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Concord Youth Baseball League Creates Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Youth Athletes

02.11.2020

February 5, 2020 The Concord Youth Baseball League (CYBL) has created a new partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit movement developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.

The partnership provides the CYBL’s coaches with access to PCA’s training, tools and resources for coaches, sports parents, youth athletes and administrators through live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources.

PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools, districts, conferences, youth sports organizations and park-and-rec departments to create a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop stronger social-emotional learning and leadership and reasoning developmental opportunities.

“Through the conversations I have had with Ryan Olds, it was very clear that he and the entire CYBL Board understood the true importance of their organization and the impact it can have on positive youth development within Concord Township,” said PCA-Cleveland Partnership and Development Manager, Ryan Virtue. “We are excited to serve the CYBL Board, coaches, and families to help them amplify the life lessons that are taught through sports while also creating mindsets that will result in greater success on the field as well.”

“We are very proud to team up with the Positive Coaching Alliance,” said Ryan Olds, President of Concord Youth Baseball League. “We are committed to motivating the youth of Concord Township and surrounding communities to be active and build confidence in themselves through the game of baseball. Our Core Principles of Work Hard, Be Respectful and Have Fun align seamlessly with the Alliance’s commitment to providing young athletes a character-building sports experience.”

For information about this partnership, please contact either Ryan Virtue (PCA-Cleveland) or Ryan Olds (CYBL).

Ryan Virtue, Positive Coaching Alliance
Tel: 440-465-6552
E-Mail: ryan_virtue@positivecoach.org

Ryan Olds, Concord Youth Baseball League
Tel: 440-221-3718
E-Mail: ryan.olds@concordyouthbaseball.com

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.

Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • Youth experience improved life skills and character development.  They also perform better!
  • Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching over 20 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCADevZone.org. PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission including Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach, Lindsay Gottlieb and others such as Joe Thomas, Dusty Baker, Carol Dweck, Herm Edwards, Julie Foudy, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies, youth serving organizations and professional leagues and teams including Boys & Girls Club of America, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and US Lacrosse.

About Concord Youth Baseball League

Established as a non-profit organization in 1978, Concord Youth Baseball League (CYBL) provides instructional baseball programs to over 400 children ages 4-14 in Concord Township and our surrounding communities. For over 40 years, our commitment to the community has been to provide an opportunity for kids to Work Hard, Be Respectful and Have Fun through the game of baseball. As a volunteer organization the CYBL does not receive any municipal funding to support our operations and instead relies on the generous donations of time, talent and treasure of local businesses, parents and other members of the community.

For more information about the CYBL, please visit https://www.concordyouthbaseball.com/.

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