08.16.2017 ABC7 News Feature On Health And Youth Sports
Wes Bateman, who coaches softball for Reseda High School, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.
Bateman is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
A point of emphasis in terms of life lessons he teaches, Bateman said, is embodied in the team motto, “Input equals output. What you put into life is what you’re going to get out of life.”
Bateman is quick to seize teachable moments during practice and outside the lines, as well. “After the election, some kids were upset and having a hard time with their feelings about it. We talked about it being OK to have those feelings, but if you don’t handle that in a productive and constructive manner, then that’s going to be destructive to you as a person.”
Bateman’s approach demonstrates the role sports can play in the development of youth, said Alan Berkes, Executive Director of PCA-Los Angeles, the local Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. “Our Chapter’s employees, board and supporters are thrilled that Coach Bateman is getting national recognition for his work at Reseda High School. Having an award-winning Double-Goal Coach in the community provides an example for other coaches to emulate, so thousands more youth and high school athletes in our area can benefit from a positive, character-building sports experience.”
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