Come out strong in the second half!

Second half of the year, that is. Can you believe that as of today the year is half over? Well here’s wishing you give yourself a motivational locker room speech, storm out onto the field ready to dominate the remainder of 2015. Whether you’ve built a nice lead or are a few points behind, the rest of the year is yours for the taking!

Happy Father’s Day from CoachDeck

Dads, you deserve a day in your honor. And we know what you’ll be doing tomorrow. You’ll be out on the field kicking soccer balls around to your kids or pitching them baseballs or softballs. Maybe there’s a game of hoops one-on-one in the future. Or maybe all of the above. We know, because you’re sports dads and sports dads can think of nothing better than playing sports with their children. Have a great day!

Best way to care for a baseball glove

Our friends at Vinci Pro have created a detailed page of tips for caring for your ball glove. The high points are that you should remember that the leather is like your own skin and that means it is best kept clean and free of pore-clogging oils or creams. But in order to care for a great Vinci glove, you’ll need to order one first which you can do from our partners at Upstart Sports. Play ball!

Funny umpire insults

Now, we don’t recommend berating, slandering, abusing, insulting any game officials, so these should be taken tongue-in-cheek. But even the butt of one of these jokes should chuckle a little. Just like anyone, even umpires should have a sense of humor. Courtesy of Heckle Depot. We’ll have more later:

  • I didn’t know we were golfing today, I would have brought my clubs!
  • You drop more calls than AT&T
  • Did you star in “Weekend at Bernie’s”?
  • Hey blue, that call was a get outta here quick call!
  • I thought only horses slept standing up!
  • It’s against the law to make prank calls!
  • (Hold up cell phone) Is this your cell phone? Because it has three missed calls!

Are today’s parents turning kids off sports?

Our partners at PHIT America are making it their mission to get people up and active. So it makes sense that they sound the alarm when it comes to the decline in participation of children in sports. In this article they site a study that finds a direct correlation to the over-involvement of parents, what they term, “hyperparenting,” and kids quitting sports. This clearly leads to inactivity, increased obesity and other health problems and a less fit generation.

Congratulations to the champs!

Hat’s off, (and thrown onto the ice) to the 2014-2015 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks! This is their third win in six years, officially moving them into dynasty realm. The Stanley Cup playoffs are always one of our favorite events in all of sports, and this year’s tournament didn’t disappoint. From overtime thrillers to last-second goals, nothing beats the excitement of playoff hockey. We’re sad to see it go.

Roads to the World Series’ have begun

It is tournament time for each of the two largest youth baseball organizations. The Cal Ripken Baseball World Series and the Little League World Series are about a month away, but the local all-star teams that will make it there are about to throw their first pitch. You can follow the progress on the Little League side here, and on the Cal Ripken side here. Good luck and have a great time!

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