Poll: Should Region 13 Partner with Positive Coaching Alliance?

School officials are considering implementing a new system of coaching established by the non-profit group.


Region 13 school officials are exploring the idea of partnering with Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience."

The group provides training and workshops to coaches, parents and administrators and youth sports organizations.

"My only regret is that we haven't done it already," board member Nancy Boyle said during Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting. "I feel very strongly, as the parent of athletes, this is so important to the development of the children and it really fits in line with our Core Ethical Values."

The board has asked Superintendent Susan Viccaro to explore the group in greater detail, including the cost and possible benefits to the district.

For more information on the Postive Coaching Alliance visit the group's website.

concerned April 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
If RSD 13 Administration and A.D. would 'police' and mentor the coaches they hire, maybe they wouldn't need to pay for a program like this. Sarcasm, poor coaching skills, lack of knowledge and insight of the game, inappropriate behavior during practices -- by SOME of the coaches -- and the poor kids and teams are the ones hurt. YES they need it!
Durham parent April 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Education is needed not only for coaches but for parents as well. Parental involvement in RSD 13 sports has evolved to the point of harassment! Coaches, AD's and administrators are being harassed by parents who feel their children are not getting enough play time etc! Funny none of these parents are advocating for the education offered to these same children!
Secondinus April 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Is there no end to such frivolous spending?
Michael Doyle April 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Maybe it is time to recognize the latest science in dealing with age old conflicts between the stated purpose of funding athletic competition and the negative experiences of some participants. Positive Coaching Alliance will provide insights to Coaches, Administrators, Parents, and Student Athletes alike. The costs are minimal in relation to the potential benefits. Dismissing the underlining issues as out of control parents or incompetent coaches does not resolve the conflicts that routinely arise.
DMFres April 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I'm a former athelete of coginchaug and this program is definitely needed. Not only was playing for the school embarrassing but it was upsetting as well. for all you people that disagree with this program that costs a minimal amount of money, open up your eyes and go to a game or 2 and you'll see what goes on and why we need this program. chances are you don't have a kid that plays a sport because if you did, you would be just as upset as the parents of the athletes and the athletes themselves. this can't go on any longer and there needs to be something done. yes high school sports are competitive but that doesn't mean winning should be everything. That's going to teach kids the wrong idea growing up. teamwork and working together as a team is what matters. playing only 5 guys in a basketball game, 11 guys in a football game and 9 players in a baseball game is wrong. I don't care who you are...that's as wrong as it gets. it makes the athlete feel worthless and not good enough to be apart of an athletic program. it lowers their self esteem by a long shot. being an "athlete" of the district and not being as good as everyone else, my self esteem was very low and I just wanted to quit. There needs to be something done about this.


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