questions and encourage players to speak and contribute during team meetings
  • Use PCA’s Talking Points e-mail series to guide discussions with your players
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