Everything Fastpitch - The Podcast

Everything Fastpitch - The Podcast

Everything Fastpitch is a podcast hosted by Coach Tory Acheson and Coach Don McKinlay. Tory and Don are former college coaches that are now full time instructors and travel ball coaches. Since retiring form active collegiate coaching they have committed themselves to providing educational materials to the fastpitch community. This podcast is one of the resources they are providing. Their website has 500+ blog posts and they have a YouTube channel. All of these cover fastpitch softball from coaching and training beginner athletes up through college athletes. It is a great resource for players, parents and coaches. Whether it be training tips, mental aspects, coaching methods, recruiting etc. it is all covered, hence the name Everything Fastpitch.

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June 11, 2021 12 min

During a game the player is fielding, catching and hitting without a coach on the field telling them what to do or how to do it.  So the players need to understand the skills needed and why certain things work and some don't. If they don't really understand the skills they tend to act robotically. Between the white lines they are their own coach, so train them accordingly. 

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This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: My daughter seems like she has plateaued, is this normal? (@13:30)
  • Paige's Power Play (@20:09)
  • NCAA Tournament Thoughts (@24:10)
  • Rethinking some defensive things (@37:44)
  • Overcoaching of hitters in a game (@45:56)
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    Coaches Tory and Don  are joined by Hall of Fame Coach Scott Whitlock to discuss the retirement of Coach Candrea from the University of Arizona and Lu Harris-Champer from the University of Georgia. They also cover the retirement of Kennesaw State University's 30 year baseball coach Mike Sansing, which all three of them have had close connections to for years. They also touch on the College World Series and should changes be mad...

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    Coach Tory and Coach Don discuss the issues with trying to please 2 coaches at the same time. When school ball and travel team games and practices overlap, what is a player to do? Each coach has the best interests of their team as a number one priority so the player either has to make a choice or do all that each one requires. 

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    Coach Tory gives his predictions for the College World Series.

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    This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: College teams play far less games in a day that travel teams. Does tha make sense? (@12:21)
  • Paige's Power Play (@18:56)
  • Observations from watching the CWS regionals and the transfer portal. (@21:39)
  • How to handle schedules when you have a mix of players with completely different high school schedules. (@43:15)
  • How should I approach an umpire when I have a question a...
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    May 28, 2021 10 min

    Running incorrectly can hinder your players performance. It is difficult to track a moving ball if your eyes are bouncing around. Proper form makes it much easier to make the plays.

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    Coach Don and Tory discuss the Super Regionals that are being played starting on Friday the 28th

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    This week's lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener question: What's a good time from home to first.? (@7:02)
  • Paige's Power Play (@14:22)
  • Part 2 of interview with Tristan Hildebrant of Anderson Bat Company (@17:36)
  • The last game. Many players are playing their last game. Some thoughts. (@33:07)
  • Better jump on the bases. (@40:24)
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    A discussion of pick-off plays. When are you ready to add them to your toolbox and what you have to understand to use them.

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    This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: My daughter pitches behind often but still gets strikeouts. Is this a problem? (@8:51)
  • Paige's Power Play (@12:50)
  • Part 1 of an interview with Tristan Hildebrandt of the Anderson Bat Company. A great discussion on the bat manufacturing business. (@14:56)
  • Listener question discussion. What do we think about a player being a pitcher only especially at the younger ages?  ...
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    May 14, 2021 14 min

    Coach Tory discusses his experiences with coaching in a softball tournament at a vacation destination. There are pros and cons. The family gets to combine a vacation with going to the tournament. The hosts market the tournament as a destination location because of the attractions. But for softball those attractions are really distractions. They can be detrimental to play. Just make sure everyone is on the same page as to what the n...

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    This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: I live too far for access to instructors. What are some alternative options? (@10:00)
  • Paige's Power Play (@15:02)
  • Pitcher - Catcher relationships. The catcher can be valuable in getting better pitching performance.  (@19:53)
  • The D1 recruiting calendar is back on and players need to be prepared for returning to somewhat normal. (@33:22)
  • The million dollar question. H...
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    In this episode we discuss the need for emphasizing the need to have an every pitch focus. Players need to understand each pitch could be the one that they need to react to. It's easy to lose focus, but we have to dial back in at pitch time.

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    This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: Pickup Players playing instead of team members (@15:30)
  • Paige's Power Play (@21:15)
  • Part 2 of Interview with Jerrad Hardin (@30:46)
  • College Softball News (@45:03)
  • Unusual skill for better practices (@51:36)
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    All sports have an optimum arousal level. When our emotions are below that level or above that level we don't perform as well. This week we discuss the need to monitor that level and make sure our players are not trying to execute while their emotions are out of bounds.

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    This weeks line:up

  • Warmup Segment
  • Listener Question: How to handle different coaching styles. (@10:20)
  • Paige's Power Play (@16:46)
  • Interview with Jerrad Hardin. Coach, instructor, camps and author.? (19:02)
  • Highlights in the world of college softball (@49:26)
  • An error can open the flood gates. Work on pitcher's fielding. (@01:02:24)

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    Most of us have to adjust to time limit games because of the number of games that are scheduled on a field. It is the environment we live in. Because of that, it is mandatory that managing the clock has to have a high priority. In this episode we discuss how much playing time is lost to wasted minutes. Each minute lost waiting on someone, changing sides, discussing calls, etc. is a measurable percentage of our playing time. Let'...

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    This weeks lineup:

  • Warmup Segment:
  • Listener Question: What are our thoughts on walk-up music (@13:50)
  • Paige's Power Play (@20:15)
  • College D1 Recruiting Changes (@27:45)
  • D1 pre-selecting Regional Playoff Host Sites (@32:18)
  • College Softball is Really Really Good (@38:05)
  • Slap Defense 2nd baseman up close (@49:37)

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    April 16, 2021 17 min

    We have had a lively Facebook discussion of our blog post on "a strikeout is just an out". The coaches discuss the concept that it is very difficult to have multiple swing mechanics. At the next game you attend watch the reaction of players, fans and coaches between going back to the dugout after striking out and after just poking the ball to the infield. Often we see shame in striking out even if it was a good at bat versu...

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