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Positive Coaching Alliance

The RecPlex and the Vipers Youth Hockey Organization are excited to partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).  It is important that we are all on the same page with our commitment to developing our student athletes. 
PCA realizes that youth sports offer a virtual classroom for teaching life lessons, but only if the adults who work with athletes recognize and seize the many teachable moments provided.  Research shows participation in youth sports improves academic performance and school attendance, results in better behavior and decreases risk-taking behavior, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol. 
The RecPlex and the Vipers Youth Hockey Organization believe that there are many benefits to partnering with PCA.  To list a few:
  • Helps set expectations for coach behavior
  • Sets the example for the coach as a role model
  • Coaches learn to be more effective, more positive
  • Creates a common language among our organization
  • Set Vipers Youth Hockey apart from other organizations in the community
  • Provides much needed coach education beyond the typical skills & drills
  • Shows parents that our organization is about more than winning
  • Vipers Youth Hockey Hockey Athletes, Coaches and Parents/Guardians will have a common language and goals in developing student athletes on and off the ice

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has the mission of “transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth.”  To that end, PCA has conducted more than 9,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 400,000 youth and high school sports leaders, coaches and parents.  Workshop attendees have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 3 million youth athletes.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,300 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting thousands of other individuals via online workshops at
PCA workshops train coaches to be Double-Goal Coaches®, whose first goal is winning and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. PCA sports parent workshops cultivate “Second-Goal Parents,” who focus on life lessons through sports. PCA student-athlete workshops produce “Triple-Impact Competitors,” who work to improve themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole.
PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board ( including National Spokesperson, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.