Little League Umpire Mechanics

Really good instructional video provided by Little League baseball which provides a 20 minute clinic on umpiring on the “small” field, (60-foot bases). This is a must-watch for any aspiring or even veteran Little League umpire. Very well done by Little League.

Tommy John and son

The L.A. Times’ Chris Erskine has delivered another strike this morning with his article about the man for whom a surgery that has resurrected thousands of baseball careers was named, and his son. The two of them are crusading to spread the word about pitching injuries, especially in young arms. Parents, might want to read this.

Surgeon General calling for more activity

Think about it: Are there times you could walk when, instead  you drive? Do you take elevators when you could take stairs? This report, brought to us by, no surprise, our partners at PHIT explains how the U.S. Surgeon General is asking Americans to make get back to a more physically active way of life. Think of all the benefits to you, (exercise, less heart disease and other illnesses) and on our world, (fewer emissions, smaller carbon footprint). In many ways the “good old days” were just that.

High schooler sets paralympic world record in the 1500

This is the 1500th post in our CoachDeck blog. And it happens to come on the 15th of the month. So we wanted to tie in 1500 somehow and thought this would be a good way to do it. Mikey Brannigan, a high school student from New York diagnosed with Autism, set the world record in the 1500 recently. You can read the article, courtesy of, here.

Good information from TruSport

We’ve told you about these folks before. We love their mission and what they stand for. Here is some great info on sports specialization:

Last time, we told you how youth sports can be a vehicle for developing healthy eating habits that help children achieve peak performance both on and off the field. This week, we want to share how playing multiple sports allows children to develop a wider variety of motor skills and helps prevent burnout and injury.

Before you read any further, consider that 88% of players drafted in the 2015 NFL draft played another sport in high school (

Sport specialization is an incredibly hot topic right now and your take on it is likely related to your values and interests as a person.

With the exception of early-specialization sports like figure skating and gymnastics, current research suggests that it is best for children to sample and play multiple sports prior to the age 15. Playing multiple sports allows children to develop a variety of motor skills (footwork, hand/eye coordination, throwing and catching skills) and helps prevent burnout and injury.

Rushing to specialize in one sport can be a detriment to a child’s long-term performance, enjoyment of sport, and even long-term health. Encourage development on all levels for a well-rounded athlete and kid. Specialization isn’t a bad thing, but it’s got to be for the right reasons—and driven by the child.

In order to give you a variety of perspectives and thoughts on if—and when—your child should focus on one sport, we talked to four top youth sports experts for their opinions on the matter.

To read more about single-sport specialization, visit our sport specialization page at or email us at

Still more on Little League age change

Friday we brought you the story about the new Little League age requirement and yesterday posted some of the comments we’d read from individuals who did not like the change. Here are some additional comments we’ve seen, not necessarily pertaining to the age cutoff, but to rule changes in general:

Bigger issue: LL needs to move the pitchers mound back to 50′. Kids having to react to a pitched ball like a major leaguer to a 95-98 MPH fastball is ludicrous. AND, Babe Ruth 13 should pitch from 55′ (the most boring baseball on the planet is Babe Ruth 13 y.o.). The move from 46′ to 60’6″ is too much for 95% of 13 y.o. kids. Also, move the basepaths in LL to 65′. Give them a decent chance to turn a DP.

What they should do is phase out the high performance bats. The championship game was a total joke. More like a Home Run Derby than a ballgame. Then there’s the danger they pose to the pitchers.

More on Little League age change

Yesterday we told you about Little League changing its age cutoff date to ensure that 13 year-olds are not playing in the 12 year-old division. Some folks, especially a special subset who have children born in 2005 between May 1 and August 31 aren’t too happy. Here are some comments we’ve seen:

What about the kids born between May 1 and August 31 2005?? Now they don’t get a 12 year old year at all, What a joke LL!! My son will go from being an 11 year old in 2017 to a 13 year old in 2018 (when the grandfather ends), thus losing his last year and the one he’s been looking forward to since he started playing Little League

The worse part about the new rule is that the (2015 9 year old) completely loses his 12 year old, giving him/her only three years of little league since he will turn 13 during the calendar year! This change is a joke and needs to be overturned our modified! Shame on you for doing these kids that way!

Exactly right, have a kid born July 2005, he loses his entire 12 year old year. Rule is a joke. No wonder so many kids have left Little League.


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