Positive Coaching Alliance: Uphold your own high standards and ‘honor the game’

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Positive Coaching Alliance: Uphold your own high standards and ‘honor the game’

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

Rick Davis, a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is a retired professional soccer player and former member of the U.S. National Team. He played with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League and was named Player of the Year in 1979. Davis was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001.

Davis shares a story in the video below of how his father seized a teachable moment to instill a life long lesson of honoring the game. When Davis was watching a baseball game as a child, he saw the pitcher intentionally throw a ball at a batter. The batter responded by storming the pitching mound, which Davis thought was fair. But, his father told him that feeling wronged does not make it okay to treat someone with the same disrespect.

Athletes at any level sometimes feel victimized by everything from an official’s questionable calls to opponents playing outside the rules. But, it is not okay to retaliate, and it is important to learn, as Davis did, to uphold your own high standards.

Read the entire article here.