Staff report

As part of a targeted effort to provide the most positive environment possible for its youth athletes, Hudson Youth Lacrosse sponsored a coaches workshop in conjunction with Positive Coaching Alliance March 15.

PCA, a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, works with coaches, organizational leaders and parents to teach young athletes not only how to win, but also how to learn about teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting through their sports experience.

The two-hour session, which took place at Hudson High School, provide coaches with tools they can use to become Double-Goal Coaches -- coaches who want to both win and develop the character of their players.

"The importance of a team-first attitude figures heavily in this workshop as do messages such as fostering internal motivation and forming a partnership with players," HYLAX President John Elffers said. "It's a comprehensive session and coaches learned tips they will be implementing throughout the season.

"Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the Unties States, we've developed practical tools and guidelines to help youth athletes, their coaches and parents realize that winning is not only reflected in games scores but also in the effort players give, the learning and improvement they achieve and the ability they develop to bounce back from mistakes," said Jim Thompson, founder and director of Positive Coaching Alliance.

"Were excited that Hudson Youth Lacrosse recognizes the tremendous potential sports participation offers for today's youth and is working to realize that potential by emphasizing a positive club culture for their players, coaches and parents."

"Hudson Youth Lacrosse is a member of the North Coast Ohio chapter of US Lacrosse and we are continually striving to be the best," HYLAX girls director Bobby Cart said. "Partnering with the Positive Coaching Alliance was an easy decision for our non-profit organization. The virtues and high standards embodied by a Double-Goal Coach are a natural fit with our mission.

"We appreciate the support of US Lacrosse and the North Coast Chapter and we look forward to further developing our relationship with PCA to the benefit of our players, coaches and parents."

"Most people do not realize this, but the Spring HYLAX program requires more than 75 coaches, team managers, parent volunteers and board members to plan and run each season," Elffers said.

"We decided to see how we could bring a PCA workshop to this community of volunteers to continue to advance the quality of program Hudson parents expect for their athletes."

To host a leadership workshop, the HYLAX board applied for and earned a grant from the US Lacrosse Association.

"We were thrilled with the support we received from US Lacrosse," HYLAX board member and grant writer Jackie Burdett said.

"As the board discussed the potential for the favorable impact a workshop this could have on our program, we decided to extend and invitation to other area programs.

"We contacted the North Coast Youth Lacrosse Association and invited coaches for all the other schools in our region."

The two-hour workshop was attended by clubs throughout the region, including Chagrin Falls Kenston, Chagrin Falls, Green, Olmsted Falls, Solon, Gates Mills Hawken, Ravenna Southeast and others.

The Hudson Youth Lacrosse Organization's spring season is still accepting registration for boys in grades 1 and 2, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8 as well as girls in grades 1 and 2, 3 and 4 and 5 and 6.

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