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Erie Steelheads Baseball Extends Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Youth Athletes




February 25, 2020 The Erie Steelheads Baseball program has extended its 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 Steelheads constituents 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.

“Establishing an environment that supports best possible performance, emotionally and physically, for an athlete both on and off the field, develops intrinsic motivation and higher self-awareness.  It also often times results in more wins for a program.” said PCA-Cleveland Partnership and Development Manager, Ryan Virtue. “Aaron Phillips, Josh Constable and the Erie Steelheads leadership have a solid vision for their program that is centered around growing the character of the young athletes through the sport of baseball and we are excited to continue providing tools, resources and training to support that.”

“We feel the partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance is critical to the success of our program,” said Josh Constable, Chairman of the Board of Erie Steelheads Baseball. “Our partnership with PCA helps support our mission of educating the whole athlete, promoting core values, developing physical fitness, and enhancing the leadership skills of our athletes. Our program aligns seamlessly with the Alliance’s commitment to providing young athletes a character-building sports experience and families with the tools to enhance the sports experience for their children.”

For information about this partnership, please contact either Ryan Virtue (PCA-Cleveland) or Aaron Phillips (Erie Steelheads).Ryan Virtue, Positive Coaching Alliance
Tel: 440-465-6552

Aaron Phillips, Erie Steelheads
Tel: 814-566-7791

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 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 Erie Steelheads Baseball

A competitive and selected club established in 2013 by a former Division I collegiate baseball player. Our goal is to deliver a mission designed to educate the whole athlete, promote core values, develop physical fitness, and enhance leadership skills. Players and families selected to participate will be subjected to a culture symbolized by hustle, grit, determination and class.

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