Athletics Leadership & Character Development
“Developing Champions for Life”
Through our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Stone Ridge Athletics has developed a Leadership & Character Development Program to benefit student-athletes. PCA is a national non-profit organization developing "Better Athletes, Better People" by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character building sports experience.
PCA has partnered with 3,000 schools, districts, conferences, youth sports organizations, and park-and-rec departments to provide research-based materials with the latest in sports psychology, education, and practical advice from top pro and college coaches. PCA strives to help improve the athletic performance while also ensuring student-athletes take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.
The partnership with the PCA provides foundational support and resources for the entire SR program including student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and parents. Below is an outline of the program which runs Grades 1-12. Given the SR program covers elementary grade levels through high school, it is believed to be the only one of it's kind in the country. Examples of resources include but are not limited to live workshops, online courses and training, books by PCA founder Jim Thompson, email follow-up tips and more.
The "SR Way" is reflected in all our student-athletes, coaches and parents following the Sacred Heart Goals & Criteria. Next, The "SR Way" is also reflected in all our student-athletes reflecting the PCA's Triple Impact Competitor (TIC) model, our coaches reflecting the Double-Goal (DG) model, and finally our parents reflecting the Second-Goal Parent model.
Student-Athlete Triple-Impact Competitor (TIC) Model: A TIC is an athlete who works to improve oneself, teammates, and the game as a whole. Being a TIC is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. Here are the three levels in which a Triple-Impact Competitor works:
A Triple-Impact Competitor is committed to improving him or her self, always looking for ways to perform better.
Help your teammates through positive reinforcement and by prioritizing team success. It’s hard to look beyond oneself, but a Triple-Impact Competitor focuses on helping others.
3) The Game
With an underlying respect for the rules, opponents, officials, teammates and self, a Triple-Impact Competitor strives to make the game better.
Coaches Double-Goal (DG Model): The "SR Way" is also expected from our coaches reflecting the PCA's Double Goal (DG) Coach model. A DG Coach is one who strives to win and works to prepare his/her team to play at its highest level, and, at the same time, teaches life lessons (teamwork, commitment, dedication, bouncing back from mistakes, etc.) to his/her players. At SR we explain that these are not mutually exclusive goals.
Parents Second-Goal Model (SG Model): The "SR Way" is also expected from our parents reflecting the PCA's Second-Goal Parent Model. There are two broad goals in SR sports: striving to win and building character so our students develop into Champions for Life. As important as winning may seem, SG Parents let coaches and athletes worry about the goal of scoreboard results. SG Parents have a much more important role to play of supporting our coaches and program by ensuring their children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life. That is the Big Picture.
SR Athletics Leadership & Character Development Program:
- To create and sustain a world-class leadership and character development program that has significant impact on SR students and athletes, complementing and supporting the School mission, reflecting the Sacred Heart Five Goals and Criteria; and ultimately providing a strong, positive impact on the success, satisfaction and experience of our teams, campus and community.
- The SR Leadership & Character Development Program develops, challenges, and supports students, PE teachers and coaches in their continual quest to be leaders in academics, athletics and life.
- Grades 1-4 “Introduction to Leadership Opportunities”
- Grade 5 “Emerging Leaders”
- Grades 6-8 “Developing Leaders”
- Grades 9-12 SR Athletics Leadership 101, “SR WAY”
- Grades 10-12 “Champion Leaders”
- Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)
- Play Like a Champion
- Strive: How You Lead Matters
Expectations of Athletic Administration, PE Teachers and Coaches
- Challenge students and student-athletes to grow as a person and leader
- Support students
- Be honest and truthful with students
- Care about each student’s success and development
- Welcome student ideas, comments, complimentary or constructive feedback to make this program the best
Expectations of Students
- Invest yourself
- Be honest and respectful
- Be your authentic self, look to grow becoming more self-aware
- Be open to new insights, experiences and ideas
- Make every effort to do the right thing by being trustworthy, upright and sincere
- Be accountable to yourself, teammates, coaches, and athletics staff
- Develop a working and trusted partnership with your coaches and teachers
- Communicate often with your coaches, teammates and athletic staff
- Help SR grow and improve with your ideas, suggestions, and constructive criticism
- Play an active role in developing your teammates into respected leaders who can take your place when you graduate