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.



  • Adam Krikorian | It Starts With Parents and Coaches

    Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, Women’s National Water Polo Team talks about how winning and losing with class is about how we treat our opponent and it starts with the coaches and parents. "If you are not setting the right example, how do you expect youth athletes or kids to follow in a positive manner. "

  • Karch Kiraly | Olympic Coaching Technique

    Karch Kiraly, legendary volleyball player and coach for USA Volleyball shares his coaching technique he uses in Olympic training. "It starts with making as few assumptions about what people know and what they don't."

  • John Smith l Posting Your Sport on Social Media

    John Smith, USA Wrestling Olympic Gold Medalist and Coach shares why he does not allow his wrestlers post anything on social media about their sport. "You'll say things on social media that you would never say face to face."

  • 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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