Fantastic story

Here is a feel-good story about police officers in Chicago fighting crime by being with kids on the baseball diamond. Heroic!

How Do You Achieve Sport-Life Balance in Youth Sports?

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Dear TrueSport Family,

This week, we want to share some good tactics for maintaining a healthy sport/life balance. 

Sports can be like swimming in the ocean on a big wave day: You survive one wave (or tournament or week of practice), feel good, only to stand up and be hit by the next one you didn’t see coming. While sport/life balance can seem elusive for both your child and your family, it’s important to keep searching for it.

Balance needs to be determined within every family and is often different for each child. The athletes need to be part of the discussion. Why are they doing the sport? What are the objectives? Fun? Use those goals as a springboard for what is appropriate, time-wise.

When a child discovers something they like, they’ll go after it with fervor. No matter the age, it is part of the parental responsibility to help the athlete maintain balance. Remember that rest and recovery is part of the high performance equation and that the world’s best athletes don’t actively compete all year round.

Remind yourself and your child that the goal is not to be excellent at everything. Sacrifices are made on the athletic journey.

To find out which sport expert said “The balanced athlete has a more robust self-identity,” and more tactics on maintaining a healthy sport/life balance, please visit the whole post at or email us at


Welcome back, hockey and Chris Erskine

We’re big fans of both the NHL, (yes, we’re working on our CoachDeck for hockey) and LA Times’ writer, Chris Erskine. For your Friday, enjoy another of his whimsical articles and let’s drop the puck!

Just bad, so bad

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about parents ruining kids sports, here are two shining examples of parental behavior on the ball field. In the second case, why are these kids even playing kid-pitch? They should be playing coach-pitch or, at worst, machine-pitch. Just awful baseball, awful parenting, awful coaching and awful umpiring.

Are parents ruining kids sports?

If you are a parent, coach or educator in the realm of youth sports, we highly recommend this article from the Washington Post written by Michael S. Rosenwald. Pressure, fear of failure and lack of fun are, in study after study, being linked to the decline in youth sports participation. Apparently not every youngster wants to be on an elite travel team and win national championships at age seven.

Thanks to The Ultimate Pitching Machine for sponsoring OnDeck

Another new advertiser, The Ultimate Pitching Machine, made its debut on our September OnDeck Newsletter. The Ultimate Pitching Machine is a great, inexpensive solution for coach-pitch divisions in youth baseball.

New advertiser, Youth Baseball Tournament Finder

Youth Baseball Tournament is the fastest and easiest way to list or find a youth baseball tournament. And best of all, its free! We appreciate them sponsoring our OnDeck Newsletter for September.


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