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...

RECAP: Developing Team Leaders Webinar

On Friday, March 20th, PCA, in conjunction with Deloitte, hosted the “Developing Team Leaders Webinar”. Hosted by PCA’s Casey Miller and moderated by Dan Helfrich, CEO of Deloitte ...

RECAP: The Intersectionality of Mental Health and Race Webinar

On Wednesday, Feburary 16th, Positive Coaching Alliance hosted a webinar entitled, Mental Health in Sports: The Intersectionality of Mental Health & Race, to discuss how mental hea...

2021 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners Announced

This page includes updates of winners of PCA's 2021 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship, listed by PCA Region.

Workshops, Funded By Cenex, Help Coaches Create Positive Environments For Athletes

Learn more about PCA's most recent partnership with Cenex to help bring more workshops to parents and coaches of athletes.

PCA Minnesota’s Inaugural Coach-Am a Success!

Our inaugural Coach-Am Golf Classic was presented by GolfNow which was amazing in itself as players were treated to special one-of-a-kind gift bags and on-course prizes.

2021 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists

Following are updates of finalists for PCA's 2021 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

PCA Partners With Minneapolis Public Schools on Sports Can Battle Racism Curriculum for Coaches and Athletes

The series will conclude with a workshop designed to bring coaches and athletes together the evening of Monday, May 24th, the eve of the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murd...

Charles Adams III, Football Coach at Minneapolis North Community High School, Named PCA's 2021 Coach of the Year

Charles Adams III grew up in Minneapolis and attended the high school where he now coaches. As a MNCHS “polar”, he knows the struggles of this community and this school first hand...

Cenex® Partners with PCA to Support Million Coaches Challenge

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is excited to partner with Minnesota-based Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS Inc., to extend the Million Coaches Challenge in rural communities.

PCA Conversation with USMNT Coach Gregg Berhalter: Lessons in Leadership & Positive Coaching

Soccer fans and fans of good coaching were treated to a special Zoom conversation on March 4th with U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Gregg Berhalter.

2021 National Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners Presented by TeamSnap

In a year like no other, we are especially proud to name the 25 National Winners of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap because the impact they’ve had on their stu...

Curry Brand, Under Armour, and PCA Team Up To Invest In Coaches

We’re all in with Curry Brand and ready to #changethegameforgood starting by investing in coaches within Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Parks and Rec.

Looking Back: 2020 Virtual Scholarship Winner Celebration

On Tuesday, November 19, PCA hosted a Virtual Celebration for the 123 winners of the 2020 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship. This year alone, thanks to the generosity of Sagico...

"Without my coach..." A message of thanks.

Whether you are a donor, coach, parent, grandparent, administrator, or athlete, we want to say a big thanks for your support of PCA and for being a part of our community!

RECAP: Sports Can Battle Racism Webinar - Growing the Game

On November 20, 2020 PCA hosted another installment Sports Can Battle Racism Webinars. The topic of discussion was how we can begin to grow sports that traditionally have a low per...

Announcing the 2020 Winners of PCA's College Scholarship

Positive Coaching Alliance is especially proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship in a year like no other we’ve had before.

10 Things We've Learned about Youth and High-School Sports during the Pandemic

Now seven months into the pandemic, after a summer and fall of stops, starts, and modifications to the game, we’ve learned a few things about the pandemic’s wider impact on high-sc...

Susan Crown Exchange Launches Million Coaches Challenge to Train One Million Coaches in Youth Development by 2025

Youth-focused foundation Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) announced today its Million Coaches Challenge. This effort will train at least one million coaches in youth development by 2025....

PCA and Coaching Corps Partner Up to Reach Coaches in Underserved Communities

Positive Coaching Alliance, whose mission is to be a catalyst for a positive youth sports culture in all communities across the U.S., and Coaching Corps, an organization that train...

The Rise of Philosopher-Athletes

There’s a new cohort of philosophers appearing on the scene these days, though in disguise, or, more like hidden in plain sight in a medium many consider not just impervious to dee...

RECAP: College Culture and Respect - Sports Can Battle Racism Roundtable Series

On Thursday, September 24, PCA hosted our third Sports Can Battle Racism Webinar. The topic of conversation was on college culture and respect. The panelists included Dr. Akilah Ca...

PCA Principles Cross International Borders with Partner Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club Limited

Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club Limited has been online partners with PCA since 2017 and have truly embraced the culture-shaping resources PCA provides.

PCA recognized by President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition as NYSS Champion to Promote Participation in Youth Sports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize PCA as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion prog...

PCA Announces National Partnership with eSports Leader XP League

Combining the fun and excitement of gaming with positive coaching, social skill building, and core values-based programs, fill a tremendous need in our communities and our kids’ li...

11 Tips for First-Time Coaches

Many first-time coaches find this role harder than they expected, so here are concrete tips to ease matters and help your youth athletes.

7 Tips for a Positive Parent-Coach Relationship

We've put together some guidelines for how sports parents can contribute to a Coach-Parent Partnership that benefits youth athletes.

COVID-19 Return to Youth Sport Guidelines

Recommendations based on a collaborative effort by experts in childhood sports medicine from representative regions around the United States. Keep in mind that some recommendations...

2020 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists

Following are updates of finalists for PCA's 2020 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Program, listed by PCA Chapter or Area.

10 Tips For Emotionally Supporting Athletes, Right Now

Now more than ever, children and teenagers need responsible adults in their lives who can model good behavior and act as bulwarks against the chaos. Here are ten ways coaches can s...

PCA Chapter Board Member Heather Bergeson: How we can change our youth sports culture

Watch the TedxEdina talk from PCA-Minnesota Chapter Board Member Heather Bergeson

How P.E. Teachers Can Benefit From PCA Concepts And Training In Social Emotional Learning

PCA training is great for PE teachers because coaching and teaching are extremely similar, some might say they are the same, they just exist in slightly different environments.

RECAP: Sports Can Battle Racism Webinar - Sports Can: Define, Unify, Empower

On Tuesday, July 28, PCA hosted our second Sports Can Battle Racism Webinar. The topic of discussion was how sports can define us, unify us, and empower us. The webinar is part of ...

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.

Sports Can Battle Racism: Action Steps

This is an ongoing process and we are committed to improving our community. View to see progress about PCA’s next steps on the commitment we made to battle anti-Black racism.

RECAP: US Club Soccer on the Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in Youth Sport

Marti Reed, PCA’s National Partnership and Marketing Manager, joined US Club Soccer’s Facebook Live webinar on July 16th to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in you...

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 ...

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

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...

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 ...

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...

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 9: 10-year-old Mary Berran of Eagan

This week's letter is written by Mary Berran, a 10-year-old basketball and volleyball player from Eagan. She has been playing basketball for five years and volleyball for four year...

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...

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 8: 13-year-old Basketball Player Jackson Croom

This week's letter is written by Jackson Croom, a 13-year-old basketball player. Jackson has been playing basketball for eight years and says his favorite college team is Stanford....

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...

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 7: 11-year-old Park Hilden from Farmington

This week's letter is written by Park Hilden, an 11-year-old baseball player from Farmington. Hilden started playing baseball when he was 4 years old.

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...

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 6: 13-year-old Swimmer Aslihan Erisgen

This week's letter is written by Aslihan Erisgen, a 13-year-old swimmer with the FOXJET swim club in Eden Prairie.

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.

Life Is A Team Sport

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

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 5: High School Lacrosse Player Keaton Mohs

This week's letter is written by Keaton Mohs, a lacrosse player at Lakeville North High School.

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.

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 4: 5th Grader Alex Schiefert

This week's letter was written by Alex Schiefert and he's a fifth grader in Blaine.

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.

Minnesota ‘Dear Sports’ Campaign Week 3: 12-year-old Ella Dahl

This week's letter was written by Ella Dahl. She's been playing basketball for four years and is a sixth grader at Pine River-Backus Elementary School.

Minnesota 'Dear Sports' Campaign Week 2: High School Softball Player Brynn Smith

This week's letter was written by 17-year-old Brynn Smith. She's been playing softball for seven years and is a junior at Totino-Grace High School.

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.

PCA's Troy Pearson Joins WCCO and Cory Hepola To Talk About #DearSports Campaign

Cory Hepola talked with Positive Coaching Alliance Minnesota Executive Director Troy Pearson about their really cool #DearSports Letter Campaign being therapeutic for kids and more...

Minnesota 'Dear Sports' Campaign Week 1: 11-Year-Old Riley Anich of Inver Grove Heights

Twin Cities youth sports athletes tell viewers why they miss participating in their favorite sports during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

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.

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, ...

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.

Award-Winning Minnnesota Coach Robert Graff Featured in Sun Current

His connection to the game goes further back after playing for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach Joe Cuozzo at Ward Melville High School in New York. Graff went on to play for B...

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.

Movie Discussion Guide Compilation

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

Using a Mistake Ritual to Refocus; an NFL Example

On January 5, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen made a crucial mistake that ended up in a field goal for the Saints. Read about how he was able to stay mentally strong.

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.

PCA Minnesota 2019 Impact Awards Celebration

On November 17th, 2019 Minnesota (PCA-MN) netted an exhilarating goal with its’ 2019 Impact Awards Celebration. PCA-MN honored six high school student-athletes from around Minnesot...

PCA Minnesota and Minnesota Hockey Host 2019 Honor the Game Tournament

On November 1-3, Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota and Minnesota Hockey (www.minnesotahockey.org) collaborated for a unique Honor the Game (HTG) Hockey Tournament. Hosted at t...

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.

Year in Review: 2019 Momentum Magazine

In the past year, PCA impacted over 5 million youth. In this year in review, you can read about PCA's impact on Border Youth Athletic Association, how the LADF supports PCA, and se...

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.

Homerun at Target field for 6th Annual Breakfast with the Champions

May 22nd marked the 6th year, Target Field hosted Positive Coaching Alliance - Minnesota's Breakfast with the Champions. Nearly 250 coaches, business leaders, supporter, and youth ...

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!

Troy Pearson, Former PCA Trainer, To Lead PCA-Minnesota As Executive Director

In 2013, Troy joined the Minnesota chapter as a local trainer. He delivered its first series of workshops, and will now lead the Chapter as Executive Director.

2018 Momentum Magazine

In this year's PCA Momentum “Year in Review,” you can read about the impact of PCA concepts & tools, learn about the specific sports that hosted the most workshops, and more.

The Gratitude Minute

People are strewn all over the courts, lying face up, or standing stock still. It is as quiet as a graveyard. But it might be the most alive minute of the day at TLC.

Q&A With Carrie Ruckle, New Minnesota Partnership Manager

Carrie Ruckle recently joined PCA-Minnesota as the Partnership Manager. Carrie will be establishing partnerships with youth sports organizations, high schools and colleges.

Five Year Anniversary For PCA-Minnesota

Positive Coaching Alliance-Minnesota started with a spark. A few curious people started to ask, “How can we change the culture of youth sports in our state?”

Harvey Mackay & Coach PJ Fleck Ignite Target Field

Target Field was bursting with energy for youth sports at Breakfast with the Champions event on May 9th with 300+ in attendance.

The Current State Of Officiating And Where To Go From Here

Unfortunately, youth sports are growing and the percentage of new and retained officials are shrinking across most sports.

Hydration Guide, Provided By TRIA

One tip Dr. Bergeson likes to share is “Start hydrated, stay hydrated.”

2018 Minnesota Double-Goal Coach® Winners Announced

These three coaches represent the very best of coaches who invest in their athletes by filling their emotional tanks, setting positive examples as teammates, and not adhering to a ...

From the Chairman, Craig Thielen: A Vision For Minnesota Sports Culture

PCA-Minnesota can be the unifying body that brings it all together and provides the tools, training, and support to put it in motion.

Honored at the Minnesota Sports Awards

The first-ever Minnesota Sports Awards is a gala event that was held on December 13, 2017 at Target Center and celebrated the best of sports in Minnesota over the past year.

How An Orthopaedic Physician Sees Youth Sports Today

Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more overuse injuries in children due to sport specialization. Children's bodies are different than adults.

Impact Story: A Different Air Among Prior Lake Teams

Each time I do a PCA workshop, a different strategy seems particularly relevant. And not just in sports, but in student-athletes’ lives.

Minnesota Impact Award Celebration

It was particularly special to recognize our 10 amazing Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship recipients, all whose $1,000 scholarships were funded by the Super Bowl Host Committee...

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.

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?

How Bruce Langer Impacted Minnesota Sports Culture

His philosophy that “good things happen if you do good things with good people” has made him instrumental in establishing the strength and flow of the PCA-MN Chapter.

What Is Neuropsychology And What Is Its Role With Athletes?

Neuropsychology is a specialty of psychology that is concerned with how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influence a person's cognition, emotions and behaviors.

How Trainers' Institute Helped Tex Ostvig Elevate His Game

Tex Ostvig explains how participating in our organization’s national Trainers' Institute will help him hone his message for your school or youth sports organization.

Tapping Into Carrie Tollefson’s Summer And Competitive Wisdom

We have a group of talented and inspiring individuals, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to our latest addition, Carrie Tollefson, Elite Middle Distance Runner, and Olympian.

Trainer Brian Swan on FOX 9 KMSP-TV

PCA Trainer Brian Swan hit the high notes on key PCA messages during this interview on Morning Buzz.

Our 4th Annual Breakfast With The Champions

The Fourth Annual Breakfast with the Champions was held Tuesday, May 9th at Target Field. The event featured Chad Greenway as the guest speaker for the event.

Catching Up With 2015 Scholarship Winner Carly Waggoner

PCA-Minnesota caught up with past Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winner Carly Waggoner to find out what this amazing student athlete has been up to since graduating HS.

How PCA Works For Dassel-Cokato Schools

“PCA does a tremendous job of tying together the value of competition, along with character development.” - Athletic Director Perry Thinesen

Minnesota Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners

All are shining example of coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

We Are Moving Offices!

Positive Coaching Alliance-Minnesota will be packing up our St. Paul office and moving to a new location!

Why We Do This: Transformational Coaching

As coaches we are privileged to spend time with our players throughout the season. In some cases, for several seasons.

Advanced Training For PCA-Minnesota Trainers

PCA is always looking for ways to expand the curriculum, taking into consideration current events, challenges that exist within sports cultures, and feedback from various chapters.

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Winners

Announcing the 2017 Double-Goal Coach award winners.

KICKING OFF Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Applications

One of our favorite things at PCA-Minnesota is honoring the outstanding local youth athletes that are making positive contributions to their sports and communities.

Workshops In Coon Rapids Demonstrate Positive Results

The positive feedback after their first workshops spoke volumes and Coach Ogorek has implemented strategies with his team.

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.

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.

Fargo Angels Hockey Demonstrates PCA Mission

This message was recently sent to the Positive Coaching Alliance-Minnesota office and speaks volumes. Enjoy!

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.

Good News, Bad News

Consider the year’s best and worst news from the world of sports through a PCA lens and let us know your views by commenting in the “start the discussion” field.

Impact Awards Celebration @ US Bank Stadium

Our event at U.S. Bank Stadium on Nov. 14 was a huge success, drawing more than 200 guests, who helped raise nearly $50,000 for PCA-Minnesota.

Positive Coaching Alliance and Player’s Health Partner to Protect Youth Athletes

We are partnering with Player’s Health, a mobile platform that enables real-time communication between coaches, parents and healthcare providers to identify health of athletes.

2016 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners

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

Meet Amy Sinclair, PCA-Minnesota's New Executive Director

PCA-Minnesota is excited (and lucky!) to introduce Amy Sinclair as its new Executive Director. Effective September 22, Sinclair will take over Deborah Edwards’ position.


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

PCA Trainer Joel Maturi Featured On FOX Sports North

Watch Joel Maturi, PCA Trainer and former AD for the University of Minnesota, discuss how Positive Coaching Alliance makes Better Athletes, Better People on FOX Sports North.

Thanks For The PCA Parent Workshop

PCA takes great pride in the spontaneous, unsolicited feedback we receive from workshop participants, like this one from a parent who attended a workshop in Minnesota.

PCA-Minnesota on FOX 9 Community Connection

PCA-Minnesota plays a prominent role in this airing of FOX 9 Community Connection.

Randy Geister – PCA’s Proud Partner in Prior Lake

Gather your friends, family, and business partners for this informative and inspiring event, slated for June 14.

Of Three We Sing: Coaching Award Winners

Meet the winners of Double-Goal Coach® Awards from PCA-Minnesota, including one who became one of the 50 national winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by TeamSnap.

Impact Luncheon Highlights: Scott Wine, Scholarship Winners and Hank Goff

Highlights from our annual Impact Luncheon event.