What if there was a single component you could add to your coaching that would get total commitment from your players, create better relationships with your parents, and possibly help you win more games? Jim Thompson shares this component and more in the newest Way of Champions Podcast. He also discusses the knowledge, strategies, and advice he has learned from some of the world’s greatest coaches in his 20 year journey of “Developing Better Athletes, Better People”. Listen in to hear more.
Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance, started PCA in 1998 to transform the culture of youth sports into a Development Zone™ with the goal to develop Better Athletes, Better People. PCA’s vision of youth sports as a Development Zone has attracted the support and involvement of many elite coaches, athletes, academics and business leaders in this country.
Jim received an MBA from Stanford where he was Director of the Public Management Program, named during his tenure as the nation’s top non-profit business management program. He has written nine books on youth sports including: Positive Coaching, The Double-Goal Coach, Shooting in the Dark, Elevating Your Game and Developing Better Athletes, Better People.
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4:15 Relentless Positivity – How Jim got started on this journey
11:15 We are not 1 or 2 smart people away from solving the problem
15:15 Where did it all go wrong in youth sports?
22:15 “It’s your job to look out for your kid, it’s my job to make her a champion”
29:15 Is Positive Coaching Alliance making a difference in youth sports?
35:15 The Continuum of Coaches: Some don’t belong and the rest we need to move to greatness
45:00 Jim’s Rule of One moment
48:00 The tremendous influence of Phil Jackson on youth sports
56:30 The value of a caring climate on team performance
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