Good Advice: Guidance for Softball Families

Dan Blewett

Good Advice is a softball podcast by Coach Dan Blewett where he gives training, practice, coaching and parenting tips for fastpitch players, coaches and families.

All Episodes

In this episode, Dan explains why mental training isn’t quite the reason your daughter is struggling so much. And, the Good Advice podcast is going on Hiatus for a little while – … EP22 – Why Mental Training is Overrated; Why the Show is Going on Hiatus Read More »

Dec 2020

28 min 9 sec

In this episode, Dan gives advice on the different factors to consider when choosing a major as a college athlete – did you know some majors are essentially not allowed if an … EP21 – Choosing a College Major Plus Overthrowing the Ball Read More »

Dec 2020

27 min 26 sec

In this episode, Dan talks through good luck and bad luck scenarios for softball pitchers. Dan also discusses the value of on-base percentage for hitters and the importance of being disciplined at … EP20 – Bad Luck for Softball Pitchers Plus The Value of On-Base Percentage Read More »

Dec 2020

21 min 6 sec

In this episode, Dan discusses how to help a girl with a quiet personality play aggressively. Dan also talks through some of the misconceptions of pitching velocity as well as what’s realistic … EP19 – How to Help a Player with a Quiet Personality Play Aggressively & The Misconceptions of Pitching Velocity Read More »

Nov 2020

16 min 4 sec

Will your daughter get crossed off a recruiter’s list if she has a bad attitude? Dan talks through how the character of an athlete can play a big role in the recruiting … EP18 – Can a Bad Attitude Get You Crossed Off a Recruiter’s List? Plus, The Role of Using Different Size Balls for Practice Read More »

Nov 2020

12 min 59 sec

Should you play on a lesser team that allows more playing time? Dan gives helpful insight on things to consider when contemplating this question. Dan also discusses other factors that are important … EP17 – Should You Play on a Lesser Team that Allows More Playing Time? And, Do D1 Players Have Better Skills or are They Just Physically Better Athletes? Read More »

Nov 2020

19 min 24 sec

When are you in a slump? When is it more than just a bad at-bat or two, or bad string of games? And, what do you do about it? Plus, Dan talks … EP16 – Mindset During a Slump in Softball & Lifting the Ball as a Hitter Read More »

Oct 2020

20 min 28 sec

When are good and bad times to try and steal bases in softball? Plus, hitting is hard…especially when coming off the bench. Dan gives tips for pinch hitters and coaches to try … EP15 – Pinch Hitting Tips and Base stealing Do’s and Don’ts Read More »

Oct 2020

14 min 20 sec

In this episode we cover common types of softball shoulder injuries and how softball players can train to prevent them. We also discuss the ever-popular agility ladder, and whether or not they … EP14 – Softball Shoulder Injuries; Do Agility Ladders Work? Is Sport-Specific Training a Real Thing? Read More »

Sep 2020

26 min 43 sec

What percentage of fastballs should softball pitchers throw? And, should they increase this percentage? Dan also talks about the windmill pitching motion blending with the throwing motion, and how pitchers can read … EP13 – Throwing a Higher Fastball Percentage; Pitching Motion Blending with Throwing; Reading Foul Balls Read More »

Sep 2020

25 min 12 sec

How many pitches should a pitcher throw? 4? 5? 6? What about 3? Why does a pitcher throw each type and what’s the purpose of each? And, Dan covers how to convince … EP12 – How Many Different Pitches Should a Pitcher Throw and How Do You Convince a Coach to Adopt New Throwing Drills? Read More »

Sep 2020

18 min 21 sec

Is the wrist snap in softball throwing actually important? Should players be encouraged to swing early in the count, or at the first pitch? And, what standards should a 16U player be … EP11 – Should You Swing at the First Pitch? Strength Training Milestones & The Wrist Snap in Throwing Read More »

Aug 2020

17 min 50 sec

How important is pace of game for a pitcher? We hear about this all the time, but what does moving fast on the mound actually do? Dan also discusses mechanics and how … EP10 – Is Pace Important for Pitchers; Overthinking Mechanics; Is Jogging Bad for Softball? Read More »

Aug 2020

21 min 41 sec

Melanie Rushing, host of the softball podcast The Mental Sweet Spot and former collegiate coach, came on the show to give three great culture tips for teams and players. She shares insight … EP9 – Melanie Rushing on Team Culture; Crossfit Training For Softball, and Are Expensive Bats Worth It? Read More »

Aug 2020

21 min 52 sec

Dan discusses softball throwing accuracy, whether yoga is good for softball players, and the mindset of swinging at the first pitch of an at-bat in fastpitch. To submit a question for the … EP8 – Softball Throwing Accuracy Tips; Is Yoga Good for Softball and Should You Swing at the First Pitch? Read More »

Jul 2020

19 min 49 sec

Antifragile is a term for a system or thing getting stronger when exposes to stress. It’s different than resilience and Dan explains why building it is important for athletes. He discusses whether … EP7 – Are Athletes Fragile or Antifragile? Bad Umpire Mindset; Why You Shouldn’t Palm the Softball Read More »

Jul 2020

16 min 6 sec

In this episode, Nick Esposito of Fastpitchstrength.com joins to give three great strength training tips. We also discuss velocity gains from various throwing mechanics fixes and what players can expect. Follow Nick … EP6 Softball Strength Tips with Nick Esposito; Throwing Mechanics & More Read More »

Jul 2020

21 min 33 sec

In episode five, coach Dan talks about how to pick the right position for a softball player to have a fighting chance at playing in college. Being a utility player can be … EP5 Picking the Right Position to Get Recruited; Specializing in Softball = Bad? Throwing Tips During COVID Read More »

Jun 2020

24 min 18 sec

Lots of softball players get throwing arm pain. Softball arm pain isn’t always preventable, but understanding the causes is an important step in getting proper treatment and reducing likelihood of injury in … EP4 Why Softball Players Get Arm Pain; Recruiting Advice; Breaking in a New Glove Read More »

Jun 2020

26 min 47 sec

Is it possible to throw with 12-6 backspin in softball? What about snapping the wrist? Coach Dan also covers parents in the dugout and sprint speed tips. To submit a question for … EP3 Throwing with 12-6 Backspin in Softball? Parents in the Dugout & Sprint Speed Tips Read More »

Jun 2020

19 min 59 sec

Why is strength training so crucial for young girls? How can a player combat bad body language? How does a pitcher develop more late-inning stamina? These questions and more are addressed in … EP2 “Stick to Coaching,” Strength Training & Pitching Read More »

Jun 2020

31 min 42 sec

D1 fastpitch softball is a dream for many softball families, but is it really all its cracked up to be? Is D1 softball this magical, big-time thing that families should pour thousands … EP1 Is D1 Softball Just Travel Ball for 20-year-olds? Read More »

Jun 2020

25 min 48 sec