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, recruitingm etc. it is all covered, hence the name Everything Fastpitch.... Show More

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July 8, 2020 47 min

This weeks episode has been split into 2 separate podcast downloads. This is the first part without an interview we did concerning anxiety and mental issues. We have our equipment tip of the week and  a listener question. We follow with what has unfortunately become our normal Corona update segment. Corona has far overshadowed softball news. We end up with a segment on pulling pitchers. When, how and what's best to develop a pi...

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This is the interview segment of the weekly podcast. It covers anxiety and other mental issues that young people experience. We felt it was important enough that instead of breaking it into 2 parts, we would post the complete interview as a separate podcast. It is an interview with Heather Murphy, LCSW. Heather is a former college softball player that experienced anxiety during her playing days. She works with parents of anxious te...

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The outcome of each game can be put in one of four categories. You play well and win, you play well and lose, you play poorly and win or you play poorly and lose. Evaluating your games helps you develop a schedule that will help optimize your teams development. We discuss these game result aspects to help you know what to do for future games.

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Another episode packed with information for the fastpitch enthusiast. Listener question of how early can a player start lessons. Our mental tip of the week from Paige Tonz. And of course a discussion of the disruption of softball because of Corona. We have an interesting interview with Dr. Joe Rouw. He is a developmental optometrist who enjoys working in the field of optometric vision therapy and has an interest in working with ath...

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This weeks episode is covering conduct issues that a couple of our listeners have encountered in tournaments lately. Verbal abuse should not be tolerated by anyone at a softball tournament. Let alone young players. Threats of physical violence is off the chart. Coaches we have to set the standards for our team and be an example. And we have to do what is necessary to maintain those standards. Even if it means dismissing a good play...

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A listener asks a question for some guidelines to maximize Batting Practice. Latest Power Play from Paige Tonz. We have an interview with Steve Goody the CEO of Pocket Radar. He gives us an update of their product and how it can be used in the recruiting process as well as how it can be used in the development of hitters and pitchers of all ages. And we have our normal good and bad with the Corona guidelines. Based on some listener...

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This week we discuss the lineup. The goal of the lineup is for the team to have the best chance to win. It is not as simple as putting players in positions or batting order based upon a set formula. It is all about synergy. The whole is better than the sum of the parts. The key to being successful is communication. Players (and parents) have to understand the strategy and buy in. Listen as the coaches talk about it and relate exper...

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Our listener question this week is about dealing with a shy player. Paige Tonz of pagetonz.com provides her tip of the week. An interview with Ryan Taylor of SoftballBound which is an app that provides detailed information about colleges for use in the recruiting process. We have our normal Corona impact discussion to update what is going on related to softball.Coach Tory wants to challenge ESPN's choice of the Greatest Softbal...

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I have learned one very important thing in the last couple of years, I wish I had started writing a blog when I was still coaching.

Why, you ask? 

I would be a much better coach than I was. I think I’ve learned more from writing these blogs than I’ve shared with the reader.

I was an all-time yeller and screamer! I came up when the idea was that great coaches were people like Bobby Knight and Vince Lombardi. Those coaching legends were...

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We have a listener question about having a pitching rubber they can take with them to practice at locations where there isn't one. Our usual Corona update on the effects and changes that are being required. We discuss camps and showcases if the college coaches are not going to be allowed to attend. Create a system to keep your dugout from looking like an episode of Hoarders.

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We will have far more rules and guidelines that we will have to follow now that we are starting to play again. This week we focus on meetings or the lack of them. Team gatherings that routinely occur during the course of a game are going to be curtailed or eliminated. We have to adapt.

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A listener asks about taking over a team when the existing coaches have to leave due to changes brought about because of COVID-19. Again this week we discuss the latest changes to the softball community and the latest collegiate news brought about by the shut downs. What is your opinion about stalling in time limit game?. And finally we give you suggestions about building you game schedule.

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When we get to start playing again, there are going to be restrictions that are going to be inconvenient for all of us. Coaches you have to lead the way of not harping on them, but staying positive.

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Today we discuss a listener question of how to assist players who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. We have an interview with a mental game coach and our normal COVID-19 updates from youth softball through collegiate softball. Our coaching tip is how to best use the initial practices when we start back up.

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College coaches may not be able to watch any games this summer. We know this to be true at least through June 30th. If we have established a connection with a coach we have to be able to give them something that can be a substitute. This year coaches may have to make decisions without any face-to-face opportunities. We go through the processes that coaches and parent of recruited players must do to give the college coach everything...

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Of course COVID-19 guidelines are still the dominate issue with getting to play. We update with the latest news we have collected. Are Showcases really showcases if the college coaches can't attend. We discuss ways for players to still interface with college coaches to get their name out there. Teams are having to fold because they are not going to have enough players that can come back when things open up. How do we handle tha...

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Starting practices back up will take some discipline. Bottom line is that the team that shows up for the first practice will not be the same team you saw the last time you were together, They will be at different levels of conditioning and muscle readiness. We discuss suggestions for starting back up and advice on following the rules and guidelines so that the option of playing is not taken from you.

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This week we start out with a "Did You Know" about the origin of softball. We give our equipment tip of the week. In response to a listener question we discuss the issues around whether college coaches will be conducting or attending camps this summer along with some of their "can do's" and "can't do's". When softball starts back up, it will not be the same and we have to be prepared for the chan...

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This week on Coach Prep we go over the Communication Pyramid we have created. Team and player to player communication starts from nothing in the beginning years and develops to something very sophisticated in older great teams. We equate the process of learning to communicate with different levels of schooling in our pyramid. Communication has to be practiced and coached to perfect and is a requirement to move up the ladder to grea...

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We again present a piece of equipment that we use in our training. Click here to see the products that we like. A listener asked us to discuss "How long to warm up". We give a Corona impact update and the effects it is having in cancelled events and how college coaches are being affected and what this means for the summer recruiting season. Many ideas are floating around about what changes would have to be made for the game...

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