I generally try to be a positive person, but sometimes I’m more successful than others… Anyway, while the majority of my baseball coaching days are behind me, my team building or life coaching are very much a part of what I do everyday.
It never ceases to amaze me just how applicable the lessons of sports are to everyday life. And teaching those lessons to young athletes is one of the goals behind the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), which PhilAtkinson.org is now certified and a member.
The PCA was founded at Stanford University within the Athletic department in 1998 and is made up of coaches, parents, professional athletes, various leaders, schools, etc., nationwide. And their Double-Goal Coaches Program is something I’m proud to be apart of.
Double-Goal Coaches, like it sounds, have two goals for their teams.
1) To Win! Pretty simple and obvious.
2) To teach life lessons through sports.
The concept involves a positive coaching philosophy in which you accept a greater success story is possible via a positive approach than a negative one. So much of sports is a head game and just like life, to be truly successful in either requires a positive mindset with supportive coaches and family infrastructures. I think all youth sports programs should require their coaches to be Double-Goal certified, without exception.