Happy New Year from CoachDeck

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and a Happy and Prosperous, Lucky ’13!

SI’s signs of the apocalypse

Told in a slide show of humorous photos.

Soccer in the streets

Here is an organization we’ve discovered to seems to be worthwhile. Their mission is to bring the game of soccer to disadvantaged and at-risk youth. One of their programs is “Soccer in a box”, which consists of building an enclosed soccer facility in an area where children don’t have access to open fields or facilities, usually on an unused and abandoned tennis court.

Joys of youth soccer

A few days ago, the L.A. Times’ Chris Erskine wrote this cute and funny column about his experience watching his children play AYSO soccer. We thought we’d share it with you.

December OnDeck Newsletter

If you missed them, our December issues of OnDeck for baseball and soccer can be viewed online. As always, if you’d like to sign up to receive them direct to your inbox, you may do so here.

My holiday youth sports wish list

The holidays are upon us! This is a time to reflect on the past and look ahead with hope for a new and brighter future. Here are a few items on my holiday youth sports wish list:

That all parents who are about to complain about league politics attend one year’s worth of board meetings before speaking up.

That moms and dads who yell at referees or umpires in a youth sports game have to officiate the next one.

That city municipalities strapped for cash don’t immediately look to charging youth leagues for services that used to be free as a way of balancing their budgets.

That the word “scholarship” be erased from every parents’ mind until their child has at least reached puberty.

That coaches who run onto the field and scream, “THAT’S YOUR FAULT!” to the ten year-old player who made a mistake that let the other team score, (as my son observed while coaching a 10U travel game) would be made to play a game against each other. Every time one messes up, a kid from their team gets to drill them with a ball from close range.

That there was a safe place in every town where children could get together and choose their own teams, decide their own rules, and officiate their own games, with no parents watching.

That all kids who wish to play sports could do so without injury, politics, nepotism or undue parental pressure damaging the experience.

That once each week every frazzled volunteer coach who is scrambling to practice from work, trying to organize a group of energetic kids and figure out what to do with them has a parent come up and say, “We really appreciate you. Is there anything I can do to help?”

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to wish for any of these things. However it’s our job as parents, coaches and league officials to try to make youth sports as perfect as it can be. Here’s wishing all kids have as near the perfect youth sports experience as possible. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a fantastic 2013, from CoachDeck.

OnDeck Newsletter goes out this week

Our popular OnDeck newsletter will go out a week earlier than usual due to the holidays. If you’d like to have it sent to your inbox, you may sign up here. We’ve got some great stuff in this month’s edition. Don’t miss another issue!