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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 c ...
 
The Fastpitch Radio Network is more than a single podcast about fastpitch softball. It is a network for fastpitch softball podcasts. My goal is to bring together great producers of the best fastpitch softball content on the planet. If you produce a podcast for the sport of fastpitch softball, and would like to get involved with the Fastpitch Radio Network email FastpitchTV@gmail.com for more information. The Fastpitch Radio Network is part of The Fastpitch TV Network located at http://Fastpi ...
 
This was a podcast where my friend Lucas Parry and I explored topics including entrepreneurship, technology, philanthropy, social justice, our environment and other issues affecting our world and ways that we can make an impact. We retired the show after the pitch competition, but had a lot of fun doing it along the way!
 
Welcome to BE A HITTER Podcast, presented by Lindsay Gardner of JUST DIG IN. This is a station for parents and coaches who believe their players are capable of being great ball players. I will share with you the stories of my success and failure and how they shaped me into the ball player I was and the coach I continue to grow into every day. I'll give you tips for success, tales to learn from and truths you can stand by as we embark on this journey of becoming a great hitter, together... To ...
 
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It is still winter although we want to treat softball practice like its spring. Indoor practices are the only option for a lot of the country due to weather conditions. With the right attitude indoor practices can be very beneficial and can give us the opportunity to work on things from a different perspective. And sometimes these can make improvem…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss Oregon knocking off UCLA over the weekend, the Big Ten starting the season in Florida, and The Sun Belt perhaps being more wide open than expected. Eric talks with Marshall's Head Coach Megan Smith Lyon about 2021 and being part of Donna Papa tree at North Carolina. Eric and V…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we start by looking at the latest polls in our newest segment, Poll Position. Then, Eric Lopez talks with Arizona State's assistant coach Jimmy Kolaitis about being back in the Pac 12 as an assistant coach at Arizona State. Kolaitis discusses what led to his decision to join and work for Trisha Ford's staff. Kolait…
 
This weeks lineup: Lead off segment Listener Question: Coach is putting together his summer schedule. A lot of doubts about what will happen. Wants coaches opinion of what they think about how to put the schedule together. (@12:10) Paige's Power Play (@17:51) Recap of College Softball Kickoff (@25:50) Phenomenon of college coaches coaching teams at…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Michigan's Head Coach Carol Hutchins. The two discuss the 2021 Wolverines and the Big Ten starting the season in Florida. Hutchins shares how "Hutch" got into coaching, top memories, and winning the 2005 National Championship. Hutch offers coaching advice which she gives to people that go into…
 
All teams have players at different skill levels. Could the difference between winning at the end of the season be how much you players with the lessor skills have advanced? You have weaker hitters and fielders with weaker skills. If your practice plans push those players as well as your top players they will close the gap. Often starters or the be…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talked with North Georgia's Head Coach Mike Davenport about the Knighthawks 6-0 start and ranked No. 2 in national polls. Davenport discusses the outlook of the team, adjusting to schedules, and more. He also describes watching Cat Osterman dominate at Athletes Unlimited. Eric and Victor Anderson preview…
 
This weeks lineup: Warmup Segment Listener Question: Getting a pitcher in better shape (@10:51) Paige's Power Play (@16:33) Coaching staff and how to use them more effectively (@26:21) Getting players ready for college ball (@49:43) Quality outfield practice (@54:32) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss the opening weekend in DI Softball and how the weather issues impacted it. The two consider if the softball season should start later in the year moving forward. Eric talks with Iowa Head Coach Renee Gillispie. The two discuss the Big Ten conference's limited 44 game schedule,…
 
We have all seen it. You have an athlete that doesn't think they have to abide by the same standards as the other players. Many times it is a very talented player who thinks they are better than other players and should have special privileges. Sometimes this is a home problem and sometimes it is a coaching problem. We have seen where an athlete wa…
 
On this super packed edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with UCLA's Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez about the high expectations this season and getting Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles. Inouye-Perez talks about Maya Brady's growth as a player and the traits she has from her mother, Maureen Brady, an All-American pitcher at Fresno State, and he…
 
This weeks lineup: Warm-up Segment Listener Question: Is it okay for players to miss practice to pick up with other teams? (@12:04) Paige's Power Play (@17:39) When a hitter struggles we see something and immediately think that is the problem. Often that is a symptom caused by the real problem. @(25:20) College Softball is on the horizon. (@39:22) …
 
In this edition of In The Circle, We preview the upcoming 2021 College Softball Season. We talk with Amanda Scarborough about some of the Pac 12, Big 12, SEC, ACC, and Big Ten storylines. She also breaks down the sleeper teams, possible Player of Year candidates, and more. In the episode, Eric Lopez and Justin McLeod of Justin's World preview 19 co…
 
In this episode we discuss the importance of coaches knowing the rules and teaching them to your players. Your credibility is at stake if during a game it becomes obvious that you don't know a rule. We have all witnessed a train wreck when a situation happens and everyone is confused. Also it is imperative that when you go to a tournament that you …
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Florida Gators Head Coach Tim Walton. Walton offers insight about the Gators 2021 season outlook, How communication is critical in softball, and what it is like having Amanda Lorenz on staff. Also on the episode is our Throw Back Thursday segment with Amanda Lorenz from back in November. We al…
 
This weeks lineup: Warm-Up Segment Listener Question: Will we be able to see games in person this year? (@8:34) Paige's Power Play (@11:45) Part 2 of Rachel Coleman Interview on recruiting (@21:03) Hank Aaron's attitude about hitting. Keep Swinging (@52:15) Your players are working hard for you. Are you working hard for them (@55:04) Support the sh…
 
In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with LSU's Head Coach Beth Torina about the Tigers in 2021 and the "Torina Coaching Tree," superstitions, and more. Eric and Victor Anderson also go over the preseason polls in the SEC, ACC and Big 12 and discuss big realignment news in the WAC and A-SUN.By Fastpitch News
 
The discussion is about adding new players to your team and how to transition them from new players to just players. When we add new players, there is a learning curve for them that can impact your practices and games until they are fully transitioned into the teams way of doing things. For instance, at practice you tell the team to go do "x" drill…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson breakdown the first national preseason polls in DI. Eric talks with Oklahoma State's Head Coach Kenny Gajewski about Stillwater's high expectations from the first top ten rankings in the preseason poll since 1994. Gajewski discussed OSU's outlook for 2021 as well as the Big 12. In the…
 
This weeks lineup: Warm-up Segment Paige's Power Play (@11:43) First part of an interview with Rachel Coleman a former D1 Coach breaking down the softball recruiting process. (@18:31) Managing traveling by airplane to a tournament. (@53:49) Early season practices. (@58:13) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Ralph and Karen Weekly about the Vols in 2021 and reflects on their careers at Tennessee as they enter their 20th season. The two discuss the impact Jim Frost made had on softball in the state of Tennessee. Also, they talk about the hiring of Megan Rhodes Smith, coaching Monica Abbott, and wha…
 
Eventually, letting a pitch hit you is going to be expected. The coaches discuss this practice and when players are old enough to understand and not let it affect them in the batter's box. You have to understand the safety aspects as well as the psychological impact. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, We talk to three Arizona legends about their coaching career and the upcoming 2021 season. First, we talk with Arizona's associate Head Coach Caitlin Lowe and assistant coach Taryne Mowatt about the Wildcats program's legacy. Lowe and Mowatt also discussed the Wildcats outlook for the 2021 season, including the ret…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout Segment Listener Question: Which dugout would we chose and why? (@9:10) Paige's Power Play (@12:53) How much do catchers throw and is it too much (@22:26) Discussion of Bruce Lee quote - Don't speak negatively about yourself, even as a joke, your body doesn't know the difference. Words are energy change the way you speak…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Louisiana Head Coach Gerry Glasco about Ragin' Cajuns outlook for the 2021 season. In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss the surprising news over the weekend of Miranda Elish opting out of the 2021 season and what it means for the Longhorns and Big 12?…
 
The coaches discuss the absolute need for practice plans and being prepared. You should go to every practice with a legitimate plan. We lose kids when we bore them, we lose kids when we are disorganized and we lose everybody if they think we are wasting their time. Invest in a plan and adhere to it. This is a must listen for every coach. Support th…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we talk with Florida State's Head Coach Lonni Alameda about the Seminoles' outlook in 2021. Alameda discusses how they handled the uniqueness of the fall and an expanded roster that includes many new faces. Alameda also shares her thoughts on the ACC this season. We throw it back to our chat with FSU's associate co…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout segment Listener Question: Advice on how to protect myself catching my daughter as she gets faster. (@10:34) Paige's Power Play (@18:49) What to do when you see someone obviously teaching a player incorrectly. (@22:50) How appropriate is it for a parent to ask for an accounting of where the team money is going. (@34:37) …
 
In this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oklahoma's Head Coach Patty Gasso. Gasso talks about what she learned about her team this fall and the outlook for the Sooners in 2021. Gasso also discusses the Gasso Coaching Tree and how it's branched continue to grow across the country. Coach shares her thoughts on what has been key to deve…
 
Discussion based upon a study that was made as to what female athletes like, what motivates them and why they continue to play. The study covers a lot of ground and helps us understand what creates the best environment for them. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)By Tory Acheson & Don McKinlay
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we have part two of a two-part conversation with Cat Osterman. Cat discusses her decision to step down as Texas States assistant coach, her friendship with the NFL's Washington Football team Head Coach Ron Rivera. She talks about how Rivera and his family impacted softball as they donated to the Cal Softball progra…
 
This weeks Lineup: Shoutout segment Listener Question: Is it worth it to attend college camps? (@ 9:51) Paige's Power Play (@ 15:23) Discussion from NFCA convention that Travel Ball players need to compete for positions. (@ 18:44) Corona update on college softball (@ 33:33) Coaches we have to get in shape (@ 45:30) Support the show (https://www.pat…
 
We ring in 2021 on In The Circle with the first part of our interview with Cat Osterman. In Part 1, Cat chats with Eric Lopez about playing for Athletes Unlimited in 2020. Cat discusses being caught by Gwen Svekis & comparing her to Megan Willis; she also talks about the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021, her preparation ahead, making the 202…
 
In this episode we discuss things that we say that confuse the player. And when you really think about what we are saying, they don't make any sense. For the new year we need to add this to our list of things to stop doing to get the best performance out of our players. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout segment Listener Question: Daughter is struggling to hit the ball hard. (@ 9:04) Paige's Power Play (@ 14:14) Talent is increasing but passion is lagging (@ 19:09) Covering bases on steals (@ 40:00) A quality at-bat is not always a hit. (@ 48:58) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Taryn Papa about the experience of being on NBC's TV show "The Voice." Papa discusses what she learned from that experience and how she got into singing. Taryn also discussed singing the National Anthem at a North Carolina softball game, her music being used by the NPF, and her aunt North Caro…
 
This weeks episode discusses how to utilize assistant coaches. As head coach you need to delegate to your assistants certain responsibilities and let them coach. You also need to make sure that all of you are on the same page and avoid anything that undermines the players confidence in you or the assistants. Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout Segment Listener question: Daughter struggles off pitching machine, okay in game (@ 8:01) Paige's Power Play (@ 14:01) Off-Season conditioning and training (@ 17:53) 5 rules to becoming a great sports parent (@ 30:23) Sarcasm is not a good coaching philosophy (@ 44:30) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everything…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez has an in-depth interview with New C-SUN Head Coach Charlotte Morgan. Morgan talks about her path from her playing days at Alabama to coaching High School, College, and Professional teams, to now at CSUN, her first college Head Coach position. The two also discuss how Beth Torina got her into coaching, w…
 
In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with Oregon Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi about The Ducks, her experience moving from Associate Coach to Head Coach, her time at Oklahoma, and what she learned from Patty Gasso, and more. In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss the ACC & SEC decisions on the 2021 schedule and its impact on other conferences.…
 
There are situations in a game where getting an out over giving up a run puts your team in a better situation. Last inning and you are up by multiple runs with runner(s) on base. We can give up the run to make sure of an out. The objective is to keep the other team from getting a rally going. Listen as we discuss the different situations. Support t…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oregon State's Head Coach Laura Berg about having the Summer Olympics pushed back from 2020 to 2021 and how Oregon State looks for the upcoming 2021 season. Berg reflected on her experience at the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games. We also playback an interview with Michele Smith about the 1996 Olym…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout segment Listener Question: The school administration may build us a softball facility. What advice do you have? (@8:17) Paige's Power Play (@18:00) Impact of being the younger sibling. (@22:55) Body Language (@46:02) Trap of coaching every player the same. (@54:13) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfast…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Northwestern's Head Coach Kate Drohan. She shares her thoughts on the Wildcat's upcoming season and how she came to Evanston over 20 years ago under legendary Head Coach Sharon Drysdale. Drohan talks about being one of six Head Coaches from Big Ten to make it to Oklahoma City. Also, On this ed…
 
In this weeks episode we discuss the issue of dad coaches being too hard on their own daughters. First of all we acknowledge that softball would not be as big a sport without dad coaches. For a large part dad coaches are unfairly criticized for playing daddy ball. But we have the flip side where dad coaches are unfair to their own daughters trying …
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Minnesota Head Coach Piper Ritter. The two discuss her new role as head coach and being part of the staff for the last three Minnesota head coach changes. Ritter also discusses the outlook of the 2021 Gophers season and some of the great pitchers she has helped develop. In the episode, Eric an…
 
This weeks lineup: Shoutout Segment Listener question: How to make a pitching mat (@13:14) Paige's Power Play (@17:46) 2021 College Softball Update (@21:59) Home to First Time (@35:27) Celebrating small victories (@46:07) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)By Tory Acheson & Don McKinlay
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Notre Dame's Head Coach Deanna Gumpf about the outlook for the Irish 2021 season and her 20th as Head Coach of the Irish. Gumpf discusses how she built the program over the 20 plus years and how it transitioned from Big East to ACC. We also discuss what it is like working at Notre Dame with al…
 
This episode is based on a listener question of how should a player position their glove in the ready position. We discuss what a player needs to be ready for and the optimal position to have the best chance on all types of hit balls. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/everythingfastpitch)By Tory Acheson & Don McKinlay
 
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