It’s that time of year

We love the Little League all-stars and its the time of year that District Champs are crowned and teams are moving into state tournaments. In the ultra-competitive Southern California tournament, teams face an incredibly long road to even have the chance to be champs of half the state. One of the sections we watch closely is California Section 10 where two of our clients, Ocean View Little League and Ladera Ranch Little League squared off for the section championship. Ocean View, for those who don’t know, are celebrating the five year anniversary of winning the entire Little League World Series, and is a perennial powerhouse. Ladera Ranch has never advanced beyond the section tournament. Ladera Ranch won 3-0, behind a one-hitter tossed by Ben Bartlett. We’re recommending you remember both the league name and the pitcher’s name. Could be in for a long, fun ride.

Unprecedented level of support for PHIT Act

We’ve been telling you about our partners, PHIT America.org for years and touting their PHIT Act (H.R. 1218/S.2218), a bill that will help the U.S. address the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’. Now, the number of members of the House of Representatives in support of the legislation has reached 100. You can help support this important bill by contacting your congressman.

Oceanview Little League survives and advances

CoachDeck client Oceanview Little League is a baseball powerhouse. Usually a favorite to win their district, the league came through again this year and was playing in the section tournament on the fifth anniversary of their 2011 Little League World Series championship. Read about their dramatic, come-from-behind victory in yesterday’s elimination game against another traditional winner, Aliso Viejo Little Little League. Our eyes will be on the winner of this section to potentially make a deep run in the stacked Southern California tournament.

Moore In The Bleachers

By Steve Moore, that is. Here’s another one that made us laugh out loud. There might be a hidden message he’s trying to convey about ballpark food. Courtesy GoComics.

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Friday Funny from In The Bleachers

It’s finally Friday! We’ll start your day off with a laugh, courtesy of Steve Moore’s comic strip, In the Bleachers and GoComics. PES instead of PED’s? Or maybe PEZ!

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Some great quotes for today

We don’t think one is enough!

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”  – John Wooden

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

Finally pitch-count restrictions for high school baseball

We’ve seen the stories of high school pitchers throwing well over 100 pitches in a game. At last, the National Federation of State High School Associations Baseball Rules Committee has approved a revised pitching policy that will require state associations impose a pitching restriction policy for the 2017 season based on the number of pitches thrown in a game. Here is an article explaining the rule change from the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer.

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