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Hey! I’m Ashley Burkhardt, a Midwest girl who lived out her dream of becoming a D1 softball player and, later, a professional athlete. SO MANY parents ask me how my parents were able to raise THREE daughters to become D1 athletes, and I truly believe it wasn’t a coincidence. I’m ready to share with you a little bit of how WE did it (from the car-ride home conversations to traveling 4 hours a week to lessons!) and give you some tips and tricks to help your daughter reach her dreams. I’m eager to also share with you interviews with some of the BEST softball influencers, parents and coaches to see how THEY did it...because, just like you, I’m eager to learn how to become the best version of myself, and learning from other people’s journeys is how we can make that happen. Buckle up! This is going to be a FUN ride!

When The Cleats Come Off Ashley Burkhardt

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 127 Ratings

Hey! I’m Ashley Burkhardt, a Midwest girl who lived out her dream of becoming a D1 softball player and, later, a professional athlete. SO MANY parents ask me how my parents were able to raise THREE daughters to become D1 athletes, and I truly believe it wasn’t a coincidence. I’m ready to share with you a little bit of how WE did it (from the car-ride home conversations to traveling 4 hours a week to lessons!) and give you some tips and tricks to help your daughter reach her dreams. I’m eager to also share with you interviews with some of the BEST softball influencers, parents and coaches to see how THEY did it...because, just like you, I’m eager to learn how to become the best version of myself, and learning from other people’s journeys is how we can make that happen. Buckle up! This is going to be a FUN ride!

    Signs you may be a helicopter parent

    Signs you may be a helicopter parent

    Our athletes don’t need us to solve all their problems, they need us to help them figure things out on their own and regulate emotions so they can grow up to be strong, confident, independent and curious athletes who run into their fears instead of hide from them. This episode shares what you can start doing to help her stay calm under stress better and build up her own self confidence.
    Articles Mentioned: 

    https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/development https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/development https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/behaviour/understanding-behaviour/self-regulation 

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    Asia Mape: How to enjoy the game more WITH your athlete - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/d8d02888-4a2a-4228-a207-349c66b48cc1 

    Scott Burkhardt: What it’s like being a softball dad - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/1827a77c-c6eb-4e23-917f-6e422766ff6b 

    12 things I’ve learned about being a parent - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/d95043ae-5276-49a1-8f9a-2181ad194f2e 

    • 28 min
    Alex Storako: Playing with a chip on your shoulder

    Alex Storako: Playing with a chip on your shoulder

    University of Michigan grad and 2023 National Champion at Oklahoma, Alex Storako, joins us today to talk about how some of her biggest failures prepared her to thrive on the biggest stage. She also answers some questions from some of our Virtual Hitting Academy members like: What her presence and self-talk looks like for her on the mound, why it’s important to have a great pitcher-catcher relationship, her experience playing for two HOF coaches, how she’s gotten through many mental blocks on the mound, the importance of building trust with her defense and more!
    Follow Alex on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alexstorako 
    Join the Virtual Hitting Academy and get $10 off with code PODCAST10  - https://www.ashleybtraining.com/virtual-hitting-academy-2-0 

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    Amanda Scarborough: How to become a more confident pitcher - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/78faecde-88c1-4bdf-b2ac-c7fa8dd8898d 

    Nicole Mendes: How to LOVE competing in the big moments and selflessly lead your team to Championships - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a8747b64-2bc8-44c4-8025-919c6accb163 

    Keke Tholl: Dominance and leadership behind the plate and in the box - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c585c406-0202-4da6-963b-9c2b9d8cd8cc 

    • 38 min
    How to hit the high pitch (and other locations) better

    How to hit the high pitch (and other locations) better

    Sometimes we can make hitting a little more complicated than it needs to be. In this episode, I’m sharing three tips on how to train to hit the high pitch (and other locations) with more ease from a tee warm up that I swear by, a productive mindset approach and a front toss drill to help you build discipline at the plate.
    Watch the 9 spot tee tee warm up (45 swings) on YouTube - https://youtu.be/H9t01wsvShc?si=IQjzlEpDkf0ih-VI 

    Get $10 off VHA with code PODCAST10 - https://www.ashleybtraining.com/offers/vor2GWwW?coupon_code=PODCAST10 

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    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ashleybtraining 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AshleyBurkhardtTraining/ 
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    • 28 min
    Aubree Munro Watson: Softball is BACK in the Olympics in 2028 but…in Oklahoma City?

    Aubree Munro Watson: Softball is BACK in the Olympics in 2028 but…in Oklahoma City?

    Hear from a former Florida Gator and 2020 Olympian, Aubree Munro Watson, why softball will NOT be played this round in Paris, her unique (COVID) Olympic experience in Tokyo 2020 and why she doesn’t agree with the decision for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic softball games to be played in Oklahoma City. Her take is unlike any you will see, and I’m so grateful to have her on talking about it!
    Follow Aubree on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aubree1munro/?hl=en and Twitter - https://x.com/Aubree_Munro1 

    Read USA Softball’s Statement about the 2028 Olympics - https://www.usasoftball.com/news/2024/06/21/softball-park-in-oklahoma-city-to-host-los-angeles-2028-olympic-games-softball-competition/ 

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    Website - https://www.ashleybtraining.com/ 
    YouTube - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmey7_LOSN8tSia6gcWqtIzTTyTDpOodr 
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ashleybtraining 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AshleyBurkhardtTraining/ 
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    Part 2 with Aubree Munro Watson: Leadership Behind the Plate, Identity Struggles, Athletes Unlimited and Church on the Dirt - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ffc62081-d4a1-4aac-b4bf-e822d799605f 

    Part 1 with Delaney Spaulding - The Road to the Olympics - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ecf74b51-37d2-4eed-a7b3-c1dd8f6697a3 

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    • 43 min
    Hitting Mentality: Do’s and Don’ts

    Hitting Mentality: Do’s and Don’ts

    Your thoughts in the box can either HELP you or HURT you, and here are 10 ways you can shift your mindset and training to give you the best chances as possible to be successful in the box and beyond!
    Previous episodes  mentioned:
    Ep. 67 - 10 hitting challenges to amp up your hitting - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/dc50d78b-e2d9-40ce-9f90-cf9d2129f2b1 
    Ep. 127 - Erin Coffel: How she went from Midwest standout to All-American at Kentucky - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/dbebe068-2a3a-4088-92de-63ffeffc91ad 

    Ep. 133 - Softball Pre-Game Confidence Meditation (10 min) - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/665243b2-1bad-4037-a918-f48f2c7e2333 


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    • 28 min
    6 mentalities to help you stand out this summer (inspired by the WCWS)

    6 mentalities to help you stand out this summer (inspired by the WCWS)

    This 2024 WCWS was incredible, so incredible that I broke down some of the key moments and players that we can be inspired by and learn from to help us stand out and play to our potential this summer!
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    Ep. 141 - Kaitlyn McNally: Maximize performance through nutrition - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c749c6e5-6eb5-4efe-8dd9-e9bc7fef0e97 

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    Ep. 133 - Softball Pre-Game Confidence Meditation (10 min) - https://player.captivate.fm/episode/665243b2-1bad-4037-a918-f48f2c7e2333 


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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127 Ratings

Mick4825 ,

All American level content!

It is amazing to hear from someone who has played and coached softball at a high level. I can share this information to my players and daughters. As a HS coach and softball dad, this is terrific to hear and share. Thank you!

AkLolly ,

So fun to listen to!

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this podcast. Ashley provides a wide variety of interesting softball content. Love hearing from her different guests as well!

Ryan Bell Softballgirldad#LB4 ,

The Jocelyn Alo of Podcasts!!

I started working a overnight second job to assist with lessons and the select softball journey for my now 10YO daughter. Somehow I stumbled across this podcast and boy!! Was it like finding an unlimited treasure map. I go back and forth between new episodes and episodes from the start! This has provided so much knowledge for a myself as a father and I’ve even got my daughter listening on the way to lessons/practices ( shout out AJ Andrews and all the other fantastic role models you’ve had on). Thank you for providing the ultimate resource to help us stay weird and prepare for when the cleats come off!!

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