News from American Baseball Foundation

From our partners at ABF:

Dear BASIC Supporters & Donors,
Thanks to you, this summer has already been a home run.
Our Birmingham BASIC East and South programs teed off this summer divided among the following three gracious host sites: John Carroll Catholic High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. These sites have served as a stadium, a classroom, and a home to 140 children eager to learn, play, and connect with one another.
We also kicked off our Inaugural Huntsville Summer BASIC program, where under the umbrella of Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) North, the Huntsville School System has embarked on the BASIC adventure with forty-eight new students.
Your support has given these children access to over 300 sports-related math and reading lessons and 160 hours of access to qualified coaches and educators. Over the next few weeks, we will spend time actively and collaboratively learning meaningful content that will provide opportunities for choice and autonomy, a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, and a brighter future for those whose circumstances make it look bleak.
BASIC curriculum was written by the Learning Department at UAB and designed to redress summer learning loss in students grades 1st-8th. Over the last 20 years, our program has strived to relieve the stress and disadvantages had by under served children later in life by closing the learning gap between middle and low-income students at an early age. With tremendous success, the BASIC curriculum, our staff, and your support have averaged up to a six month gain each year in crucial subjects such as reading and math.
Here are a few examples of all the fun we’ve been having this summer!
To see BASIC in action, visit: https://youtu.be/DmsdRb1p7xA.
For more information about the American Baseball Foundation or BASIC, visit our website at http://americanbaseballfoundation.com.
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More (great) stuff for Father’s Day

Yesterday, we shared Bill Plaschke’s great article about volunteer dad coaches in honor of Father’s day. The same paper also employs one of our favorite columnists, Chris Erskine and he wrote a tear-jerker that we’d love you to read while you think about your own families. Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day from CoachDeck

Hopefully, all the dads out there were spoiled rotten yesterday and had a great day. Be we think you still deserve more so we’d like to share this article from Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times which he wrote to honor the volunteer coach dad, something we’ve been doing for over a decade!

What College Coaches Look For In High School Athletes

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

With a lot of competition for a relatively small number of athletic scholarships, high school athletes need to know what college coaches are looking for. Performance on the field matters, but so does what you do off the field. Read our guide to find out what college coaches are looking for in their scholarship athletes.

Another voice in the crowd

We’ve opined on this topic many times. How travel sports can be rewarding, but can also eat away at a family’s structure. Debra Moffitt of Slate shares many of the same thoughts.

Youth League All-Stars can be unfair

This is the time of year we get emails and comments from parents about how unfair all-stars are. They theme is that there are children who deserve to be on the team who have their hearts broken because of nepotism. Board members and coaches’ children get preferential treatment, they maintain. This article we wrote several years ago offers a pretty effective solution for this situation. While it may be too late to implement this in your league this year, join the board and see to it that this policy is enacted for future seasons.

No rolled bats in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island District 4 Little League has implemented a plan that they hope will end the practice of players gaining an unfair advantage from using a “rolled” bat in the upcoming all-star tournament. What is a “rolled” bat and how do they intend to identify them? This article explains.