The Parent / Coaches Timeout Meeting
website describes a best practice in Youth Sports
called the Parents-Coaches Timeout
Meeting- the "PCT".
The PCT is a framework that
allows coaches and parents to communicate clearly, such
Coaches and Kids can learn from experience during the
season, make adjustments, and have much more FUN in
pursuit of shared objectives.
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is a tool for coaches, parents and
especially kids get much more satisfaction and fun
out of youth sports.
The PCT is a tool for organizations to
systematically collect feedback and inspect that feedback--
to learn and adapt. The PCT can help your youth sports
organization get better at delivering on intended results.
The PCT is a repeating, periodic
meeting between coaches and parents. In this
meeting a few simple simple ground rules provide a
structure for healthy and productive
interaction between groups of parents and groups of coaches.
The PCT concept has roots
in the best practices of some of the most innovative
on the planet, including Google, Yahoo, Toyota,
The PCT employs
an 'empirical process' that allows for adaptation and
learning by the entire team throughout the entire season.
The PCT an easy-to-use framework
for interaction that allows coaches
together, and act, from shared experience.
In doing so, parents and coaches can align results
with stated intentions. When this happens, kids can
get the most from their participation in youth sports
everyone involved can have more fun.
This web site describes the process
and benefits. It also provides some resources that you
can take away to help you get started with the PCT process.
Effects of the PCT Process
When you implement the PCT, you may
o Coaches paying more attention to
the Parent group
o Parents who act as a team, and self-organize
around preparing for and attending the next PCT meeting
o Coaches who exhibit a much more
adaptive style of coaching than previously
o Players who become more relaxed
and have more fun playing organized sports
o Players who advance skills more
rapidly than previously
o Individual Parents who tend to get
more engaged in volunteer activities inside the Organization
o An Organization that is steadlly
o A tendency for individual Parents
to perceive Team-level concerns as FAR more important
that any one individual Player-level concern
o Player teams that are highly adaptive
and execute better in game situations
o Parents groups who become
highly adaptive and better at helping the entire
o An Organization that is highly adaptive
and better aligning overall efforts with intended overall
If you want these effects for your
team or organization, consider the PCT Process as a way
to achieve them.
To make the world a better
place, by helping to make youth sports an activity
that improves the lives of Players, Coaches, Parents,
"Never doubt that a
small group of thoughtful,
can change the world..."
-- attributed to Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
US Anthropologist, Author
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Enjoy the site and please contact
us if you have any questions or experience to share.
PCT Terms- The list of terms used to describe and
discuss the PCT process.
Questions- The list of questions commonly asked
by Coach and parents.
Are you using the PCT Process in
your Youth Sports organization? Please contact
me and tell me more-- I am keenly interested in receiving
a report of your experience with the PCT Process.