By Hoku Haliniak, MHS Athletic Director
Ever wanted to become a better athlete, coach or parent, but wasn’t sure how to take the next step? Workshops this weekend — the first of their kind on the island — hosted by the Molokai High School (MHS) Athletic Department and held by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), can help you learn how.
PCA is a national non-profit with the mission to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since its 1998 launch at Stanford University by Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Thompson, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth athletes. The organization reaches youth and high school sport leaders, coaches, athletes, parents, and officials through live workshops, online courses, books and articles, and a series of alliances with nationally-recognized coaches, athletes, academicians, businesses and national youth sports organizations.
MHS Athletics Department is holding free workshops for coaches, parents and players on Molokai. The workshops are on Friday, Aug. 24 at the MHS Gym, 6 p.m. for coaches, Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. for players, and Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for parents.
The workshops will provide tools for coaching including the Double-Goal Coach introducing PCA concepts, such as filling emotional tanks and honoring the game. Tools for parents include developing a coach-parent partnership, how to have empowering conversations with youth athletes and guidelines for honoring the game. For the athletes, tools include a triple impact competitor self-assessment and developing a mistake ritual. Workshops will also offer tips for leaders, with guides to coach recruitment and development, a parent expectation program and advice on how to intervene.
MHS Athletics hopes to provide more clinics for our community to enhance the understanding of the ever changing needs in all fields of athletics.
For more information, contact the athletic department at 567-6959 or visit the PCA website at positivecoach.org.