Report: Positive Coaching Alliance training helps US Club Soccer coaches increase athlete retention, performance

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08 Dec Report: Positive Coaching Alliance training helps US Club Soccer coaches increase athlete retention, performance

A recent study of 4,500 youth and high school sports coaches reveals that those who received Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach® training reported significantly higher athlete retention than did coaches without PCA training.

Researchers at Tufts, Cornell and Boston Universities earlier this year conducted the study for PCA, a national non-profit organization developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school sports.

US Club Soccer, a PCA National Partner organization initiated through its Players First initiative, participated in the study by distributing the survey to more than 50,000 constituent coaches.

In the US Club Soccer sample and the full study, data also showed that the PCA Double-Goal Coach training had a positive effect on athlete experiences and performance.

“We’re very excited about these findings and appreciate our sport partners that made the survey possible,” said Tina Syer, PCA’s Chief Impact Officer. “The fact that PCA-trained coaches keeps kids coming back, performing better and enjoying their youth and high school sports experiences more means that PCA helps more youth gain the health benefits and exposure to life lessons and character-education that youth and high schools sports can afford.”

PCA’s Double-Goal Coach training is available both online and through live, interactive workshops conducted for youth sports organizations and schools. The full study is available for download on the Positive Coaching Alliance website.

About US Club Soccer

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

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About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to nearly 1,500 free multimedia tips and tools at, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.