Coaches Training and Education

River City coaches get involved in yearly educational sessions.  All coaches must go through a yearly background screening by the AAU.  AAU provides our coaching staff with one of the best educational resources available…it is the PCA (Positive Coaches Alliance Double Goal Coach courses.

Every year the AAU selects from over 2000 candidates a top 75 youth coaches in the country for their Double Goal Coach award.  In 2015 Coach Deb Grafentin was selected by the AAU as one of the top 75 in the United States for this award.

Read below regarding the PCA and the courses our coaches will take.

The AAU National Office is happy to provide FREE Coaches’ Education for all AAU Non-Athletes. This exciting program is administered by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), using their Double-Goal Coach® online courses. A Double-Goal Coach has two goals: winning and the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

*Mandatory for Coaches. All registered coaches will take this free course as part of gaining membership into the AAU. The AAU is proud to be a leader in the youth sports market and looks forward as being the trendsetter in coach education in years to come.

This Double-Goal Coach training program will give all team administrators, club directors, and coaches the tools they need to help youth athletes improve. PCA’s online course is filled with powerful coaching tools that are based on the latest research in sports psychology and reflect the “best practices” of elite coaches and athletes, including such PCA National Advisory Board Members as 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, Past NBA Champion Coach Doc Rivers, retired NFL Head Coach Herm Edwards, Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Bart Conner, Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA star Ruthie Bolton and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Summer Sanders, just to name a few.

Everyone will enjoy the interactive video and audio segments, featuring many of these top coaches and athletes, throughout the course modules. Course users who achieve an 80% score on the quiz at the end of the course will receive a completion certificate. After completing the Level 1 of the coaches’ education program, participants will be able to complete Level 2 and Level 3 courses in subsequent years.

Whether or not you have completed your required Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Online Course, we hope you will use all of the PCA resources made available FREE to you as a benefit of the AAU-PCA National Partnership, including:

RC coaches also receive weekly emails from the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) tips of the week and articles regarding all forms of coaching volleyball.  We stay up to date on excellent drills and what the best coaches in the country are talking about.  AL RC coaches are members of the AVCA, the largest volleyball coaches association in the country.