CoachDeck client makes it to LLWS!

Hello, Williamsport! Here come the boys from Peachtree City (GA) Little League. And we know their coaches will be carrying along their trusty CoachDecks. Peachtree City, one of our newest clients, won the extremely competitive Southeast Region in the Little League International all-star tournament. Now let’s see how they fare on the big stage! Good luck to all!

Happy Friday from us at CoachDeck

We hope your weekend is filled with athletic adventure! Ride a bike. Shoot a ball. Catch a ball. Watch a ball game. Maybe it’s all-star time for your kids. No matter what, get out of the house and channel your inner-superstar! Have a great weekend.

Roads to the World Series’ have begun

It is tournament time for each of the two largest youth baseball organizations. The Cal Ripken Baseball World Series and the Little League World Series are about a month away, but the local all-star teams that will make it there are about to throw their first pitch. You can follow the progress on the Little League side here, and on the Cal Ripken side here. Good luck and have a great time!

My child should have made all-stars

It is the time of year that baseball, softball and soccer leagues begin gearing up for all-stars. The all-star tournaments can be a ton of fun and great experience for kids, but they can also cause a lot of anxiety and resentment. Invariably, when all-star teams are selected, some feelings are hurt when children are left off the team. Of course, parents are upset and hurt to see their children upset and hurt, but there is probably also a little bit of anger mixed in. Parents’ egos come into play. They want to be able to proudly let other parents know that their child is an all-star. And, it makes it doubly irritating to see other parents be able to have that “prestige” when their kids are seemingly no more deserving. It is hard, this time of year, no doubt. And in baseball, softball and soccer the decisions are very subjective. This often leads to suspicions or accusations of nepotism and cronyism, especially when coaches’ and board members’ children are picked over others.

The best service a league or club can provide in this matter is to make the selection process as fair and as transparent as possible. One way to accomplish this is to have a vote. It is OK to let the coaches vote, but let the kids vote also. They will more than likely get it right and since the top 50% of the team is going to be chosen no matter what, by vote or not, having the kids’ vote data might just make those tougher final choices a little easier to map out.