The Positive Sports Parenting Series #2

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Positive Coaching Alliance, Los Angeles is hosting a series of talks about youth sports featuring famous parents. The second episode (April 12th) was held here at El Camp and featured Soccer and baseball legends, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra.

Hearing from such accomplished athletes about the trials of raising their kids was a real treat. Steering twin 11-year-old girls and a 6-year-old son through the variety of options available in youth sports, their preference was for their kids to just play an have fun. Nomar emphasized playing multiple sports as played three sports in High School and two in College. Mia was focused and giving her kids freedom to just play on their own with their natural instinct taking over.

The event started with a PCA Second-Goal Parent Workshop delivered by PCA-LA Development Manager Marti Reed who was a NCAA Softball Champion at UCLA. Marti conveyed the PCA principles of the ELM Tree of Mastery and Filling Emotional Tanks.

The panel discussion was moderated by PCA-LA Board Chair Ellen Robbins and PCA-LA Board Member and Children’s Hospital Physician, Bianca Edison who stressed that sports specialization is leading to overuse injuries that have not been seen in youth athletes before.

Thank you to the Bay Club who sponsors the Positive Sports Parent Series through EcoMedia CBS and to El Camp USA, where PCA-LA offices are for hosting the events.

The next episode of the series will feature Alexi Lalas talking about soccer, music and parenting.

The event will, once again, be held at El Camp on April 26 at 6:30pm.

Register for the next event at or contact Alan Berkes: 310-773-0128;

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