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PCA Parent Pledge - Please read

  • PCA Parent Pledge Please read, sign and return to the coach or appropriate official.

    1) As a Second-Goal Parent I will let players and coaches take responsibility for the first goal of

    winning. I will relentlessly focus on the second, more important, goal of using sports to teach life lessons to my child and other youth.

    2) I will use positive encouragement to fill the Emotional Tanks of my children, their teammates,

    and coaches. I understand that people do their best with full E-Tanks.

    3) I will reinforce the ELM Tree of Mastery with my child (E for Effort, L for Learning, M for bounc-

    ing back from Mistakes). Because I understand a mastery approach will help my child be successful in sports and in life, I will encourage my child to

    • put in a high level of effort to get better,

    • cultivate a Teachable Spirit to continue to learn and improve,

    • use a Mistake Ritual (e.g., “flushing mistakes”) to quickly rebound from mistakes.

    4) I will set an example for my child by Honoring the Game and will encourage him/her to remem- ber ROOTS—respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and Self. If the official makes a "bad" call against my team, I will Honor the Game and be silent!

    5) I will use a self-control routine to avoid losing my composure when things go wrong. I will take a deep breath, turn away from the game to refocus, count backwards from 100 or use self-talk (“I need to be a role model. I can rise above this.”).

    6) I will engage in No-Directions Cheering. I will limit my comments during the game to encourag-

    ing my child and other players (from both teams).

    7) I will get my child to practice and games on time and will be on time picking my child up after

    games and practices.

    8) I will refrain from making negative comments about my child's coach in my child's presence.

    I understand that this will help to avoid planting negative seeds in my child's head that can negatively influence my child's motivation and overall experience.






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