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...

La Salle College Prep Starts Character and Leadership Program With the Help of PCA

La Salle College Prep partnered with PCA to bring the Character & Leadership Development Program into their school. Adapting this fall to offer the workshops via Zoom.

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...

Hollywood Soccer Club Incorporates PCA Principles in "Stay Playing" Challenge

PCA partner, Hollywood Soccer Club has started a "Stay Playing" Challenge for their players as a way to stay engaged while not playing. The first activity includes explaining ELM a...

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.

Rip City Drive: Discussing 'Honor the Game Week' with Ben Dudley

Portland Positive Coaching Alliance Executive Director Benjamin Dudley joined the Rip City Drive with Travis Demers. He talked about the cool event PCA, the Portland Timbers & Oreg...

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.

PCA, Oregon Youth Soccer and Portland Timbers Announce First Virtual Honor the Game Weekend

Washington Youth Soccer and the Seattle Sounders partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance for the first ever HONOR THE GAME® Virtual Weekend! This will take place online on Se...

PCA, Idaho Youth Soccer and Portland Timbers Announce First Virtual Honor the Game Weekend

Idaho Youth Soccer Association and the Portland Timbers partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance for the first ever HONOR THE GAME® Virtual Weekend! This will take place onlin...

Recap: 5th Annual Coach-AM Charity Golf Classic

In the midst of a crazy year, our team of sponsors and supporters came through for PCA as we pulled off our 5th Annual Coach-Am Charity Golf Classic. The weather was dialed in and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

PCA Live Workshops Available (Zoom and In Person)

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

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...

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.

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.

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-Portland's Spencer Gordon On The Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast: Keeping Kids Engaged in Sports During COVID-19 Isolation

It’s still possible for kids to stay involved in sports during COVID-19 isolation, says Spencer Gordon, partnership manager for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

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 ...

Portland Pilots WBB Head Coach Michael Meek Highlights PCA's#LifeIsATeamSport Campaign

The Portland Pilots' women's head basketball coach Michael Meek joined the Rip City Drive. It's been about a month since his team won the WCC Tournament to earn a NCAA Tournament b...

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.

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.


Positive Coaching Alliance recognizes the challenges and stress impacting student-athletes, ultimately affecting sports performance, academics, and social-emotional development.

Play Ball! Controlling What We Can Control

Every spring we look forward to hearing those words at the start of each baseball and softball game.  It is such a great phrase and I have never had a stronger desire to hear those...

Award-Winning Coach Jacob Michaels Joins RipCity Drive

Franklin HS Track & Field / Cross Country HC Jacob Michaels joined Chad Doing on the Rip City Drive. He is one of the few coaches recognized as a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-...

Movie Discussion Guide Compilation

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

PCA's Ben Dudley Joins The Rip City Drive To Discuss Sports Shutdown Strategies

Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance - Portland Ben Dudley joined Chad Doing on the Rip City Drive. He talked about what coaches, parents & athletes can do in this time...

PCA-Portland Jeans and Jerseys 2020

It was a packed house at the Pilot House on the University of Portland's campus for our 4th Annual Jeans and Jerseys Youth Sports Awards and Benefit night.

PCA's Ben Dudley and Legendary Coach Jack Dunn Join Chad Doing and RipCity Radio

PCA's Ben Dudley went on the RipCity Drive radio and tv program to talk with the host Chad Doing and our 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award winner, Jack Dunn.

PCA's Ben Dudley Talks with iHeart Radio About PCA's Mission

PCA's Ben Dudley had the chance to sit down with Brad Ford from iHeart radio to talk about the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Janay Cookson joins PCA-Portland as Chapter Operations Manager

Janay joined the PCA-Portland Chapter as the Chapter Operations Manager in 2020. In this role, Janay will manage and develop PCA-Portland events, working with the board and associa...

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.

Your Sport is an Extra-Curricular Activity not a Career

Baseball, for 99% of the players, is a game, an extra-curricular activity, not a career. It is fun, but it is temporary. Its value is in the journey; the details in the process o...

Can 4th be the best? When it comes to our 4th annual PCA-Portland COACH-AM Charity Golf Classic, the answer is YES!

We had 22 teams participate this year in the tournament and that is the most we have ever had participate. We raised over $70,000 and that is the most money we have ever raised at ...

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.

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.

Portland Year in Review: 2019 Momentum Magazine

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

Establishing a League Culture – Aligning Rewards with Goals when Developing Better Athletes, Better People

With the end of many youth regular baseball season games, this is the time when youth baseball leagues can easily get caught up in rewarding the few at the expense of the many.

The ROOTS of Honoring the Game – How to Challenge a Call by an Official

The ROOTS of Honoring the Game - A 10-step process to challenge a call by an Official

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.

Part III: Becoming a Double Goal Coach – The Process of Learning to Coach Life Lessons

Becoming a Double Goal Coach – The Process of Learning to Coach Life Lessons Within the Game for Beyond the Game – Part III

Part II: Becoming a Double Goal Coach – The Process of Learning to Coach Life Lessons

Becoming a Double Goal Coach – The Process of Learning to Coach Life Lessons Within the Game for Beyond the Game – Part II

Sport Specialization - A Wider and More Realistic Perspective

Should my child play one sport or multiple sports? Adam Sarancik responds to this common question asked by parents by breaking it down to a few questions a parent should ask onesel...

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!

Third Annual Jeans and Jerseys Youth Sports Awards Presented by Brew Dr. Kombucha

PCA-Portland hosted the Third Annual Jeans and Jerseys Youth Sports Awards at the Pilot House at University of Portland. Joe Etzel received the 2019 Excellence in Leadership Award,...

PCA-Portland Executive Director on Rip City Radio 620

Huge thanks to Travis and the crew over Rip City Radio 620 and NBC Sports Northwest for having Positive Coaching Alliance - Portland on the show back on February 14th!

The Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast: Sports Participation in Decline?

Earlier this month, PCA-Portland Executive Director Benjamin Dudley and Portland Impact coach Mark Lawton sat down with Lisa Cohn from The Ultimate Sports Parent podcast.

Save The Date: Jeans & Jerseys Youth Sports Awards

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 2nd for our annual Jeans & Jerseys Event!

Portland Momentum: 2018 Year In Review

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.

Third Annual Coach-Am Charity Golf Tournament Presented by Jet Industries

PCA-Portland held our third annual Coach-Am Charity Golf Tournament Presented by Jet Industries on June 25th at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

Portland Executive Director Featured on NBC KGW8

Ben Dudley, Executive Director for PCA-Portland, was featured on KGW8 in Portland to talk about PCA's Mission and key PCA Principles.

The Spirited Return Of The Jeans & Jerseys Youth Sports Awards

It was truly an amazing night on April 7th, as over 200 people attended the 2nd annual PCA-Portland Jeans & Jerseys Youth Sports Awards at the Spirit of 77.

Executive Director Ben Dudley Joins John Canzano on "The Bald-Faced Truth"

John Canzano talks with Benjamin Dudley about the positive coaching alliance and youth sports.

You Are The Kind Of Person Who...

In any given moment, it is difficult to find the right words to highlight those areas for growth, especially when my child is disappointed.

Ben Dudley and Clackamas HS Football Coach Joe Bushman On Rip City Drive

This week we joined Coach Joe Bushman from Clackamas HS on Rip City Radio 620 with Travis Demers discussing the Football State Championship and our partnership with Clackamas HS.

MLS MVP Diego Valeri Helps PCA-Portland Spearhead Change Through Soccer

PCA-Portland is starting with soccer. Because so many youth play soccer, what better sport is there to start with in changing youth sports culture?

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.

Honor The Game Day For Capital FC Timbers

Over 141 teams participated, composed of 616 players, 75 coaches and close to 1,000 parents.

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?

Curtis Schlunz Wins National Coaching Award

Curtis Schlunz, who coaches for Clackamas Junior Baseball, has won PCA's coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.

Jamie Young Wins National Coaching Award

Young focuses on capitalizing on the short time he has to influence players before they leave St. Mary’s, less in terms of winning than in becoming strong, confident young men.

Why Do Girls Drop Out Of Sports At A Rate Six Times Higher Than Boys?

This Ultimate Sports Parent Radio podcast, hosted by parenting writer and sports mom Lisa Cohn, features a discussion on why girls drop out of sports at a higher rate than boys.

Hillsboro School District Partners with PCA-Portland

Hillsboro School District (HSD) is proud to announce a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance-Portland.

2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Winners

Announcing the 2017 Double-Goal Coach award winners.

Student-Athletes Highlight Jeans & Jerseys Presented by SureID

Watching PCA-Portland’s six Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship winners take the stage at the Chapter’s inaugural Jeans & Jerseys Youth Sports Awards was a very impactful moment.

Portland Timbers Legend Jack Jewsbury Supports PCA-Portland With PSA's

Retired Portland Timber Legend Jack Jewsbury recorded these Public Service Announcements that will be played throughout Portland station's thanks to the Portland Timbers.

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.

Portland Public Schools’ Honor the Game Club

"It was awesome to see the community starting to form around the lessons learned in the PCA Parent workshop,” said PIL Athletic Director Marshall Haskins.

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.

Partner Spotlight: Friends of Baseball

Learn more about PCA-Portland partner, Friends Of Baseball, in this in-depth interview.

PIL Athletic Director Marshall Haskins' Op-Ed in The Oregonian

This Op-Ed in The Oregonian written by District Athletic Director Marshall Haskins shows how Portland Interscholastic League is working with PCA-Portland to impact student-athletes...

1st Annual Deloitte Coach-AM Charity Golf Classic benefiting PCA-Portland

PCA-Portland expanded visibility and accelerated fundraising with its first annual Coach-Am Charity Golf Classic, sponsored by Deloitte.


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

Board Member Ryan Schlunz on State Champion Clackamas Cavaliers Junior National Baseball Team

This is a prime example of how our board members spread PCA’s mission and message to friends and family.

John Arntson, Clackamas High School Baseball Coach, Wins Double-Goal Coach® Award

John Arntson, who coaches baseball for Clackamas High School, has won PCA's coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.

Margaret Koenig, Hood River Youth Lacrosse Coach, Wins PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by TeamSnap

Margaret Koenig, coach for Hood River Youth Lacrosse, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap.

Portland Coach Featured on Fox12 Oregon Sports Final

National Double-Goal Coach® Award winner John Arntson is featured in this Fox12 Oregon Sports Final report.

2016 Double-Goal Coach® Award National Finalists & Winners

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

Partnership With Portland Public Schools and Portland Interscholastic League

This new partnership will impact all of the 11,000-plus PPS-PIL student-athletes. Central to the agreement is a series of live, group workshops in separate tracks for coaches, pare...

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