SOURCE: Positive Coaching Alliance

December 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Positive Coaching Alliance Cites Bottom 10 Moments in Sports 2007

STANFORD, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2007) - The release of the "Mitchell Report" on steroid use in baseball tops the list of the year's "Bottom 10 Moments in Sports," according to Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

PCA, a non-profit dedicated to transforming youth sports, annually releases the "Bottom 10" list of the worst behavior in sports from pee-wees to the pros to stimulate discussion among parents, coaches, players and educators.

"A report detailing widespread use of dangerous, illegal performance-enhancing drugs by many heroes of our nation's youth athletes is far and away the worst moment of 2007," said PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson. "With that said, we see this situation as a huge opportunity to create teachable moments and reinforce positive behavior that combats the 'win-at-all-cost' approach so prevalent in youth sports. This opportunity, ironically, is exactly why the Mitchell Report also appears on the 'Top 10 Moments in Sports' list we're releasing today."

To facilitate teachable moments, PCA also released its "Guide to Discussing Sports Incidents with Children," a practical tool that any adult can use to help youth athletes avoid imitating bad behavior and encourage them to emulate the many inspiring and uplifting examples that sports produces.

"While many bemoan the bad examples that adults set for youth athletes, PCA feels a responsibility to provide tools that can help make things better," Thompson said.

The entire Bottom 10 list, Top 10 list and Guide to Discussing Sports Incidents with Children, including links to video of many incidents, appear at http://www.positivecoach.org/Blog.aspx.

PCA's Bottom 10 List

10. Michael Vick, a marquee NFL star whose jersey is worn by thousands of children, pleads guilty to his role in a dogfighting operation that resulted in cruelty and death to many dogs.

9. Six hockey players and two coaches are suspended following a brawl between two teams of eight-year-olds in Guelph, Ont.

8. A Chicago-area man is caught on tape hurling his son's wrestling opponent off the mat.

7. An Allentown, PA-area middle school lacrosse coach is dismissed after pleading guilty to hitting a 13-year-old opponent in the face in the post-game handshake line.

6. NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleads guilty to felony gambling charges and admits he gambled on games in which he officiated.

5. Two Long Island brothers, apparently enraged over the benching of their son and nephew, receive a cell-phone call from the disgruntled boy, arrive at his game and eventually are arrested for allegedly beating the team's coach in front of the coach's son and the other 11-year-olds on the team.

4. Lincoln, NE police issue a ticket to a woman for leaving her daughter alongside Interstate 80 because of her unsatisfactory performance in a soccer game.

3. Northern Colorado University punter Mitch Cozad is convicted of attempted murder for knifing the punter ahead of him on the depth chart in a bid for playing time.

2. An Orlando-area man pleads guilty to charges from 2004 that he supplied his then-14-year-old son with steroids and human growth hormones to improve his speedskating results.

1. Release of the Mitchell Report on use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, implicating such heroes of youth athletes as Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, PCA has the mission of "transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth." To that end, PCA has conducted roughly 5,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 200,000 youth sports leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. Workshop attendees have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 2.2 million youth athletes.

PCA trains Double-Goal Coaches®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. This coaching method takes its name from "The Double-Goal Coach," a book by PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson.

PCA's partnership network includes more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2007, PCA will conduct roughly 1,500 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting thousands of other individuals via online workshops at www.PositiveCoach.org.

PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes including Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson as PCA National Spokesperson. Our National Advisory Board comprises luminaries from the worlds of academia, business and sports. Some of the PCA National Advisory Board members include NBA and NCAA Champion Coach Larry Brown, former senator Bill Bradley, NFL Hall of Fame Member Ronnie Lott, Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming Summer Sanders, University of North Carolina Men's Basketball Retired Head Coach Dean Smith, Cy Young winner Barry Zito, and Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    David Jacobson
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Positive Coaching Alliance
    Tel: 650-354-0903
    E-mail: Email Contact