PCA Development Zone®

Resource Center

Athlete Identity

PCA offers six online courses - all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports.
Take A Course »

Share This Resource

Positive Coaching Alliance and Coaching Corps are joining forces to become a powerhouse organization dedicated to optimizing the positive impact of youth sports on kids. Research shows that a positive youth sports experience teaches teamwork, develops leadership skills, creates opportunities for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion and builds community. Our vision is to build a world where every child benefits from a positive youth sports experience with a coach who inspires them to become the best version of themselves.

This article, originally produced by Coaching Corps, demonstrates that adolescence is a critical time for girls to become involved in sports. Current societal norms apply pressure for girls to become more 'feminized' and take other responsibilities not involving sports. To reduce the drop-out rate of girls in youth sports, and promote self-confidence in your players, creating a sense of athlete identity is imperative.

Download the Article

  • Type: PDF Document
  • Size: 641 KB
Download the PDF