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Wednesday 21 Nov 2018
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Former Explosion Select Player Taylor Campbell Selected as USA Southern Conference Rookie of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Taylor Campbell (Maryville College), former alumni player of the Explosion Select who was selected as the USA Southern Conference Rookie of the Year! Great job Bug, we are very proud of your efforts and wish you the best in your continued college career!

 
2024 Explosion Finish as 12u Division Runner-up in Their Bracket of the ISA March Madness Tournament in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Explosion who won the 12u division of the Bash at the Summit in Chattanooga, TN on 3/7/18! The '05 Explosion lost in bracket play and ran the table to win back to back championship and "if" games 11-1 and 3-2 over the '05 Heat. For the day, the '05 Explosion went 5-1. Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Takes 12u Runner-up in Their Division in the ISA March Madness Tournament in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as runner-up in the 12u ISA March Madness Tournament in Cleveland, TN on 3-25-18! Great teamwork, chemistry, and all around team effort! Great job ladies!!! Special shout out to #7 Liv who crushed 3 home runs on the day. Great job girls we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'05 Explosion opens 2018 Spring Season with 12u Championship at the Summit of Softball PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Explosion who won the 12u division of the Bash at the Summit in Chattanooga, TN on 3/7/18! The '05 Explosion lost in bracket play and ran the table to win back to back championship and "if" games 11-1 and 3-2 over the '05 Heat. For the day, the '05 Explosion went 5-1. Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select's Lauren Acker Signs NLI with Hiwassee College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Lauren Acker (Explosion Select) who officially signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN! Lauren (Known as BOB to her teammates) becomes the 14th signee of the Explosion Softball Program and 2nd signee of the 2018 graduation year! Great job BOB, we are very proud of you!

 
Explosion Select's Arielle Tritt Inks NLI with Ferrum University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to the Explosion Select's very own Arielle Tritt (Lee High, VA) who signed her National Letter of Intent to play both softball and volleyball at Ferrum University in Virginia! Great job Bug, we are so proud of your efforts! Arielle becomes the Knoxville Explosion's 13th signee and 1st of the 2018 season!

 
2K5 Explosion Helps Community PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big post holiday shoutout to the 2K5 Explosion who helped feed the homeless in Blount County at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank! Great job ladies, we are so proud of you!

 
Explosion Teams Step up to Help Less Fortunate in Knoxville and Blount County Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


I want to take a quick moment to give a big shoutout to many of our teams who sacrificed their time and money to help those less fortunate than us in the Knoxville area the past month! From creating Christmas trees at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital Fantasy of Trees to the Blount County 2nd Harvest Food Bank to feeding the Knoxville Homelss to ringing bells for the Salvation Army, our players and their families really stepped up in the season of giving. Outstanding j...ob everyone! Those teams pictured here include:

- 09 Explosion (Steve Wolfgram Head Coach)
- 10u Explosion (Amy Dorsett Head Coach)
- 06 Explosion (Jason Darnell Head Coach)
- 2024 Explosion (Harold Lynn Head Coach)
- 05 Explosion (Shane Alvey Head Coach)
- 04 Explosion (BJ Henderson Head Coach)
- 02 Explosion (Keith Gray Head Coach)
- 01 Navy Explosion (Tim Baldridge Head Coach)

#ExplosionsoftballlovesKnoxville, #givingmeanslove, #rememberthoseinneed

 
Knoxville Explosion Proudly Thank Our 2016 Team Sponsors! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

 Please visit or call all of our sponsors as they have helped our players focus on their school work and softball skills development without the worry of financial burden.  Thank you sponsors for your investment in our players future!


 Thank You Sponsors for helping our girls become the players they were born to be!

 
Why the Knoxville Explosion: 10 Great Reasons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Parents and players often ask, why do we want to play for the Knoxville Explosion?  Here are the top 10 reasons to join the Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization David Letterman Style!

  1. Commitment to the fundamentals.  Our coaches are hand-picked due to their extensive knowledge of the game.  Many have not only coached travel softball for an extended period of time but many of them are former players giving them key insight into the strategy of the game! 
  2. Reputation.  The Knoxville Explosion Organization has an excellent reputation with many coaches, organizations, sanctioning bodies, players, parents and umpires.  We have a reputation of turning out well-coached teams that compete but are also great kids off of the field.
  3. Coaches.  There are many excellent fast pitch softball coaches throughout the various age groups in the Knoxville softball communities.  We are blessed to have excellent coaches that understand the game, are certified Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) double goal coaches who are volunteer coaches.  Off of the field, our coaches are doctors, lawyers, CEOs, firemen, policemen, environmental professionals, lawyers, business owners, high school sport coaches and a hundred other professions, meaning your player will learn responsibility and how to act from leaders in our very own community!
  4. Low Player Turn Over.  We enjoy an astounding 90% player retention rate across the organization!  While not for everyone, our organization is run like a family with family values!
  5. Training.  The Knoxville Explosion Player Development Program is a one of a kind program that focuses on all of the fundamental areas of game play, especially mental development.  This includes situational game awareness.  This is extremely important in the proper development of players!  We also have a physical training program with Johnny Long Training Academy so our players develop quickness and strength as they mature.
  6. Technology.  We utilize the latest in softball training technology whether it be batting and fielding tools to use of video equipment and computer statistical analysis.  This analysis is extremely important to identify flaws in player mechanics!
  7. Production.  We measure success by the development of each player.  Players are better after they have completed our program than when we first encountered them.  The results on the field are also impressive, our teams have posted 12 Tennessee State Championships in ISA, ASA, SEAA in the 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u age groups from 2011-2014.  We have won back to back SEAA 10u and 8u World Series titles.  In addition, our teams have also performed well out of state winning several tournaments in Spartanburg, SC, finishing runner-up in the 2014 14u USA/ASA Alabama Heartland Elite Showcase, runner-up in the 12u NSA Historic Triangle Battle in Williamsburg VA, runner-up in the 12 uUSSSA Gold North Florida State Championship in Jacksonville, FL, in addition to a slew of East Tennessee Regional Championships!
  8. Academic Excellence.  The Knoxville Explosion prides itself on upholding the academic excellence within its organization.  We expect our players to all be honor roll students and have an academic incentive and recognition program for our players.
  9. Community Service.  Understanding how blessed we actually are, The Knoxville Explosion undertakes a variety of community service projects to help those in the community less fortunate than us.  The players actively participate in the community service projects that have included, but not been limited to hosting Christmas at the Smokey Mountain Children’s Home and Locks of Love Hair Donation Drives.
  10. Stability.  We are the largest Fastpitch softball organization in Knoxville and are continuing to experience explosive growth.  The advantage that this affords our players is that they have the option to remain within the organization if they are an older or younger player playing on the various Explosion teams.  So worry not, your player will have every opportunity to stay with the organization without the worry of “what will we do next year” late season blues!  Also many startup teams form and breakup within 8 months of forming, its a fact.  Established in 2005, our organization has steadily formed a solid, stable foundation to support our teams and develop future teams.  So, when considering a new home for your player, consider this important point.....will the team you are considering still be around next season or 5 years from now.
 
Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization Takes a Stand Against Bullying PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization is taking a stand against bullying. Children in the U.S. are being bullied by the millions and it has reached epic proportions. Because of our continued commitment to fostering excellence on and off of the field of play, we are taking a stand against bullies and bullying activities. A program has been developed that each of our players will be briefed, educating them as to what constitutes bully-like activities, how to prevent it and how to deal with bullies. Moreover, new organization rules have been implemented to prevent any of our players from bullying their teammates, opponents, coaches, umpires, and parents. We care about our players and want to arm them with the tools necessary to succeed in life! If you are interested in our anti-bullying program you can email Joe Birchfield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ! Thanks Everyone!
 
Be a Student of the Game - Follow These Rules PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Take small steps. Improvement is sometimes a slow process so don't get discouraged.  Many times, we've seen a player struggle throughout an entire year only to come back the next and be a different player.

·        Learn the game - practice matters.

·         Hustle - how you practice is how you play

·        Be competitive - play to win.

·         Respect and support each other – the golden rule

·        Respect yourself - no foul language or Personal remarks.

·        Play with poise - the game DOES start over with every pitch

·        Enjoy the game - and have fun being a part of it.

·        Take pride in what you do - never be content with mediocrity

·        Softball is a team sport but demands individual online bingo font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">effort

 Become a student of the game. There is always more to learn.

 

Have fun. Softball is a game.

 

There is no reason you can't improve while having fun.

 

Abe was right about study and preparation. Become as knowledgeable as you possibly can about the game of softball-There are a lot of half-truths and well meaning but inadequate coaching instruction at the youth level. A coach would do well to become a student of the game. As a player if you have dreams and not wishes, go to work on your dream. And then work some more. Work separates the great from the average. If there are two players of equal talent, the one who studies and works harder will always win in the long run.  There is no magical substitute for work, no instant drill to make you succeed, no one piece of advice that will put it all together.

 

One other suggestion: Be patient.

 

Take small steps. Improvement is sometimes a slow process so don't get discouraged. Many times, we've seen a player struggle throughout an entire year only to come back the next and be a different player.

 
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8u Explosion (7u & 8u)

Head Coach Angelica McClerkin - (615) 556-0996 - Coach.mac@yahoo.com

'09 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Steve Wolfgram- (865) 740-8488 - jalynhomes@charter.net

'08 Explosion (10U)

Head Coach Brandon Alcorn - (865) 806-3460 - balcorn@cityofharriman.net

Assistant Coach Kelly Griffith - (865) 216-0509 - krg414@aol.com

'07 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264sbarnes1100@gmail.com

2025 Explosion (11u)

Head Coach Amy Dorsett - 865-850-9100 - jadorset@aol.com

'06 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Jason Darnell - 865-776-1351jdarnell@crackerbarrel.com

2024 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Harold Lynn - (865) 228-8082 - tn02softball@gmail.com

2K5 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Kevin McCord- (407) 619-7808 - klmccord@ymail.com 

'05 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Shane Alvey - (865) 621-5200 - salvey10@aol.com

'04 Explosion (14u) 

Head Coach BJ Henderson - (865) 389-3777  - bj23henderson@gmail.com

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (15u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Keith Gray - (865) 323-7249 - KGray@utmck.edu

'01 Explosion Navy (17u)

Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - tim@hotzlaw.com

Explosion Select (18u) 
Head Coach Joe Birchfield - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Jason Holt - (423) 608-5933 - jasonholt41@gmail.com


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