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.



  • Nicole Fawcett | Respecting Rivals

    USA Volleyball's Nicole Fawcett talks about having respect for rivals because you would expect that same respect back. Nicole explains that players can take rivalry too far and don't keep their emotions in check.

  • Kyle Dake | Rivals Motivate Me

    Kyle Dake, USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman wrestler shares how rivals motivate him to train harder to be the best and stay the best.

  • Bobby Ryan | Teammates Becoming Opponents

    USA Hockey's Bobby Ryan talks about the fine line of honoring a teammate and having to play against them as an opponent.

  • Keith Yandle | The Golden Rule

    In this podcast, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance, steps in for Jim and talks with Keith Yandle, USA Hockey Olympic hopeful. Keith talks about how he developed from being a somewhat reckless youth player into a controlled professional. He also explains why he chose to pursue professional hockey over going to college and reveals his other favorite playing position as a kid.

  • Katey Stone | Make Everyone Better

    In this episode, head coach of the 2014 USA Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team and team at Harvard University Katey Stone shares the importance of making all athletes better.

  • Lee Kemp | Wrestlers Are Not Quitters

    In this episode, Jim talks with one of the greatest wrestlers in the world Lee Kemp. Lee shares the importance of a strong work ethic and great coaches. He also talks about some of his greatest competitors including Dan Gable and not being able to go to the 1980 Olympics due to the U.S. team boycott. He eventually made it to the Olympics in 2008 as a coach and shares what that meant to him and his experience.

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