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.


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.

Comments on Little League boundaries

Little League International recently posted information about their boundaries on their Facebook page and some people expressed their displeasure with the current system. Their comments are below. What do you think?

Why Would we need to know our boundaries? When you can just say that your kid goes to a certain school because of his or her friends go there and they can play outside the boundaries.

(Response): You can’t just say it, you have to prove it.

(Response): You know and I know that it’s easily falsified. Don’t try to sit there and justify the boundaries and how difficult it is for individual to prove that they’re outside that boundary. Little league especially the 12U division has become commercialize. That’s all and everyone is striving for to be on television.

There shouldn’t be boundaries. Let the kids play where they want to play.

Every year team after team after team shows up with multiple kids throwing 70 mph. I’ve seen competitive teams from a 30 mile radius that can’t pull that many great pitchers. How can that be? It’s because of waivers and boundary issues that are being broken.

Also the waiver excludes your kid from Allstars! That is ridiculous! There needs to be a better way.

What’s the earliest baseball or softball registration?

We’re looking for the youth baseball or softball league that opens their Spring 2018 registration the earliest. For most in the country this seems like a long ways away, but there are leagues in Southern California, Florida and other warm-climate states that are already meeting and planning for ’18. When does your spring registration begin? Email us at customerservice@coachdeck.com and let us know!

Little League Dreams

What a treat this is. The staff at Baseball Prospectus spent Labor Day compiling stories about their youth baseball and softball experiences, which range from touching to hilarious. We especially recommend the one by John Eshleman. Any sports fan, especially fans of youth sports, will enjoy these immensely. Courtesy Baseball Prospectus

So Close…Again!

Yesterday we told you about one of our Little League clients from Peachtree City, GA which came within one game of making it out of the incredibly competitive Southeast Region to the Little League World Series. Well, in the Southwest Region, it happened to another of our clients! McAllister Park Little League from San Antonio lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the championship game and also fell one short of the LLWS. Both of these teams had a tremendous run to get as far as they did and will remember the experience for the rest of their lives. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen for the kids and congratulations!

CoachDeck Client wins District Championship

Congratulations to CoachDeck client North Boulder (CO) Little League’s all-star team for winning their district all-star tournament. Way to go guys!