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07.13.2020

Coaches: Six Reasons (And More!) To Discuss Anti-Racism With Your Team

Youth sports coaches assume a uniquely prized position: one based on trust, mentorship, and couched in leadership.  As we all work through the country’s recently heightened battle ...

Coaches: Six Reasons (And More!) To Discuss Anti-Racism With Your Team

Youth sports coaches assume a uniquely prized position: one based on trust, mentorship, and couched in leadership.  As we all work through the country’s recently heightened battle ...
07.07.2020

PCA Partners with Susan Crown Exchange to Train 400,000 Coaches in Youth Development

Partnership to Help 400,000 Youth Coaches Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Athletes

PCA Partners with Susan Crown Exchange to Train 400,000 Coaches in Youth Development

Partnership to Help 400,000 Youth Coaches Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Athletes
07.06.2020

Should We Really Be Discussing Sports Right Now?

Just as someone committed to a daily knitting club can still be deeply concerned about social justice, a sports fan can commit time and energy to their passion, while upholding the...

Should We Really Be Discussing Sports Right Now?

Just as someone committed to a daily knitting club can still be deeply concerned about social justice, a sports fan can commit time and energy to their passion, while upholding the...
07.02.2020

PCA Announces DeVon Holmes of Boys & Girls Club as the 2020 National Coach of the Year

Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to announce our 2020 Double-Goal Coach® National Coach of the Year and winner of the $10,000 Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in ...

PCA Announces DeVon Holmes of Boys & Girls Club as the 2020 National Coach of the Year

Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to announce our 2020 Double-Goal Coach® National Coach of the Year and winner of the $10,000 Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in ...
07.01.2020

Recap: PCA Roundtable "Sports Can Battle Racism"

On Monday, June 29, PCA hosted a Virtual Roundtable titled "Sports Can Battle Racism: How Coaches, Parents, and Administrators Can Play a Positive Role." The conversation was moder...

Recap: PCA Roundtable "Sports Can Battle Racism"

On Monday, June 29, PCA hosted a Virtual Roundtable titled "Sports Can Battle Racism: How Coaches, Parents, and Administrators Can Play a Positive Role." The conversation was moder...
06.30.2020

Voices from the Black Community at PCA

In our Commitment to Change, we promised to amplify voices from the Black community at PCA sharing how sports has impacted their lives.

Voices from the Black Community at PCA

In our Commitment to Change, we promised to amplify voices from the Black community at PCA sharing how sports has impacted their lives.
06.24.2020

12 Coaching Tips for the Post-Lockdown Return to Sports

In the coming weeks and months we will see some areas and organizations returning to play and others cancelling youth sports. In both situations, we need to be ready to support kid...

12 Coaching Tips for the Post-Lockdown Return to Sports

In the coming weeks and months we will see some areas and organizations returning to play and others cancelling youth sports. In both situations, we need to be ready to support kid...
06.22.2020

5 Ways Young Athletes Can Improve their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a sudden change in everyone’s lives, including students and student-athletes. Athletes suddenly found themselves at home without access to their...

5 Ways Young Athletes Can Improve their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a sudden change in everyone’s lives, including students and student-athletes. Athletes suddenly found themselves at home without access to their...
06.11.2020

Sports Can Battle Racism

As a force in education through sports, we vow not to stop at condemnation, but to strive to be a force for reconciliation, through the collaborative actions with coaches throughou...

Sports Can Battle Racism

As a force in education through sports, we vow not to stop at condemnation, but to strive to be a force for reconciliation, through the collaborative actions with coaches throughou...
06.01.2020

Recruiting Is A Team Sport; Resources From FieldLevel

Educating individuals on the process to discover recruitable athletes and align on key information to ensure the best fit.

Recruiting Is A Team Sport; Resources From FieldLevel

Educating individuals on the process to discover recruitable athletes and align on key information to ensure the best fit.
05.26.2020

Life Is A Team Sport

Life is a team sport, and now more than ever, we need to be good teammates to one another.

Life Is A Team Sport

Life is a team sport, and now more than ever, we need to be good teammates to one another.
05.26.2020

PCA Zoom Video Workshops Available

Schools and youth sports organizations can click below for more information and to sign up for more information about these Zoom workshops.

PCA Zoom Video Workshops Available

Schools and youth sports organizations can click below for more information and to sign up for more information about these Zoom workshops.
05.25.2020

10 Tips for First-Time Sports Parents

Rather than concern with scoreboard wins and losses, PCA hopes that you, as a sports parent, keep your eye on the Big Picture – the life lessons in teamwork, resilience, overcoming...

10 Tips for First-Time Sports Parents

Rather than concern with scoreboard wins and losses, PCA hopes that you, as a sports parent, keep your eye on the Big Picture – the life lessons in teamwork, resilience, overcoming...
05.20.2020

Why Michael Jordan Couldn't Dance Alone

PCA breaks down 'The Last Dance' and outlines how key advocates like Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, and Terry Francona influenced Jordan's career.

Why Michael Jordan Couldn't Dance Alone

PCA breaks down 'The Last Dance' and outlines how key advocates like Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, and Terry Francona influenced Jordan's career.
05.15.2020

When Youth Sports Return...Will You Be Ready?

As enduring as the COVID-19 pause has been to the lives of young athletes, one thing we know for sure is that sports will be coming back, it’s just a matter of when and how.

When Youth Sports Return...Will You Be Ready?

As enduring as the COVID-19 pause has been to the lives of young athletes, one thing we know for sure is that sports will be coming back, it’s just a matter of when and how.
05.04.2020

Giving Tuesday Now

At PCA, we believe life is a team sport, so we have doubled down on our efforts to meet our coaches and leaders where they are — online.

Giving Tuesday Now

At PCA, we believe life is a team sport, so we have doubled down on our efforts to meet our coaches and leaders where they are — online.
04.23.2020

Honoring The Game — Life Is A Team Sport

Because life is a team sport, you as parents are finding yourself stepping into the role of coach and the team you have to manage is your family unit.

Honoring The Game — Life Is A Team Sport

Because life is a team sport, you as parents are finding yourself stepping into the role of coach and the team you have to manage is your family unit.
04.16.2020

FREE: Interactive Online Course For Officials

This highly interactive course is filled with powerful officiating tools, is based on the latest research from sports psychology, and reflects the "best practices" of elite officia...

FREE: Interactive Online Course For Officials

This highly interactive course is filled with powerful officiating tools, is based on the latest research from sports psychology, and reflects the "best practices" of elite officia...
04.16.2020

Supporting Each Other: Filling Emotional Tanks

If our tank is full we can drive anywhere our hearts’ desire and if it is empty we quickly find that we are unable to leave our driveway. As human beings we have our own version of...

Supporting Each Other: Filling Emotional Tanks

If our tank is full we can drive anywhere our hearts’ desire and if it is empty we quickly find that we are unable to leave our driveway. As human beings we have our own version of...
04.13.2020

PCA Featured in Sports Illustrated: Nonprofit Offers Free Resources to Support Youth Sports During COVID-19 Shutdown

I hadn't heard of Positive Coaching Alliance prior to receiving an email from the nonprofit organization yesterday. I'm glad they reached out. While I don't have children, I was a ...

PCA Featured in Sports Illustrated: Nonprofit Offers Free Resources to Support Youth Sports During COVID-19 Shutdown

I hadn't heard of Positive Coaching Alliance prior to receiving an email from the nonprofit organization yesterday. I'm glad they reached out. While I don't have children, I was a ...
04.09.2020

How to Handle Mistakes

For athletes, developing a positive and constructive approach to making mistakes is one of the defining attributes that separate those that excel from those that do not.

How to Handle Mistakes

For athletes, developing a positive and constructive approach to making mistakes is one of the defining attributes that separate those that excel from those that do not.
04.07.2020

FREE: Interactive Online Course For Youth Athletes

This highly interactive course provides specific tips and techniques for mastery and continuous improvement in any sport, seizing opportunities to encourage and support teammates, ...

FREE: Interactive Online Course For Youth Athletes

This highly interactive course provides specific tips and techniques for mastery and continuous improvement in any sport, seizing opportunities to encourage and support teammates, ...
04.06.2020

Celebrating Positive Youth Development Through Youth Sports in Chicago

Over 230 people – our largest crowd ever – gathered at iconic Soldier Field on March 5 to honor Chicagoland coaches, student-athletes and community leaders at the 2020 PCA-Chicago...

Celebrating Positive Youth Development Through Youth Sports in Chicago

Over 230 people – our largest crowd ever – gathered at iconic Soldier Field on March 5 to honor Chicagoland coaches, student-athletes and community leaders at the 2020 PCA-Chicago...
04.03.2020

Coaching At Home

See a list of practical coaching exercises that parents can adapt to ensure positive experiences and positive outcomes for their children while at home.

Coaching At Home

See a list of practical coaching exercises that parents can adapt to ensure positive experiences and positive outcomes for their children while at home.
03.31.2020

2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program (Class of 2020), listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program (Class of 2020), listed by PCA Chapter or Area.
03.25.2020

Movie Discussion Guide Compilation

In this time of confinement and reflection, we thought you might enjoy a complete list of our Movie Discussion Guides!

Movie Discussion Guide Compilation

In this time of confinement and reflection, we thought you might enjoy a complete list of our Movie Discussion Guides!
03.18.2020

Maintaining Connection Despite Coronavirus

As we accept the difficult responsibilities of adhering to isolation and other medically-necessary policies, we need to pay equal attention to committing acts of service to help ea...

Maintaining Connection Despite Coronavirus

As we accept the difficult responsibilities of adhering to isolation and other medically-necessary policies, we need to pay equal attention to committing acts of service to help ea...
02.24.2020

PCA's Impact at the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

Star power and elite-level basketball certainly drew a crowd, but it was the NBA's focus on the importance of service and impact through empowering youth at multiple events that we...

PCA's Impact at the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

Star power and elite-level basketball certainly drew a crowd, but it was the NBA's focus on the importance of service and impact through empowering youth at multiple events that we...
01.01.2020

Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Applications Now Open!

The 2020 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Opportunity is NOW OPEN! High School Juniors graduating in 2021 are eligible to apply.

Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Applications Now Open!

The 2020 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Opportunity is NOW OPEN! High School Juniors graduating in 2021 are eligible to apply.
12.18.2019

Introducing PCA-Chicago Partnership Manager Chris Ward

Chris joined PCA in January 2020 as the Partnership Manager in Chicago where he is responsible for prospecting, developing and closing partnership opportunities throughout the stat...

Introducing PCA-Chicago Partnership Manager Chris Ward

Chris joined PCA in January 2020 as the Partnership Manager in Chicago where he is responsible for prospecting, developing and closing partnership opportunities throughout the stat...
12.16.2019

PCA-Chicago Collaborates on Social-Emotional Learning with Communities in Schools of Chicago

With a generous gift by a private family foundation, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Chicago and Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chicago launched a partnership at the beginning of...

PCA-Chicago Collaborates on Social-Emotional Learning with Communities in Schools of Chicago

With a generous gift by a private family foundation, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Chicago and Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chicago launched a partnership at the beginning of...
11.19.2019

Stanley Cup Champion Brent Sopel Still Fighting for His Team

If you’re one of the millions who, like Sopel, struggles with the processing disorder dyslexia, he has a message for you: “You are not alone.”

Stanley Cup Champion Brent Sopel Still Fighting for His Team

If you’re one of the millions who, like Sopel, struggles with the processing disorder dyslexia, he has a message for you: “You are not alone.”
09.09.2019

Announcing PCA's new Chief Executive Officer

PCA is delighted to announce that youth sports industry veteran Chris Moore will succeed founder Jim Thompson as CEO of the organization.

Announcing PCA's new Chief Executive Officer

PCA is delighted to announce that youth sports industry veteran Chris Moore will succeed founder Jim Thompson as CEO of the organization.
08.15.2019

Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists

Following are updates of finalists for PCA's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists

Following are updates of finalists for PCA's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.
07.24.2019

Chicago Year in Review: 2019 Momentum Magazine

Each year, PCA’s annual Chicago edition of Momentum Magazine recaps the past year’s highlights from the PCA Movement both in Chicago and across the country.

Chicago Year in Review: 2019 Momentum Magazine

Each year, PCA’s annual Chicago edition of Momentum Magazine recaps the past year’s highlights from the PCA Movement both in Chicago and across the country.
07.08.2019

Fired Up for Positive Coaching: PCA-Chicago & Chicago Fire Celebrate Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners

Seven Chicagoland youth sports and high school coaches were recognized for making a positive impact on local youth by teaching life lessons through sports.

Fired Up for Positive Coaching: PCA-Chicago & Chicago Fire Celebrate Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners

Seven Chicagoland youth sports and high school coaches were recognized for making a positive impact on local youth by teaching life lessons through sports.
07.02.2019

PCA-Chicago Making Impact with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears

Back in June, PCA-Chicago hosted a parent talk with Chicago Cubs RBI program and took part in the Chicago Bears Coaches Clinic.

PCA-Chicago Making Impact with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears

Back in June, PCA-Chicago hosted a parent talk with Chicago Cubs RBI program and took part in the Chicago Bears Coaches Clinic.
06.04.2019

2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program (Class of 2019), listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program (Class of 2019), listed by PCA Chapter or Area.
03.13.2019

2019 National Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners Presented by TeamSnap

Congratulations to each of these National Winners who were selected from nearly 1,000 nominations nationwide!

2019 National Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners Presented by TeamSnap

Congratulations to each of these National Winners who were selected from nearly 1,000 nominations nationwide!
03.12.2019

Intersport CEO Charlie Besser and Former NFL Player Isaiah Kacyvenski Headline PCA-Chicago Positive Impact Awards

PCA-Chicago also awarded $1,000 scholarships to six high school student-athletes at the Annual Positive Impact Awards.

Intersport CEO Charlie Besser and Former NFL Player Isaiah Kacyvenski Headline PCA-Chicago Positive Impact Awards

PCA-Chicago also awarded $1,000 scholarships to six high school student-athletes at the Annual Positive Impact Awards.
02.06.2019

Being A Woman in Sports, From PCA Staff Member Maggie Hatcher

My involvement in sports has prepared me to face the daily struggles of being a woman in society - yes, we have made great strides towards equality, but we still have a long way to...

Being A Woman in Sports, From PCA Staff Member Maggie Hatcher

My involvement in sports has prepared me to face the daily struggles of being a woman in society - yes, we have made great strides towards equality, but we still have a long way to...
08.07.2018

Luncheon With Paul DeJong

On Thursday, July 19th, Positive Coaching Alliance – Chicago hosted St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop and Illinois native Paul DeJong for a special Luncheon at the Chicago Sports Muse...

Luncheon With Paul DeJong

On Thursday, July 19th, Positive Coaching Alliance – Chicago hosted St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop and Illinois native Paul DeJong for a special Luncheon at the Chicago Sports Muse...
08.01.2018

Missing Ken Ravizza

Here are just a few of the memorable lessons I learned from Ken throughout our work together.

Missing Ken Ravizza

Here are just a few of the memorable lessons I learned from Ken throughout our work together.
07.16.2018

Watching The Field Hockey World Cup

The Men's FIFA Soccer World Cup just finished, but another exciting World Cup event featuring the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team is about to begin.

Watching The Field Hockey World Cup

The Men's FIFA Soccer World Cup just finished, but another exciting World Cup event featuring the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team is about to begin.
11.27.2017

Honoring Tomorrow's Leaders At Scholarship Celebration

On November 7, PCA-Chicago hosted its 8th Annual Triple-Impact CompetitorⓇ Scholarship and Awards Celebration.

Honoring Tomorrow's Leaders At Scholarship Celebration

On November 7, PCA-Chicago hosted its 8th Annual Triple-Impact CompetitorⓇ Scholarship and Awards Celebration.
10.24.2017

2017 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2017 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

2017 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

See updates of winners for PCA's 2017 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.
09.27.2017

Have The Conversation

We encourage you to think about how the present situation can be used as a teachable moment. In your specific role, why and how might you talk to youth about what they're seeing?

Have The Conversation

We encourage you to think about how the present situation can be used as a teachable moment. In your specific role, why and how might you talk to youth about what they're seeing?
06.20.2017

All-Star Panel Heads Breakfast with Champions

With Dave Revsine of the Big 10 Network serving as MC, each panelist offered unique perspectives on how youth sports and positive coaching affected their personal lives.

All-Star Panel Heads Breakfast with Champions

With Dave Revsine of the Big 10 Network serving as MC, each panelist offered unique perspectives on how youth sports and positive coaching affected their personal lives.
05.22.2017

The Chicago Fire

PCA-Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Fire Academy to provide workshops to its student-athletes and parents as part of their ongoing, off-field training initiative.

The Chicago Fire

PCA-Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Fire Academy to provide workshops to its student-athletes and parents as part of their ongoing, off-field training initiative.
05.03.2017

The Power Of Coaching

I look back at my coaches and think about how grateful I am to them for all they did to help me achieve what I have achieved.

The Power Of Coaching

I look back at my coaches and think about how grateful I am to them for all they did to help me achieve what I have achieved.
03.16.2017

Northwestern’s Chris Collins and the Power of Positive

Congratulations to PCA National Advisory Board Member Chris Collins on Northwestern University’s first-ever appearance and tournament win earlier today!

Northwestern’s Chris Collins and the Power of Positive

Congratulations to PCA National Advisory Board Member Chris Collins on Northwestern University’s first-ever appearance and tournament win earlier today!
03.01.2017

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Winners

Announcing the 2017 Double-Goal Coach award winners.

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Winners

Announcing the 2017 Double-Goal Coach award winners.
02.05.2017

PCA Super Bowl Spot From FOX Sports Supports

PCA received its greatest mass media exposure ever via a public service announcement during Super Bowl LI, thanks to our partnership with FOX Sports Supports.

PCA Super Bowl Spot From FOX Sports Supports

PCA received its greatest mass media exposure ever via a public service announcement during Super Bowl LI, thanks to our partnership with FOX Sports Supports.
02.02.2017

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Finalists

Here is the list of the 150 National Finalists for PCA's 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by TeamSnap.

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Finalists

Here is the list of the 150 National Finalists for PCA's 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by TeamSnap.
01.22.2017

David Haugh's Back-to-Back Hits

Rarely, if ever, has a sportswriter run columns on consecutive days covering PCA National Advisory Board Members.

David Haugh's Back-to-Back Hits

Rarely, if ever, has a sportswriter run columns on consecutive days covering PCA National Advisory Board Members.
01.19.2017

Curtis Granderson Lights Up Scholarship Celebration

Curtis Granderson addressed not only the importance of community, but also the critical role parents play in helping their children develop as athletes and people.

Curtis Granderson Lights Up Scholarship Celebration

Curtis Granderson addressed not only the importance of community, but also the critical role parents play in helping their children develop as athletes and people.
12.22.2016

One Mother’s Unsparing Look at Youth Sports and Herself

Some day you might have a child who wants to quit their favorite sport or hobby despite obvious interest, talent and opportunity. I think this shows other parents what not to do.

One Mother’s Unsparing Look at Youth Sports and Herself

Some day you might have a child who wants to quit their favorite sport or hobby despite obvious interest, talent and opportunity. I think this shows other parents what not to do.
12.13.2016

Top 10 Sports Topics of the Year to Discuss With Your Kids

As 2016 nears its end, we offer these Top 10 conversation-worthy from throughout the year stories to start discussion among coaches, parents and their youth athletes.

Top 10 Sports Topics of the Year to Discuss With Your Kids

As 2016 nears its end, we offer these Top 10 conversation-worthy from throughout the year stories to start discussion among coaches, parents and their youth athletes.
11.08.2016

Life Lessons from the World Series

Even a Jason Heyward, batting .150 in the World Series, may have the right stuff to step up – say, during a rain delay – and make a speech that galvanizes your team.

Life Lessons from the World Series

Even a Jason Heyward, batting .150 in the World Series, may have the right stuff to step up – say, during a rain delay – and make a speech that galvanizes your team.
11.02.2016

MLB | PCA partnership feature by FOX Sports

Commissioner Rob Manfred explains why the MLB works with Positive Coaching Alliance. Roberto Clemente Award Winner Curtis Granderson shares how parents and coaches impacted him.

MLB | PCA partnership feature by FOX Sports

Commissioner Rob Manfred explains why the MLB works with Positive Coaching Alliance. Roberto Clemente Award Winner Curtis Granderson shares how parents and coaches impacted him.
08.24.2016

2016 Chicago Hoops Huddle Highlights

PCA-Chicago celebrated Chicago sports, featuring guests Doug Bruno (DePaul Women's Basketball Head Coach) and Allie Quigley (WNBA Chicago Sky Guard).

2016 Chicago Hoops Huddle Highlights

PCA-Chicago celebrated Chicago sports, featuring guests Doug Bruno (DePaul Women's Basketball Head Coach) and Allie Quigley (WNBA Chicago Sky Guard).
08.23.2016

2016 TRIPLE-IMPACT COMPETITOR® SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS

Following are updates of winners for PCA's 2016 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area below.

2016 TRIPLE-IMPACT COMPETITOR® SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS

Following are updates of winners for PCA's 2016 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area below.
03.21.2016

Stephen Bardo at Thuzio Executive Club Event

FOX Sports 1 broadcaster Stephen Bardo was at a Thuzio Executive Club event co-presented by PCA-Chicago.

Stephen Bardo at Thuzio Executive Club Event

FOX Sports 1 broadcaster Stephen Bardo was at a Thuzio Executive Club event co-presented by PCA-Chicago.
03.14.2016

2016 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Finalists & Winners

Announcing the 2016 Double-Goal Coach award finalists and winners.

2016 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Finalists & Winners

Announcing the 2016 Double-Goal Coach award finalists and winners.

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