Guide to Positive Coaching


At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when Positive Coaches create and foster environments that promote and display sportsmanship
. We believe you have a unique role in our child’s lives to help kids learn how to win - both on and off the field.

We’ve partnered with the youth sports experts from Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to create this Guide to provide resources, advice, tools and tips to help you – the youth sport coach – focus your athletes to achieve their best in practice, competition and in life.

In the following pages, you’ll learn more about how to help athletes set goals for the season, how to foster Mastery Approach rather than a focus on winning and losing, how to fill your athlete's Emotional Tanks to keep them motivated to work harder, how to create a positive coach-parent relationship, and how to teach your athletes to Honor The Game and represent the best of sportsmanship.



  • Bob Mancini | Relate to Players

    Bob Mancini, USA Hockey American Development Model Regional Manager talks about the importance of relating to the players and spending more time reaching out to each player. "Really what we need to focus on is relationships."

  • Christa Harmotto | Dad as a Coach

    USA Volleyball's Christa Harmotto shares her experience of having her dad as a coach during her youth. "My dad did a wonderful job treating me just the same as my teammates."

  • Derek Stepan | Enjoying the Game

    Derek Stepan, USA Men's Ice Hockey Center talks about just enjoying the game in youth hockey. "I got to have fun with my buddies."

  • Heather Petri | Be Confident

    In this episode, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Alliance steps in for Jim and talks with Heather Petri, four-time USA Water Polo Olympian. Heather shares how she transitioned from swimming to water polo and why she did not specialize in just one sport growing up. She also talks about her coaches, including Don Heidary, and how they contributed to her success. Lastly, Heather reflects on her Olympic experience and how she achieved four medals, including a 2012 gold.

  • Dan Regan | More Than Physical Skills

    In this episode, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance, steps in for Jim and talks with Dan Regan, 2011 U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Athlete of the Year. Dan shares his story on how he started playing seated volleyball, retracing his path to Athlete of the Year after just two years on the national team. He also opens up about what the sport means to him and how a good coach deals with challenging situations.

  • Cody Bickley | Understand Your Weakness

    In this episode, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Alliance, steps in for Jim and talks with Cody Bickley, recent Manager of Coaches Education for USA Wresting. Cody shares how it was to grow up with a father who was a wrestling coach and the relationship they shared. He also talks about how to get started in wrestling, along with what to look for in a good coach. Lastly, he discusses the Coaches Education program at USA Wrestling and some of their core principles. He also shares his advice for new and veteran wrestling coaches.

Subscribe Now

Free Weekly Coach Tips

Receive a weekly coach tip to help keep their team focused, motivated and happy during the season.

Subscribe Now