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Youth Sports Parents And Coaches

Sports Parenting Principles

Shutterfly is committed to helping you and your children get the most from youth sports. We’ve partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to deliver sports parenting tips. PCA’s three major principles are:

Redefining Winner

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Youth sports offers teachable moments, life lessons that help children succeed in sports and throughout their lives.

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Parents should define “winning” not in terms of the scoreboard but by focusing on the bigger picture of their children’s efforts and learning life lessons.

 

Apply the Principle

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The acronym “ELM” helps people remember the values of Effort, Learning and bouncing back from Mistakes.

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For simple visualization, you can put a photo of an ELM tree on your Share Site next to the acronym “ELM” to reinforce the values.

Redefining Winner
Filling Emmotional Tanks

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People’s “Emotional Tanks” are like cars’ gas tanks: when full we can go anywhere, but when empty we can go nowhere.

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Fill your children’s Emotional Tanks with a Magic Ratio of five specific, truthful praises to each specific, constructive criticism.

 

Apply the Principle

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Post Share site photos of your players posed on the flatbed of a pick-up truck or at a gas station to remind teammates to keep each other’s tanks full.

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Use your Share site’s roster and team communications capabilities to send tank-filling messages to players, parents and coaches.

Redefining Winner
Honoring The Game

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Children perform best, learn the most and stay in sports longer in an environment where Honoring the Game is a paramount value.

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The “ROOTS” of Honoring the Game lie in parents, coaches and athletes respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.

 

Apply the Principle

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Post a Share site photo of an Honoring the Game trophy with a caption underneath congratulating the player from your team who shows the best sportsmanship each week.

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Use your Share site’s roster and team communications capabilities to send pre-game reminders about ROOTS.

About PCA

Positive Coaching Alliance is a non-profit founded within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998. PCA leads a movement to provide all youth athletes from pre-school through high school with a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Each year PCA holds 1,000+ workshops nationwide for organizational leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. Courses also are available at www.positivecoach.org. You also can Ask PCA your youth sports questions at
www.positivecoach.org/Ask-PCA.aspx.

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