SSP033: Lauren Haeger, Danielle Henderson, & Renada Davis

Episode 33, I sat down with Lauren Haeger, Renada Davis, and Danielle Henderson in their apartment to chat about softball. These three Dallas Charge rookies talk about their softball experience from when they started playing softball to their recruiting experience. The recurring theme has been to trust the process and resist focusing on the results. I loved listening to their… Read more →

SSP032: Jolene Henderson on being MINDFUL in your PRACTICE

Favorite Quotes: “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land in the stars.” “Be present in the PRESENT.” Jolene Henderson is the first draftee for the Dallas Charge. Henderson graduated from Cal Berkeley as a BA in Pitching. Jokes people. In all seriousness, Jolene is a competitor in the circle. She’s currently pitching for Team Denso in Japan. Jolene shares the… Read more →

SSP031: Austin Wasserman Guide to High Level Throwing

Austin Wasserman is the author of High Level Throwing and Co-Founder and Director of Strength & Conditioning at A.B. Athletic Development. Austin received his B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning through the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology. He also received his Masters Degree in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He… Read more →

SSP030: Jen Schro Catching

  Jen Schroeder, owner of the Softball Performance Workshop, founder of Jen Schro Catching & the Packaged Deal. The former UCLA Bruin has created a cult following of catchers and softball players that attend the Workshop and the Packaged Deal clinics. Over the course of 2 years on Facebook, the Jen Schro Catching page has reached close to 30K likes… Read more →

SSP029: Kevin Shelton General Manager of the Dallas Charge

Kevin Shelton is the General Manager of the newest franchise in the National Professional Fastpitch league, the Dallas Charge. Shelton was in the Navy and became a coach once his daughters began playing baseball and eventually softball. As his daughters grew older, he and another coach decided to start the Texas Glory based out of Dallas, Texas. Over time, the Texas… Read more →

SSP028: Coach Matt Lisle on Balancing Family, Softball & Self-Improvement

“The worst thing a coach can do is to develop a philosophy and spend their entire career defending that philosophy.”   Coach Matt Lisle from, and creator of the Hitting Vault joins the Smart Softball Podcast to share his experience balancing family life and softball life. Coach Lisle has 15 years of experience coaching baseball and softball and continues… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 026: Morgan Stuart Give & Attract Greatness

Give & Attract Greatness Morgan Stuart played infield at the University of Washington where she won a World Series and was awarded All World Series Team in 2009. She is the lead infield instructor for The Packaged Deal, which hosts one of a kind clinics around the country. Most recently, she played third base for Team Philippines in the 2014 Asian Games… Read more →

Hitting Tips for Tee Ball & Coach Pitch

When working with young girls or women, it’s important for every coach to establish a good working relationship based on communication and trust. Young girls will be more receptive to learning if they feel comfortable making mistakes and trust that you can give them the information they need to make them successful. This leads me to the importance of creating… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 025: Savana Lloyd Growing the Game

“Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond our limits.” – Stewart Emery Savana Lloyd is a coach, mentor, speaker, and the founder of SL Fastpitch, whose goal is to revolutionize how softball pitchers and developing athletes approach growth and performance. Savana’s background as an athlete includes pitching collegiately for Boston College, Texas A&M, and internationally in the 2006 and 2007… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 024: Keilani Ricketts what YOU put into it is what YOU get out it

Keilani Ricketts, 6’2 left-handed pitcher for USSSA Pride, Toyota Shokki, and National Champion at the University of Oklahoma. Accolades: 4-Time All-American, Two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2012-13), 2013 WCWS Champions, 2013 NFCA First Team, Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 WCWS, 2013 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, 2013 All-Big 12 Defensive Team, 2012 Honda Softball Player… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 023: Duggan Moran Throw Harder with Crossover Symmetry

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” – Colin Powell Duggan Moran, President of Crossover Symmetry chats on the Smart Softball podcast on best practices to strengthening the arm, scapular stabilizing muscles, and muscles that support the rotator cuff. Duggan partnered with his father Jim Moran, physical therapist/shoulder specialist to develop… Read more →

Secret Softball Sessions

Over the past decade, I’ve had this insatiable interest in exploring ego, vulnerability, gratitude, and authenticity. In my experience, when I’ve let my guard down and allow myself to share and absorb the things I’m passionate about doing it lights me up. Learning how to be vulnerable enough to say, “I don’t know” is a tough thing to accept. Thinking… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 017: Creating a Peer-Driven Culture with Coach Rachel Hanson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle “Be a thumb person first and finger person second.”   Rachel Hanson, Head Coach at Stanford University joins the Smart Softball Podcast. Rachel is full of passion and clarity of purpose. What do you do when your team is underperforming? As a coach, it’s… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 016: Pushing Past Fear Natasha Watley

 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou   Natasha Watley reflects on her career and growth as player. Watley was recently inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. At UCLA, she was a 4-Time All American with 1 NCAA Division I… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 015: Coach Lonni Alameda on Accountability

“We have to continue to grow to learn how to get to each and every player.  If I can learn to communicate in different ways, then I can become a better coach to 23 players.” Her players call her Coacha. Coach Lonni Alameda, head coach for the Florida State Seminoles shares some serious wisdom for coaches. She touches on various topics such… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 014: Dealing with Change with Andrea Duran

“You can make yourself miserable or you can make yourself strong. The amount of work is the same.” Andrea Duran, third baseman from the USSSA Pride, former USA Olympian, and UCLA Bruin chats with us about an experience her freshmen year at UCLA. Many players go off to college and will encounter challenges learning new techniques and performing. Learn about what… Read more →

Why you should think about starting with a baseball?

Did you know that the weight difference between a baseball and softball is close to 2 ounces? ` Baseball Max Diameter: 2.94″ Baseball Weight: 5 to 5.25oz 11″ Softball Diameter: 3.5″ 11″ Softball Weight: 5.875 to  6.125oz 12″ Softball Diameter: 3.8″ 12″ Softball Weight: 6.25 to 7oz My senior year of college, I tore my labrum in my throwing arm. It was… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 010: Lauren Lappin Embracing Emotions

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” What’s up Smart Softballers? This week I chat with my very good friend Lauren Lappin. Lauren Lappin is a catcher and middle infielder who graduated from Stanford University, played on Team USA, and most recently with the Pennsylvania Rebellion. Lauren and I grew up playing travel… Read more →

The Smart Softball Podcast 008: What Tim Walton looks for in a Recruit

In Episode 8, I chat with Tim Walton, National Championship Head Coach at the University of Florida. We chat about failure he encountered during his days as a player at the University of Oklahoma. Walton shares the moment when he fell in love with softball. Learn about what he looks for in a recruit.      … Read more →

Smart Softball: Top 6 YouTube Videos on Teaching Kids How to Throw

Hey Smart Softballers! If you’re working with beginners in softball, it’s so important to teach her the right throwing mechanics. I’ve researched YouTube and found some of my favorite videos on throwing. Some of the videos are baseball videos and that’s okay because the basic mechanics are the same. If your daughter or teams are between the ages of 5… Read more →

Dear Daughter: Lovie Jung

Smart Softball: In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked some friends to write a letter to their daughter or unborn daughter expressing to them their love/hate relationship, lessons learned from the game of softball and how those lessons would help her live a meaningful life. The first letter is from Lovie Jung, former USA Player, former Arizona Wildcat shortstop. Lovie is… Read more →