What is the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)?
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a non-profit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform Youth. PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
The PCA has three national goals:
Replace the "win-at-all-cost" model of coaching with the Double-Goal® Coach who wants to win but has a second more important goal of teaching life lessons.
Teach youth sports organization leaders how to create an organizational culture in which Honoring the Game is the norm; and
Spark and fuel a "social epidemic" of Positive Coaching that will sweep this country.
There are many people in this nation who want to change the culture of youth sports, but they do not feel equipped to do so. Positive Coaching Alliance has developed practical tools to change the culture of youth sports and is making them available to coaches, parents, league organizers and others who will fire this movement.
PCA Tools for Parents
Here are some tools from PCA to help support your role as a parent operating within a Honoring the Game culture.
Parent Pledge: As a member of VLL, I promise to support my player, coach, and league by abiding by the positive coaching alliance principles which are accessible on the VLL.org website. In summary, these PCA principles are:
Respect the game
Respect the players
Respect the coaches
Respect the umpires
Respect the other team
The Role of the Culture Keeper
Game Day Tips for Parents
Guidelines for a Coach/Parent Partnership
When Parents Need to Intervene
Questions regarding PCA, please contact the VLL PCA Coordinator: Brian Smith at
Revised 29 November 2017