Full first round NCAA tournament schedule

Wondering when the March Madness tournament kicks off tonight? Not sure when your favorite team plays their first round game? Here is a full guide to the tournament schedule including where you can find the games on television. Go (insert your bracket winner here)!

Sports alive and well in the United States

There are some doom and gloom prognostications about the state of professional sports in the United States. Football has a concussion problem. Parents are no longer allowing their children to play. Baseball has a millennial issue. The game is too slow for the new, “I need to know everything now” generation. Pro basketball does not relate to the common fan.

Well, over 100 million people watched the Super Bowl, Major League revenues continue to soar, and the NBA’s ratings are up 30% this year. What is America’s pastime? Watching sports, enjoying our teams, and rooting for athletes. We believe it always will be.

Favoritism or Family?

We came across an interesting article from the Baton Rouge Advocate detailing how four coaches at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette coach their children on their teams. We get tons of questions and complaints from youth league parents stemming from the favoritism they feel is given to the sons and daughters of youth league coaches. At the college level is this the highest form of nepotism in sports, or is it a nice thing that should be allowed and even encouraged?

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.

How to make your coaches meetings

We hear it from leagues all the time. The highlight of their coach’s meeting was when they brought out the box of CoachDecks and handed them out. We recently had a soccer club Director of Coaching order a batch for his coaches and he went on and on about the benefits of the product. He loved how a coach could show up at practice straight from work and pull out a few cards and run a great practice. He said a coach might think, “Today we’re going to work on passing,” and simply fan out the “Passing” cards, (the green ones), and pick out four, with the plan being to do three. This way, he said, ‘if it turns out one isn’t working for the kids that day, you’ve got a fourth one ready in reserve.’

We love hearing positive comments like these and hope you’ll consider making your upcoming coaches meetings more special by giving out the best combination coach appreciation gift and training tool money can buy!

Over 1000 youth baseball leagues now using CoachDeck

Another milestone was reached this year as we passed the 1000 mark in youth baseball leagues that have purchased CoachDecks as a resource and appreciation gift for their coaches. As we work towards our next thousand, along with adding to the number of softball, football, soccer and basketball leagues using our product, we are developing new sports such as volleyball, hockey and others. Thank you to all of our terrific customers. We’re proud to have been invited inside your teams’ practices!