Want to recognize your coach? Nominate them for this national honor

By Liberty Mutual Insurance | Nov. 28, 2011, 10:32 a.m. (ET)
Nominate Coaches for PCA's Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

The annual nomination period has opened. This is your chance to reward a coach whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. Winners of this prestigious national honor receive a $250 cash award, a trophy, recognition in PCA's publications, website and media campaigns and on ResponsibleSports.com.

The nomination deadline is December 31, 2011!

Criteria of a Double-Goal Coach

- Redefines "Winner" through the ELM Tree of Mastery (where ELM stands for Effort, Learning and Mistakes are OK). Rather than a strict scoreboard orientation, a Double-Goal coach teaches players that a "winner" makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.

- Fills Players' Emotional Tanks, 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).

Nominate a Coach today!

In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports ProgramTM (http://www.responsiblesports.com) powered by Positive Coaching Alliance (http://www.positivecoach.org).