High school basketball loyalty

In our modern era where high school players will transfer from one school to the supposedly greener pastures of another to, (they hope) better their chances of a scholarship, get more playing time, etc. the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer salutes those who chose to stay at their schools for four years and who were rewarded.

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Tension between parents and league

This story is three years old, so hopefully things have been resolved by now. But it illustrates the issues of field use and communication youth leagues often go through.

Sports Nutrition Tips for Promoting Healthy Bones

From our partners at TrueSport: Kids who participate in youth sports achieve greater peak bone mineral density in their 20s than kids who watch from the bleachers, but only with adequate nutritional support. In some extreme cases, poor dietary choices coupled with high intensity exercise can reduce bone mineral density instead of increasing it! To ensure you are promoting optimal bone health in your youth sport athlete, follow these recommendations. Read article.

Seventeenth Annual ABF Event Attracts Over Three Hundred

Tommy John Entertains ABF Enthusiasts, Courtesy our partners at the American Baseball Foundation:

Major League pitcher and groundbreaking comeback hero, Tommy John detailed his return to the mound after Dr. Frank Jobe, Los Angeles Dodger orthopaedic surgeon took a tendon from his leg and repaired his elbow in his throwing arm allowing him to return to the Major Leagues and win an extra 154 games. Tommy joked that many present players ask him if he is a doctor, since the surgery is now named Tommy John. 
 
Harkening back to his mid-west upbringing and the influence of his father, John noted that he has always remembered who he is and where he came from.  He has not let fame flame his pride. He also bemoaned the reliance on speed as the factor in gauging pitching performance, as he noted that pitch control with movement on the pitch is the key in having the hitter mishit the ball.  Also Tommy offered numerous entertaining stories related to competing at the highest level of play, as he did for twenty six years. 
 
The ABF bestowed its leadership award, now named after deceased ABF board member Jerry Mileur who spent his life in service of his university students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Teresa McGaughy, community youth sport leader and ABF volunteer for over two decades received the award amid her loving family, who members have come to serve young students through volunteer and teaching positions in the ABF.

CoachDeck for T-Ball?

We get asked once in a while if we do a version of CoachDeck for T-Ball. We tried to make CoachDeck comprehensive so it can be used by coaches from T-Ball all the way up to high school. Some of the drills in the deck are too advanced for T-Ball, but some, such as Cap Buttons are perfect for all ages. What we hear from leagues that give these to their youngest coaches is that at the beginning of the season the coaches can use a handful of the drills but that by the end of the season they’re using many more because the players have advanced so much.  In fact, we’ve seen “very similar” versions of some of our drills online being touted by a national organization as great T-Ball drills.

Congratulations Philadelphia Eagles

We’d like to thank both the Eagles and the New England Patriots for one of the most entertaining Super Bowls in history. It was a shame someone had to lose but this NFL Championship was probably long overdue for the City of Brotherly Love. Now what do we do for the next six months until football starts up again?

Quote for Friday

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler. Beat down some doors today and then have a great sports weekend!