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Guide to Positive Sport Parenting


At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when Positive Sport Parents come together with Positive Coaches to foster environments that promote and display sportsmanship.

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 parent – help your child get the most out of their youth sports experience.

In the following pages, you’ll learn more about how to help your child set goals for the season, how to foster a Mastery Approach rather than a focus on winning and losing, how to fill your athlete’s Emotional Tanks (even in tough situations) and how to teach your athletes to Honor the Game and represent the best of sportsmanship.



  • Karch Kiraly | Managing Expectations

    Karch Kiraly, legendary volleyball player and coach for USA Volleyball's Women's Team talks about managing expectations on his kids when it came to playing volleyball. "If you want to play, let's go play. If you don't, that is fine too."

  • John Mann | Tryouts

    John Mann, USA Water Polo talks about how it is difficult for coaches to make the tryout process easy for everyone and make everyone feel great. However, Mann stresses the importance of positive reinforcement and recognizing ways the athlete has improved.

  • Karch Kiraly | Coaching Your Own Kids

    Karch Kiraly, legendary volleyball player and coach for USA Volleyball's Women's Team talks about his experience coaching his own kids. Coach Kiraly shares how he set the ground rules before getting involved and that he treated his kids the same as any other member of the team. "They didn't call me dad and I didn't call them son."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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