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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 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.

Everything Fastpitch - The Podcast Tory Acheson & Don McKinlay

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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 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.

    The Comfort Zone, Stretch Zone and Panic Zone

    The Comfort Zone, Stretch Zone and Panic Zone

    Players need to advance their skills by practicing skills that are out of their comfort zone but not into their panic zone. The middle ground is the stretch zone. Learn to push them, but not to far.
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    • 15 min
    Loyalty in the game / How hot is too hot / More efficient practice

    Loyalty in the game / How hot is too hot / More efficient practice

    This week's lineup:
    Warmup SegmentListener Question: Can you give me some ideas on how to make practice fun for younger players? (@14:24)Paige's Power Play (@26:16)Is there any loyalty in our game and how do we deal with it? (@28:59)A lot of the country is experiencing a heat wave. How do we deal with the heat and make the call that it is too hot? (@48:08)Get our players onboard to make practices more efficient. (@54:04)Support the show

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    Enthusiasm - When is too much too much

    Enthusiasm - When is too much too much

    Today we discuss enthusiasm. There is a line that you can cross where enthusiasm becomes obnoxious. It is our job as coaches to keep our team on the right side of that line.
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    Great Team Interview / Dominant Team OK? / Things don't always go right

    Great Team Interview / Dominant Team OK? / Things don't always go right

    This Weeks Lineup:
    Warmup SegmentListener Question: My daughter is a pitcher and a shortstop. How can she be ready if going straight from shortstop to pitching? (@10:21)Paige's Power Play (@17:24)Interview with the ROWVA/Williamsfield Varsity Cougar softball team. A smaller school in Illinois. The players decided to do something to raise awareness of mental health and suicide this year. Listen to the interview to hear the things that they are involved in. @21:41)Is having a dominant team in college softball a good thing or a bad thing? (@37:56)Sometimes when we do the right thing it doesn't always turn out good. Keep playing the right way and don't be afraid of the time in can go wrong. (@51:36)

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    • 57 min
    Be consistent with your coaching style in big moments

    Be consistent with your coaching style in big moments

    You are going to a big out of town tournament. It's costing the parents and players a lot of money. When you factor in travel, living expenses and missed work the investment is significant. Don't let "we have to get our money's worth" alter your coaching style. Your team will play better if you stay consistent. If you display a lot more pressure, it will carry over to the team. 
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    • 12 min
    How many players needed on travel teams / Tryout Tips / Bunting is important

    How many players needed on travel teams / Tryout Tips / Bunting is important

    This weeks lineup:
    Warmup Segment:Listener Question: I keep score for out team. What determines if it is a wild pitch or a passed ball? (@10:24)Paige's Power Play (@17:28)How many pitchers and additional players should a team have? (@21:03)Tips for trying out for a team. (@32:35)If practiced, bunting can be an additional weapon for your team. (@40:49)Support the show

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

sam2982 ,

Great listen for softball parents or coaches

I’ve been listening for a couple of months now. I like that they talk about all different age groups. They really seem to have good insight on the game.

whateveryouthink1029384756 ,

Transgender athletes

Someday I hope there is a group of transgender mlb player that identify as 16year old girls and Crush your daughters teams. Cowards!

SoftballdadPHD ,

If you love softball, listen here...

Most reliable and informative softball podcast anywhere. Coach Don and Tory are pros in this game and they leave no stones unturned. Whether you are new or experienced to the game they are great at explaining every concept they talk about that is both thoughtful and insightful in a way that is understandable to anyone listening. A lot of informational podcast come off as too technical and is boring. Everything fastpitch is done well and is entertaining to listen to while you learn. They also conduct great interviews with other coaches, mentors, scouts, and/or something related to the game to help you. Having said that, I feel like in 20 years from now we’ll look back at Coach Don and Tory and day that they will be a huge part of what we are seeing now in the sport: a softball boom.

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