The Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award is given to youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Nominations will open for the 2018 Awards on September 1, 2017 and will close on November 30, 2017. Finalists will be announced in February, 2018. Winners will be announced in March/April, 2018.
Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. A Double-Goal Coach behaves as follows:
• Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
• Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
• Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).
The Double-Goal Coach Award Selection Committee will select Chapter Winners & National Finalists of the Double-Goal Coach Award. All National Finalists will be announced in February of 2018. National Winners will be announced in March/April of 2018.
The 50 national award winners will receive $200; a certificate; recognition on PCA’s website, newsletters and media campaigns; and the chance to win an all expense paid trip to California to accept the honor during PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards & Benefit Sponsored by Deloitte on April 28 in Palo Alto, CA.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. has been a partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance for several years by providing the Double Goal Coach®: Coaching For Winning and Life Lessons on a complimentary basis to all new Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program coaches. The course equips shooting coaches with the information and tools to develop young athletes in a positive, caring fashion. The SSSF also offers discounted courses through PCA for parents and athletes.