Beyond Sticks is thrilled to have a partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The partnership will ensure an even more positive, character-building experience for athletes in Beyond Sticks clubs, clinics and summer camps. PCA, a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, conducts workshops and provides valuable material for coaches, organizational leaders, and parents involved in youth sports.
“As Beyond Sticks grew, we hired more coaches to achieve our goal of teaching players the game, but had not sought out support in coaching beyond the game. PCA has practical tools and guidelines used by hundreds of youth sports organizations throughout the United States that help parents, players and coaches get the most out of the game,” says Beyond Sticks founder, Chrissy (Lewis) Summers. “Beyond Sticks’ philosophy already closely aligns with PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® model, where winning is one goal and teaching life lessons is the second, more-important goal. Partnering with PCA to assist our entire organization was a natural fit.”
“We are delighted to partner with Beyond Sticks,” said PCA Executive Director Jim Thompson. “Together, I’m confident their athletes, coaches and parents will all take an even more positive and committed approach to pursuing victories in athletic competition and in life.”
Beyond Sticks was founded by Coach Chrissy in 2011 out of her love for the game and for the leadership, confidence, and character that field hockey gave her. When she became a coach, she saw a lot of great club teams in the area, but none that took time to develop the intangibles in any focused or structural way. Travel sports teams did not treat making young women more confident young leaders through sport as an equal priority to winning.
Since Beyond Sticks combined with the Southeast Storm field hockey club, their numbers have more than tripled. “We realize we are teaching hockey and leadership but also creating a supportive community of athletes and their families in the process. We will to continue to focus on giving the girls high level hockey training, but now also include everyone in our field hockey family, players and parents, in what is often the transformative experience of playing in club,” said Jane Degrenier, Director of Southeast Storm Club.
Beyond Sticks continues to hold PCA workshops throughout the year including the Triple-Impact Competitor, Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons, and the Second-Goal Parent, where parents focus on the second goal, helping their children take life lessons from sports. We look forward to training our coaches, players and parents in the power of Positive Coaching.