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Rocky River Recreation and Positive Coaching Alliance team to help coaches enhance youth sports


As part of a targeted effort to provide the most positive environment possible for its youth athletes, the Rocky River Recreation Department is sponsoring a coaches workshop in conjunction with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) on Monday, July 1st. PCA, a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, works with coaches, organizational leaders and parents to teach young athletes not only how to win, but also how to learn about teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting through their sports experience.

The two-hour session, to be given at Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, Ohio, July 1st, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. provides coaches with tools they can use to become Double-Goal Coaches® (coaches who want to both win and develop the character of their players).

“The importance of a ‘team-first’ attitude figures heavily in this workshop, as do messages such as fostering internal motivation and forming a partnership with players,” Christopher Mehing, Director of Rocky River Recreation said. “It’s a comprehensive session, and coaches will learn tips they can implement in their very next practice.”

Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the United States, we’ve developed practical tools and guidelines to help youth athletes, their coaches and parents realize that winning is not only reflected in game scores but also in the effort players give, the learning and improvement they achieve, and the ability they develop to bounce back from mistakes,” said Jim Thompson, founder and director of Positive Coaching Alliance. “We’re excited that the Rocky River Recreation Department recognizes the tremendous potential sports participation offers for today’s youth and is working to realize that potential by emphasizing a positive club culture for their players, coaches, and parents.”

The workshop will be given July 1, from 6-8 p.m., at Memorial Hall, which is located at 21016 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River. All Rocky River Recreation coaches are invited. The Rocky River Recreation Department is sponsoring the workshop, so admission is free. For additional information, please contact Christopher Mehling or the Recreation Department at 440-356-5657.

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 475,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at

Courtesy of Rocky River Recreation Department



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