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.



  • Karch Kiraly | High Expectations vs. Perfectionism

    Karch Kiraly, legendary volleyball player and coach for USA Volleyball talks about balancing high expectations of performing at our best and accepting that mistakes sometimes happen. "The perfect game of volleyball has yet to be played."

  • Lou Rosselli | Parent in the Stands

    USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach Lou Rosselli talks about how as a parent he shows good sportsmanship in the stands by just being a supportive parent to his kids and leaving the coaching to their youth coaches.

  • Karch Kiraly | Mental Side of the Game

    Karch Kiraly, legendary volleyball player and coach for USA Volleyball's Women's Team talks about how in forming the best team possible, the mental aspect has become a big component to success. Kiraly also talks about using a mental strength coach to help players prepare for the unexpected and perform their best.

  • 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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