Seattle Gymnastics Academy Partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Youth Athletes
Seattle Gymnastics Academy has established a 2-year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.
The partnership provides SGA access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders.
PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 youth sports organizations, schools, districts, conferences, and park-and-rec departments to create a Development ZoneTMculture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People, Thompson said. “We look forward to working with Seattle Gymnastics Academy to create the best possible experience for the youth athletes. Our research-based materials combine the latest in sports psychology, education and practical advice from top pro and college coaches and athletes that help improve athletic performance while also ensuring kids take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.”
By partnering with PCA, SGA has made a commitment to a positive coaching culture in which athletes can grow, overcome challenges, and have fun. The “positive coach” uses the power of positive reinforcement to pursue winning, and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. This is directly related to SGA’s mission of building strength, skill and character through gymnastics. We are thrilled about this partnership and look forward to continuing to develop our positive coaching culture at SGA!