Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. PCA Double-Goal Coaching Training for coaches and administrators will be provided at various times throughout the year, and is highly recommended for all coaches.
Woodland Soccer and Honoring the Game
Woodland Soccer Club, Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA), Seattle United, and Washington Youth Soccer have adopted PCA. Woodland Soccer is intent on building these principles into how we play and approach sport. PCA applies to all around the game: players, coaches and supporters. We have adopted the PCA mantra “Honor the Game” as a key foundation to understand and embody PCA principles. Honor the Game is best explained by the acronym ROOTS:
Rules - we want to compete and win the way the game is supposed to be played.
Opponents - without opponents, competitive sports make no sense. Respect for opponents and seeking to balance competition is essential.
Officials - help maintain fairness in the game. Honoring the Game means respecting officials even when they are wrong (nobody is perfect). There is never an excuse for treating officials with disrespect.
Teammates - never do anything on or off the field to embarrass or disrespect a teammate. We all make mistakes and we know when we do. Pick your teammates up with positive support.
Self - respect for oneself is the foundation for Honoring the Game. We each must develop and adhere to our own standards, even when an opponent may lower his/hers to gain an advantage.
For more on Honoring the Game and specific exercises to introduce players to ROOTS check-out this PDF.