Reasons parents say no to sports

We, here at CoachDeck, really want kids to play sports. But some parents have hesitation. Here is a good article written by Janis B. Meredith published in the blog that bring these reasons into focus.

Support the American Baseball Foundation

One of our partners, American Baseball Foundation, is putting on an event that is sure to be fun for all:

American Baseball Foundation’s 16th Annual Lead Off Dinner featuring Hall of Famer Jim Rice.  Please make plans to donate and attend the Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 event.
$1200-Gold Sponsor
Table for 8 in priority seating area
2 Tickets to VIP Cocktail Party
Name/Logo recognition in event program,
 all marketing materials and social media
$750-Bronze Sponsor
Tickets for four
2 Tickets to VIP Cocktail Party
Name/Logo recognition in event program
Individual Tickets $150
Please call or contact the ABF at:  205-558-4235;;
Recently the ABF received a high compliment as one of the monitors for the after-school program mentioned that our enrichment period was the punishment for misbehavior. That is the child cannot attend if she/he breaks the rules.   Why do the children value our reading/sports visits that take place weekly throughout the school year? Because they are fun!   Everything is a game!
Two hop scotch groups vie with each to use the site words that they have just jumped through to make human sentences before the opposition by lining up in sentence order one word per student.
Combining site words and catching a ball, students contribute to their teams by recognizing the site word (one point) and catching the ball (one point).
At the end of the reading period, students form one group to answer questions regarding the reading in order to move on to the sports period of the lesson.
Students play “Stump the Coach” by forming teams that ask the coach questions related to the book being read.   The team that poses the most difficult questions wins achievement tickets.
Students add and subtract teams’ points to win achievement tickets between baseball/softball half innings.
Teams compete for tickets as they rotate through the three aspects of baseball/softball—hitting, running and fielding.
 Wouldn’t you like some fun after sitting in school all day and then being ushered into the after-school program to be supervised for the two hours before pick up? Wouldn’t you maintain best behavior in order to experience BASIC?

Pregame Outfield

Baseball coaches: Looking for tips on taking pregame outfield? Here is a good article courtesy of Sam Slavik and

Baseball and Softball Drills

If you’re contemplating coaching a baseball or softball team this spring, but you’re worried that you won’t know how to run a great practice, we’ve got your solution. CoachDeck is the number one resource for youth, volunteer coaches. Our handy pack of 52 drills in a deck of cards allow you to instantly put together a professional practice plan on the fly. Just show up, and while the players are getting loose, choose a few cards and you’re ready to go. Your league needs your help in the coaching ranks. But you won’t be on your own. We’ll help you, help the league.

Happy Weekend from CoachDeck

And can you believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas Eve-Eve? We usually implore you to get out and play or at least watch your kids play a sport during the weekend but this time we’ll allow your sport to be mall-walking looking for those perfect gifts. Are any of you done shopping already?

Is lack of fitness putting our national security at risk?

Our partners at PHIT have issued a message that underscores their mission of improving the fitness of adults and, especially, children in the United States.  Due to a lack of physical education programs in American schools, more and more children are lacking the physical abilities required to serve in the military. “One in three children are overweight and obese and about 71% of our children cannot serve in the United States military because they are overweight or obese,” said retired Rear Admiral James Rodman. Helping pass PHIT America’s PHIT Act would be a great start toward reversing this trend.

UNICEF 70th Anniversary Choose a Photo Contest

Vote for your favorite photo and give recognition to our partner, UNICEF and all the great work they do worldwide for children in need. From their website: For UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, we want you to choose the most captivating and powerful UNICEF photo from our seven decades of working for the world’s children. Browse the top contenders, and place your vote in time to celebrate 70 years of UNICEF!

Should young boys play football?

Keith Strudler of Marist College doesn’t think so. As we at CoachDeck make a deck of cards with drills to help volunteer football coaches run their practices, we obviously don’t agree. But he makes some interesting points we’d like to share.

New OnDeck Advertiser, Rope Bat!

There is an ingenious baseball training device on the market called The Rope Bat. We’re proud to count them among our newest advertisers on our OnDeck Newsletter!

American Baseball Foundation

One of our newest advertisers in our OnDeck Newsletter, The American Baseball Foundation, is among the worthiest of causes we’ve ever encountered. Check out this review of what they do on Sports Product Review. If you’re looking for a great organization to support, if you love kids and sports, this is the one for you.