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Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 6,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes.

Since Executive Director Jim Thompson founded PCA as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, we have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 3 million youth athletes.

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Sports Parent Tools

Guidelines for a Coach-Parent Partnership Check out these PCA tips on how you can best support and work with your child"s coach(es).

Empowering Conversations Get ideas about how to talk with your child about his or her sports experience (even after a tough loss).

Sports Parent Guidelines for Honoring the Game Gain insight into how you, as a parent, can contribute to an "Honor the Game" culture.

Positive Sports Parenting: How "Second-Goal" Parents Raise Winners in Life Through Sports by Jim Thompson

Coaching Tools

Parent Letter Download this letter for parents that you can send out right before the start of your season.

Parent Pledge Download this pledge for parents to sign before the season starts.

Positive Charting Click here to learn about how to use Positive Charting during your games.

Coaching Scripts These scripts help you introduce Honoring the Game, Redefining "Winner," and Filling the Emotional Tank to your players.