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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 coa… Continue Reading >>
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. << Show Less
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Take care of our gloves Gloves are the tools of the trade, but they are often neglected. Teach your players how to take care of them and also be prepared to make repairs when needed.Support the show
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Take care of our gloves Gloves are the tools of the trade, but they are often neglected. Teach your players how to take care of them and also be prepared to make repairs when needed.Support the show
How Important is a Player's Potential / Time Limits / Over Coaching This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question:  My daughter is an outstanding pitcher and is an integral part of her team. After the season has ended the team has added more pitchers. Should we be worried? (@12:07)Paige&apos;s Power Play (@19:47)How important is a player&apos;s potential? We have to balance performance against a player&apos;s potential. Success is not measured by potential. (@24:26)Time Limits. Pros, cons and dislike of time limit games. When looking at tournaments look at how many innings you will get to play not the number of games. Longer time limits will usually result in more innings. (@36:50)Another discussion on coaches trying to make mechanical changes to a player on every pitch. (@46:46)Support the show
How to handle a player who doesn't want to be there? Sometimes we encounter a player who just doesn&apos;t want to be there. The parents or someone has decided that they should play ball. Maybe its for exercise, being part of a team or they honestly think the player will like it if they give it a try. We have to handle the situation so that it isn&apos;t a distraction.Support the show
College Softball - The rich keep getting richer / Nationals vs World Series vs ?? / Illegal Pitch This weeks LineupWarmup SegmentListener Question: What will happen if they change the transfer rule to allow unlimited transfers? (@08:12)Paige&apos;s Power Play (@12:38)The rich keep getting richer in college softball. The transfer portal and NIL is allowing players to migrate to the great teams. (@16:17)How do you distinguish between all the different &quot;Final Tournaments&quot;. With so many nationals, world series, etc tournaments, we don&apos;t have a true national champion. (@30:33)Illegal pitches. Players from the very young to the older ages are getting by with illegal pitches. They don&apos;t want to change, but what is going to happen when the encounter a game where it is being called. (@37:43)Support the show
Player or team performance is not a straight line of improvement If we graph performance of a player or a team it is not a straight line showing improvement each day. Skills are developed over time and while the skill level will increase over time it will ebb and flow on the way. Also it will depend upon what we measure to show improvement. As we progress through the age groups the skills of the opposing players and teams improve. And as the opponent improves it is harder to use the typical measuring sticks, like batting average, era, on-base percentage, etc.Support the show
When a player outgrows her team / Stage Fright for players / Ask better questions before going to a tournament This weeks lineup:Warmup Segment:Listener Question: Why do people think that having coaches with no players on the team is the greatest thing ever? (@10:32)Paige&apos;s Power Play (@20:29)What to do when a player outgrows her team. (@24:36)How can we help the player that is all-american in practice but fails in a game. Its like she has stage freight. (@34:23)We see it all the time where a team complains about the facilities after they get home from a tournament. Can be fences, field maintenance, concessions and on and on. Almost everybody has been to a tournament and know what they like and dislike. Ask the questions BEFORE you make a commitment. Don&apos;t assume that because it is a big tournament or showcase that everything will be first class. (@48:10)Support the show
Silly Season - Finishing the season and trying out for next season The coaches discuss this time of year where teams are finishing this season but are planning for next season. We are finishing up with probably our biggest tournaments of the year. But, many are trying to get a jump on preparing for next year. It is hard to stay focused on the task at hand for the players and coaches if we are distracted by working in tryouts at the same time.Support the show
Etiquette for showcases / Organization Jumping / Pick the right showcase This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: What do we do when the coach plays a guest player and several of the team members are given limited playing time? (@8:51)Paige&apos;s Power Play (@15:52)Etiquette for showcases. The coaches discuss some dos and don&apos;ts for parents and coaches regarding the college coaches that are in attendance. (@21:32)Organization Jumping. Is the grass always greener on the other side? (@35:05)The coaches discuss picking the right showcase for the level of talent on your team. (@42:35)Support the show
Teach your players the basics of keeping score We can increase the softball IQ of our players by teaching them the basics of scorekeeping. They will better understand how their batting and fielding average is computed. Also they could look at an online or offline scorebook and reconstruct what had occurred. Every little bits helps in the education process.Support the show
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