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Everything Fastpitch - The Podcast
16 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Teach our players to get up!
An unpracticed skill is getting up when a play forces us to the ground. On offensive if we dive for a ball and catch it, obviously we need to get up quickly to make a play. If we miss it, we are suppose to be in a secondary position. Get up and get there.If we are a base runner either diving back to a base or sliding into a base, we need to get up quickly in case there is a chance to advance. The worse thing we can do is immediately ask for time while on the ground. The umpire granting time makes the ball dead. If the defender still has the ball, there is a chance they will make a bad throw. We can't advance while time is called. This can be practiced.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
64 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Proper Hitting Preparation / Player's attitudes and influences / Coaches, work on your game
This Weeks Lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: My daughter hits a lot of singles and has a good batting average, but does not hit with any power. (@13:21)Paige's Power Play (@22:08)Proper Hitting Preparation. The coaches discuss the 4 deep preparation of hitters getting ready for an at-bat.(@25:45)Player's attitudes and influences. We need to be aware of what influences our player's attitudes. We either can help or harm. (@42:23)Coaches, work on your game. We expect players to work on their skills. Coaches you need to work on your game also. (@53:32)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
12 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Catcher Positioning - Get your catcher where they belong
We discuss the fact that many catchers are way too far back of the hitter. Move them up where they can perform better. The further back you are opens the door to making the pitcher, catcher and umpire have a harder time. When you are close, breaking balls are easier to catch. Low balls don't hit the ground. Umpires get a better read. And the pitcher has a tighter zone to throw into.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
53 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Part 2 Interview with Justin McCleod / End of Summer Season / Advice on close of season for coaches
This Week's Lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: My daughter just played her last travel ball tournament forever. I am really depressed about it. What can I do? (@11:24)Paige's Power Play (@:15:34)Part 2 of our interview with Justin McCleod. We cover the Transfer Portal, NIL, etc. (@20:41)Wrap up of the end of the summer season. Make sure we are preparing ourselves to finish well. (@38:32)Coaches - wrap up the summer season and then take a break and decompress. (@45:41)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
17 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Why? Preparing players to understand.
We need to train and educate our players so they understand that the strategy choices we are making and to execute them accordingly instead of wondering why. Why distracts from executing.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
59 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Interview with Justin McCleod / Impact of National Organizations on Travel Softball / Coaches you are going to be judged either way
This Weeks Lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: What to do about a rained out tournament? (@8:36)Paige's Power Play (@14:29)Discussion with Justin McCleod about the state of college softball (@18:35)National Organizations are taking over travel softball. (@45:01)Coaches you are going to be judged either way. (@54:15)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
9 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Get more warmup time before your game by making a simple adjustment.
When games are being played back-to-back on the same field a lot of time is spent waiting on the team that just played to get out of the dugout and your team to get in. Why wait? Why not warmup?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
52 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Big Changes in the College Game / Umpire Shortage / Wasting Field Time
This Weeks Lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: My daughter is 8. Is it time to spend some real money on a bat? (@9:37)Paige's PowerPlay (@13:17)Big Changes in the College Game (@15:37)Umpire Shortage is Real (@39:21)Field time is valuable. Use your field time to do on the field stuff! (@44:32)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
13 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Don't confuse the players by saying things that are contradictory.
Sometimes we tell our players things that when looked at from all angles they don't make sense. For instance if we tell our pitchers to pitch down so that they get ground balls because we have a better chance of getting outs. Then we tell our hitters to hit it on the ground. If it is good for the pitcher how can it be good for hitters. There are many examples where we contradict ourselves and confuse the players.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
52 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Team Jumping / Why are a lot of catchers good hitters / Cutoffs, Relays & nightmares
This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question: Does it hurt my daughter's development by playing on a team with a great and dominant pitcher? (@7:25)Paige's Power Play (@14:25)Team Jumping (@19:55)Why are a lot of catchers good hitters (@33:49)Cutoffs and Relays and the nightmare that can occur if not done correctly. (@41:51)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
14 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Training players to transfer the ball from the glove to throwing hand or picking up a ball.
Actively training players to actually get a ball into the hand to throw is not practiced enough. It is a skill that can be taught and make the difference in a game. Picking up a ball off the ground is too often mishandled by not getting a firm grip on the ball. Transferring the ball from the glove to the throwing hand needs to be efficient and in a method that minimizes losing control of the ball.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
96 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Tribute to Coach Bob Heck (Father of fastpitch in Georgia) / Part 2 Joey Myers Interview / Recruiting Picture / Backing up in the Outfield
This weeks lineup:Tribute to Coach Bob Heck. Bob Heck was the first coach of fastpitch softball at any college in Georgia. He campaigned for high schools to change over to fastpitch. He established the sport at Georgia State University by backing the program with his own resources. Hall of Fame Coach Scott Whitlock joins Coaches Tory and Don who have known him for many years. RIP Bob HeckWarmup Segment: (@37:33)Listener Question: I have been made the all-star coach and would like some recommendations for getting them ready to play. (@46:20)Paige's Power Play: (@50:20)Second Part of Joey Myers of Hitting Performance Lab interview: (@56:46)Update on the recruiting picture: (@1:21:24)Make backing up in the outfield an important job. (@1:31:04)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
14 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Working on recognizing defensive spacing and making the correct decision.
Often during the course of a game, a fielding play will take the defensive player to an awkward position related to the space between a base or another player. How often have we seen a play where the fielder throws the ball to another fielder when it would be quicker and simpler for them to just make the play. Or they make a throw that is difficult for the other fielder to handle. It all boils down to instantly recognizing the space between them and where they want to make a play and making the decision of taking the play themselves or making a throw that can easily be handled by the other player. It all comes down to practice.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
64 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Interview - Joey Myers, Hitting Performance Lab / Lesson learned from college season / Coaches continuing to grow
This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener Question. Would the path Odicci Alexander took to play college ball work for me? (@11:57)Paige's Power Play (@15:12)Interview with Joey Myers of the Hitting Performance Lab. If you have interest in the scientific aspects of body movements, this is a must listen. (@19:03)Lessons learned from the college season. (@50:10)Coaches we need to think of every way we can to continue to be better coaches and give our players better experiences. (@59:17)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
12 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Our job is not to teach the skills but to teach our players how to learn the skills.
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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
57 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
NCAA Tournament Thoughts / Rethinking some defensive things / Overcoaching hitters in a game
This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener 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)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
29 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Tribute to legendary college coaches retiring.
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 made to the format and facilities.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
21 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Handling demands of two teams at the same time.
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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
4 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Thoughts and predictions for the College World Series
Coach Tory gives his predictions for the College World Series.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
61 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
College Softball News / Balancing Practice Schedules / Approaching an Umpire
This weeks lineup:Warmup SegmentListener 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 about a call? (@52:14)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)
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