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Apr 16, 2021

Positive Coaching Alliance and Red Sox Foundation Present Workshops for New England’s Youth Baseball and Softball Coaches

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME:

PCA + THE RED SOX FOUNDATION

Present Workshops for New England’s Youth Baseball and Softball Coaches on

LEADING PRACTICES AND GAMES TO BUILD A POSITIVE, WINNING CULTURE

 

April 16, 2021, Boston, MA.  Thanks to the support of the Red Sox Foundation, every youth baseball and softball coach in the six New England states, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, is invited to join Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) for dynamic, interactive, virtual workshops focused on how to lead baseball and softball practices, and games, to build a positive, winning culture.

PCA workshops are designed to tackle the game’s biggest challenges, including developing a positive team culture, running effective practices, managing common in-game situations, and teaching the all-important mental side of the game.  PCA’s trainers will share research-based, field-tested tips, tools, and best practices.

PCA’s Senior Partnership Manager in New England, Chris Fay, a former college player and a current Little League coach himself, says “every coach, whether in their first or fortieth year of coaching will take away something helpful from this workshop.  We ask our players to work on getting better every day, and as coaches we should do the same.”

The Red Sox Foundation’s Mick Blume says “support for youth coaches is critical to the Red Sox Foundation’s mission to ensure that all young athletes have the opportunity to have a positive sports experience. The Foundation is proud to partner with PCA to offer free coach training for Little League and other youth baseball and softball programs in Maine, and throughout New England this season, especially after the challenges presented by the pandemic and more over the last year.”

PCA’s workshops make a difference, 92% of coaches believe PCA tools help them become better coaches (from a 2019 Report here).  At a recent workshop, one Little League coach thanked PCA for changing the way he coached, describing how he went from being a negative, pushy, intimidating coach to a positive coach who has received his player’s thanks after he completed a PCA workshop (see video here).

Beth O’Neill Maloney, PCA’s New England Regional Director, says “we know that the many baseball and softball coaches across New England graciously volunteer their time because they love the game and appreciate the power of sports to shape kids’ lives.  This workshop will include practical approaches to helping coaches not only be effective and competitive but also positive and inclusive as they share their love of the game and make a difference in young lives.  Positivity makes baseball and softball fun.  And, positivity drives performance.”

Chris Fay said “this workshop is a great opportunity for coaches from across each of the New England states to talk baseball and softball, share their experiences, and talk about what has and hasn’t worked for them.  And, if any coach needs an added incentive, one coach will go home a winner because at the end of each workshop, PCA will draw a name from among those in attendance for an autographed Red Sox baseball.”

Whether you root for the Portland Sea Dogs, the WooSox, Lowell Spinners, Team USA Softball, the Red Sox, or all of the above, these workshops are free, and can accommodate as many as one hundred coaches each.  Pre-registration is required, and can be completed here:

The state-by-state schedule, and registration links, are:

 

Maine: Sunday, April 25th, 7pm

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclfu6grzstEtE_hisfRS9OKvEF8KVc-AB2

 

Massachusetts: Tuesday, April 27th, 8pm 

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuf–hrToiGdzoHc85Dk7-3r83mcsxBp0j

 

Rhode Island: Thursday, April 29th, 8pm

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtce-vpj0iG9F-q1OJcV_o36p4rQ4SBS–

 

Vermont: Sunday, May 2nd, 7pm

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc-GrqT8pHdQZbJJuruGWoWRUIJETtGRv

 

Connecticut: Sunday, May 4th, 8pm

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-ioqj4uH9zAAllxrpGdlt6o4MIJZyFj

 

New Hampshire: Thursday, May 6th, 7pm

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkfu2hpz4iHd3jeHL-DA6y2IspVLx43LVj

 

Questions about the workshops can be addressed to Chris Fay at chris_fay@positivecoach.org  or 857-225-1889.

 

PCA is a national nonprofit committed to serving as a catalyst for a positive sports culture that develops social and emotional skills, molds character and prepares young athletes for competition and for life.  PCA believes there is no better place than sports to fail, get up, and learn.  Done right, sports help young athletes learn, grow, compete, and find joy.  PCA brings powerful research-based workshops and resources featuring some of the nation’s best athletes, coaches, and leaders, who share PCA’s mission and serve on PCA’s National Advisory Board.  Here in New England, PCA has the support of some of the nation’s beloved pro sports teams, including the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, and the Red Sox.

 

The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox.  The Foundation is focused on making a difference in the lives of children, families, veterans, and communities in need by improving their health, education, and recreational opportunities. The Foundation’s vision is for every young person in New England to have access and opportunity to play baseball and softball. The Foundation aims to support youth baseball and softball in all of Red Sox Nation with the goals of closing the opportunity gap for underserved youth to participate and thrive and ensuring all youth baseball and softball players have a positive experience.

 

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