Positive Coaching Alliance-Seattle is incredibly fortunate to partner with the Seattle Mariners to elevate the culture of youth sports in Seattle. Never was this more apparent than on August 14 and 15 at Safeco Field where coaches, parents, and kids were treated to PCA workshops and insights from top Mariners coaches, talking skills, drills, and professional baseball.
On August 14, sitting comfortably in the stands just past the Mariners dugout in right field, 50 youth baseball coaches heard Tim Bogar (Mariners Bench Coach) discussing the joy of youth baseball, coaching the current Mariners, and his own career in the big leagues. This was followed by 45-minute shortened PCA Double-Goal Coach® workshop with PCA trainer Tony Olney.
On August 15, over 1,000 coaches, parents, and kids filed into Safeco to a dancing Mariner Moose and awesome scoreboard display. Olney kicked the day off with an exciting interactive workshop followed by Mariners third base coach Manny Acta.
Both Olney and Acta sang the praises of allowing the children to play, have fun, and learn while thanking the coaches for providing the opportunity. It was an exciting event capped off by the opportunity to see the Mariners play Baltimore each night.
By the end of the two-day workshop series, PCA impacted over 4,000 children, not only through the kids that attended the sessions but through the coaches and parents that will use the principles from the workshops moving forward. PCA-Seattle aims to impact 100,000 children in three years, and the Mariners certainly helped with that.
In our inaugural year as a Chapter, we will impact over 15,000 children in Seattle as we strive to change the culture in youth sports to a Development Zone® Culture, where coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders work together to create better athletes, better people.