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Ohio North Partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Youth Athletes


Brecksville, OH – Ohio North Youth Soccer Association (Ohio North) has established a 3-year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience. The partnership provides Ohio North access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes, and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders.

PCA has partnered with roughly 3,000 youth sports organizations, schools, districts, conferences, and park-and-rec departments to create a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People, Thompson said. “We look forward to working with Ohio North to create the best possible experience for the youth athletes. Our research-based materials combine the latest in sports psychology, education and practical advice from top pro and college coaches and athletes that help improve athletic performance while also ensuring kids take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.”

“We are excited to be the first US Youth Soccer State Association to partner with PCA,” said Ohio North President Paul R. Emhoff. “Our state association will be providing five workshops each year across northern Ohio for our member clubs and leagues, taking the initiative to provide more meaningful soccer experiences for players, coaches, parents, referees, and volunteers.”


Ohio North Youth Soccer, formed in 1974, is a not for profit member of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer, and is officially recognized as the sanctioned youth soccer organization for northern Ohio.  Ohio North has a current membership base of over 45,000 youth players, 6,000 active coaches, 2,300 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 75 affiliate and associate recreational and competitive level member leagues and clubs. 

Ohio North offers exemplary member support services, comprehensive coaching education and provides locally and nationally recognized programs and tournaments for all players, from young athletes with disabilities to elite development for top players.  Our State Cup Tournament is the first level of competition into the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, which is the country’s most prestigious youth soccer tournament and the competitive Sam Bothwell Presidents Cup Tournament serves as a qualifier for the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Series.

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