You Are the Ref

It has been a long while since we posted a You Are the Ref, from the UK’s Guardian, created by Keith Hackett and artist Paul Trevillion. Long overdue, Here is a teaser for you. We’ll post the answer tomorrow.

STOP Sports Injuries Specialization Tweet

Our partners at STOP Sports Injuries tweeted an important message about kids only playing one sport:

Is Your Young Athlete Ready for Serious Training?

From our friends at TrueSport:

At what point is it appropriate for kids to go from playing to serious performance or sport-specific training? It depends more on their emotional and physical readiness than their age. Read this article for a guide to evaluating kids’ readiness for serious training and competition.

OnDeck sponsor Quick Hitter

One of the best training tools you can find for working with young players is our OnDeck Newsletter sponsor Quick Hitter. The Quick Hitter is a new, highly-effective batting trainer-aid that simulates genuine pitching conditions. Unlike other batting aids, The Quick Hitter delivers a moving baseball directly into the strike zone… training you to read and react to the ball more like an actual pitch!

Eight things not to say in youth sports

This article from Fatherly.com focuses on Little League, but is relevant to anyone coaching any youth sport. We recommend paying attention to each of them and trying to avoid these mistakes going forward.

Custom football gloves

Your players will love the custom football gloves done by our friends at TeamFootballGloves.com. Done in your organization’s colors, including your team’s logo on the front and on the tackified palm, nothing beats them for performance, durability and style!

Baseball Drills for Youth Coaches

Looking for some fun drills to do with your players, but don’t have the time or desire to go online, log-in to websites, watch streaming videos and download practice plans? We’ve got what you need. CoachDeck is a handy deck of 52 drills broken into four color-coded categories, designed so that youth coaches with little or no experience can still run professional practices on the fly. You and your players will be glad you got it!

Five Ways Coaches Can Encourage Teamwork

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

To effectively encourage teamwork in youth sports, coaches need to do more than talk about it. Here are five ways coaches can create an environment conducive to teamwork.

Drills for soccer coaches

What do you do if you’re a volunteer youth soccer coach and you show up at practice straight from work? Do you remember the detailed training curriculum your league provided? Do you have time now to review it? Probably not. Can you pull something up on your phone while 10 energetic kids bounce from one foot to another looking at you? Doubtful.

That’s why you need a CoachDeck. Pull out your deck of fifty-two fundamental drills that can all be made into fun games kids love broken into four color-coded categories, (dribbling, passing, shooting, defense), and in less than a minute you have terrific practice plan that is sure to be a hit!

52 Drills in a Deck of Cards

Tired of trying to pull up coaching drills on your phone or at work when you remember you have practice starting in a half hour? Nothing is more convenient than having a handy deck of cards with 52 drills broken into four color-coded categories. Volunteer baseball, softball, soccer, football and basketball coaches all over North America have been relying on our fun and easy-to-use product for years. You can too!