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.



  • Merrill Moses l Goal Setting for Kids

    Merrill Moses, Goalkeeper for USA Water Polo talks about setting goals for children as a coach by setting different bench marks and and keeping stats on their progress. "It's awesome to see a kid's eyes light up and smile when they see they have gone just one more corner."

  • Andy Hrovat | Positive Coaches

    USA Wrestling's Andy Hrovat talks about how the great coaches he had growing up had a positive influence on him. He shares that one coach in particular taught him to use his mind and beat his opponent mentally as well as physically.

  • Ben Smith | Stay Calm When The Team is Behind

    USA Hockey Coach, Ben Smith talks about what to say as a coach when the team is struggling or down in points. "Stay Calm"

  • 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.

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