This past August, the Pine River-Backus School District began a process to better one's understanding of what extracurricular activities should provide for our school and community.

The focus of this process is to get all parties involved in the development of our students and to understand the role extracurricular activities play in our district.

The different groups that are responsible for this development had an opportunity to participate in a series of workshops presented by the national organization known as The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The PCA's mission is to transform the youth sports culture into a development zone where all youth and high school athletes have a positive, character-building experience that results in better athletes and better people.

This mission is what we at PR-B have always strived for.

Four groups were identified to meet and participate in workshops put on by PCA: parents, coaches, school board members and our student athletes. The terminology used in the four workshops was the same as was the ultimate goal: "Better Athletes - Better People."

Each group was given an outline of their responsibilities and role in reaching this goal. The groundwork has been laid for those who want to be a part of bringing our children and our community to the next level, and to help develop a culture we can all be proud of.

This is an ongoing process and takes a real commitment by everyone - school board, coaches, parents, athletes and fans. Cultures develop over time. It is up to all of us to make sure that our culture continues to be what is best for our children.

We have some books available in our high school office if you would like to read about PCA and their identification of roles for coaches, parents and students. You can also read about PCA online at www.positivecoaching.org.

Let's work together to make every season the best it can be for our kids!