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Recent PCA Workshops For The Celtics, Hopkinton High School, And For Hockey Parents Everywhere


PCA conducts many different types of workshops for partners throughout New England. Here is a quick description of some recent workshops:

Jr. Celtics Coaching Clinic + PCA Workshop

Alongside the Boston Celtics’ coaching staff and standout power forward Semi Ojeleye, PCA presented a workshop to some 75 youth coaches, as part of the November 11th Jr. Celtics Coaches Clinic at the team’s Waltham practice facility.

Just six days before PCA’s “Respect Your Rival” pregame conversation with Brad Stevens and Steve Kerr, PCA stood side-by-side with Boston Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison and Ojeleye for this special clinic. Morrison worked on the floor with Ojeleye to demonstrate the team's approach to developing ball handling and finishing skills. Coaches got to see and hear first-hand how Celtics’ coaches use positive coaching to build an NBA player's skills.

Celtics' video analyst Matt Reynolds showed coaches how Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens and the rest of the staff use game film to teach, reinforce, and celebrate the core concepts of hard work and selflessness that have propelled the team to an outstanding start to the season.

Positive Coaching Alliance lead trainer Joe Terrasi addressed coaches on how the Celtics staff uses the power of being a Double-Goal Coach, teaching young athletes to strive to win and learn character-building life lessons through sports done right. Coaches in attendance were able to see first-hand how positive coaching principles work to make better athletes, better people from youth sports all the way up to the NBA.

The day was a fantastic opportunity for youth coaches to acquire skills and tools and to see how great coaching can fuel success both on and off the parquet floor.


The student leaders at Hopkinton High School have a passion for each other's success that has led to an athletic program that builds pride for the entire school.

On November 16th, before heading to the TD Garden for the Brad Stevens/Steve Kerr “Respect Your Rival” conversation, PCA lead trainer Joe Terrasi had the opportunity to experience that passion when he conducted a workshop for 70 student leaders at Hopkinton High School. During his visit to the Hillers, Terrasi was able to see first-hand why Hopkinton has had such an incredible fall, including championship runs in several sports including cross-country, football, and girls’ volleyball.

Other high schools may want to take note of King’s testimonial about PCA, she said:

WOW. Joe was absolutely fantastic. HOMERUN. Kids loved it. I loved it. Wish I bought lots of raffle tix to see him tonight with Coach Stevens and Coach Kerr. Will be amazing I'm sure. Thanks again for all of your efforts. Beyond impressed. I am so appreciative to both of you.


“I love watching you play.” Those are the words every kid, and almost any elite athlete will tell you they want to hear on the car ride home after a game. And, that is just one facet of the conversation PCA is bringing to parents in rinks from Amherst to Quincy, Massachusetts and Burlington to Missisquoi, Vermont.

More than 14 youth hockey associations in Massachusetts and Vermont have recently held PCA Parent workshops, with grant support from their state hockey associations.

PCA Parent workshops offer an opportunity to reflect on why kids play sports, and how parents can best support their kids in sports. The workshops focus on important everyday topics, including the coach-parent partnership and the car ride home.

PCA workshops are based on the best practices of top coaches, like PCA National Advisory Board member Jerry York, and on the latest research from the world of sports and developmental psychology. With PCA, parents can develop insight into how to help their child get the most from his or her youth hockey experience. So, for parents who want their kids to want them at their games, check out PCA and our tips on how to support your kids so they welcome you to their games.

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