Gruden trying to save football

We know him from his successful coaching career and his arguably more successful broadcasting career, but you may not know that Jon Gruden is also an outspoken advocate for the game of football itself. He specifically wants to see an increase in funding for high school football, citing the game’s many ancillary benefits in social and community realms. He might have a great point.

Key to Coaches’ Meetings

Have a coaches meeting coming up soon for your league? There’s one thing we can recommend to really make it a success…hand out CoachDecks! Nothing brings more excitement than giving every volunteer their own deck of 52 good, fundamental drills that can be made into fun games their players will love. Contact us at for league discount pricing and ordering information!

What took so long?

We say this tongue-in-cheek, but it has always been confusing the way sports organizations who use the “U17” or “U10” etc. label their age groups. Since the “U” stands for “Under”, the phrase reads like, “Under 10” which would lead one to believe that 10 year-olds don’t qualify because a child must be under 10 to play. But no. We all learned that “Under 10” was really for ten year-olds and we all just accepted the terminology and moved on. Volleyball uses the same classification and even some travel baseball and other sports. But fortunately, US Youth Soccer came to the realization that there is no good reason to continue confusing folks. They are changing the age classifications to read “10-U”, as in “Ten and Under”. Let’s hope the other organizations out there still putting the “U” first come to their senses as well. (Courtesy Soccerwire).

What did you do last practice?

Did you show up with a good plan and implement it? Or did you not have time and had to wing it? We aren’t judging. We know how hard it is to work a full-time job and still find time to prepare for practice. That’s why we created CoachDeck. A deck of cards with 52 good, fundamental drills for soccer, basketball, baseball, softball or football. Simply pull a few cards out of the deck, or let the kids choose them, and you’re ready to go. Instant practice plan, millions of combinations. Never boring, always fun. Become a great coach with a little help in your back pocket.

Message from Jim Baugh, President of PHIT America

Our partners at PHIT have important news we want to share with you. Below is from Jim Baugh, President of PHIT America:

In 2016, we got another 50,000 kids moving in school-based programs giving us over 100,000 in the past two years. Here are some of the highlights:

We doubled their activity levels adding an avg. of 85 minutes of physical activity per week per child
Many of these kids are being active and playing sports outside of school
In the past two years, almost 300 school programs have been supported
Cost per child for the two years is now at < $15 per child
We already have 3 new Major Sponsors committed to enlarge our impact in 2017; If you want to help us contact me at

Even though we made a big success this year, 445 schools representing 224,000 kids did NOT get a GO! Grant because of a lack of funds. So, you will be learning soon about a way YOU can help get a kid active, fit and healthy.

For as little as $50, you can jump-start a lifestyle of physical activity for a child. And, for $1,000 you can help a school. THE PHIT ACT – Use NOW
Yes, 102 to be exact. And the great news the PHIT Act has bi-partisan support: 56 Democrats & 46 Republicans. Congress is starting to get the message.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. Get your employees, contacts and friends to access to send a message to their Members of Congress. We even have a chance to pass the PHIT Act this year. Help make this happen!

GREAT stuff from the folks at PHIT…let’s help them make America a healthier, more PHIT place!

Did you miss today’s OnDeck Newsletter?

Don’t despair. You can read both the soccer and baseball/softball editions here. ¬†You’ll especially love our expert articles from Doug Bernier (baseball/softball) and Tony Earp in soccer. Sign up so that you get all future issues sent to your inbox!

Get tomorrow’s OnDeck Newsletter!

There are more great articles and offers in store when OnDeck hits the virtual newsstand tomorrow! It’s free and can be delivered right to your inbox. Make our monthly newsletter one of your must-reads!