04.17.2017 The Atlanta Hawks Train Coaches With PCA
Skip Allen, who coaches for his namesake Allen Baseball Club, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.
Allen is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The award includes a $200 prize, a certificate, and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.
“Skip helps his athletes win on and off the field,” said Albert “AJ” Johnson, Executive Director of PCA-Houston, the local Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Skip helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
Allen’s primary short-term goal for his youth players is to prepare them for high school both in baseball and academically. Frequently monitoring grades, community conduct and social media behavior, Allen said, “there is a very high standard for doing things the right way, both on and off the field. Frankly, they could be the greatest ballplayer in the world, but if they can’t be the type of young man we’re looking for, we get rid of them.
“This is about making them into young men who are going to go off and do great things in fields other than sports. Baseball is just a tool to teach them hard work, focus, time management, and dedication. They can take what they learn in our program and turn it into becoming a lawyer, a doctor, a paramedic, a teacher, and engineer.”
Allen’s approach demonstrates the role sports can play in the development of youth, Johnson said. “Our Chapter’s employees, board and supporters are thrilled that Coach Allen is getting national recognition for his work. Having an award-winning Double-Goal Coach in the community provides an example for other coaches to emulate, so thousands more youth and high school athletes in Minnesota can benefit from a positive, character-building sports experience.”