LJYB hosting ‘Positive Coaching Alliance’ workshop for volunteers

By Tom Murphy, LJYB

La Jolla Youth Baseball feels strongly that better coaching makes for a better experience for all involved in the league. The baseball field is a virtual classroom and there are endless teaching opportunities for volunteer coaches and mentors to have a positive influence on youth athletes. To this end, LJYB is hosting a “Positive Coaching Alliance” workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the LJHS Parker Auditorium (750 Nautilus Street). The workshop is free to any parent of players registered for the 2012 season.

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All parents who plan to volunteer as a manager, coach, team parent or assist during the season are expected to attend. Any volunteer unable to make the live training session can take the course online. The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) offers a number of programs and LJYB will introduce the “Double-Goal Coach®: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons” workshop on Tuesday night. This interactive workshop presents research from experts in coaching, education and sports psychology. Every participant gains access to dozens of practical, proven tools to increase success during their next practice or competition. Participants will receive PCA certification and a copy of the “Double-Goal Coach” book.

The Positive Coaching Alliance ( is a non-profit organization formed at Stanford University in 1998 to transform the culture of youth sports to ensure that all youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. Youth sports organizations that have partnerships with PCA include AAU, AYSO, Little League International, Pop Warner Football, U.S. Lacrosse, USA Rugby, USA Water Polo and USTA. LJYB is the first San Diego PONY baseball league to partner with PCA. The PCA initiative has been generously underwritten for three years by a LJYB family.

Reminder! Assessments for Pinto, Mustang and Bronco leagues will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28. Assessment times will be posted online.