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Friday 27 Mar 2015
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Team Website! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 9 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05 and '06) that have a total of 130 very special players.  Players are not only selected based upon skill but also character and desire.  Our organization is committed to improving the skills of these special players to not only develop them into the best fastpitch softball players that they can be, but also the best students, friends and reliable, honorable young ladies. Our goal is simple, develop the player to make a meaningful contribution to their schools, communities and future endeavors at the earliest possible opportunity. If you are interested in joining our organization, we invite you to observe our practices and games to see what we teach and how we interact with the players. Tryouts are held in early August each year for the respective teams.If you have any questions regarding one of our teams, please call the Head Coach listed in the important numbers section on the right information section of our website. God Bless and Be Safe!

Joe Birchfield

Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

(865) 363-0728

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Knoxville Explosion Mission Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Club is committed to developing player excellence on and off the field.  This is accomplished by selecting coaches who volunteer 100% of their time to teach the players the proper fundamentals of the game that include hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.  Each head coach will be a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance Organization.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, playing equipment, computer software and professional coaches that seek to identify and raise awareness of the player to correct flaws in their own fundamentals.  In addition, our players will be taught the proper way to conduct themselves on and off the field.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, team mates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to do their very best in school courses and to place emphasis on their studies.  We recognize that our players are also students and without achieving the proper grades, our players will not be allowed to compete at the next level.  Our coaches are committed to teaching our players the rules of the game and more importantly, how to succeed and have fun!  A key component of this commitment is to teach our players the strategy and mental aspects of the game.  It is through this commitment to the fundamentals that our coaches and players will honor the game of fast pitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Organization Chief

'04 Explosion Wins 10u ASA Championship in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who finished undefeated as the 10u Champions of the ASA Diamond Classic held in Johnson City, TN. The '04 Explosion beat the East Tennessee Heat 6-0 in the Championship Game and a total of 12 teams participated in this tournament. The '04 Explosion outscored the competition 36-2 during tournament play. Great job Heat and Explosion!! We are very proud of your efforts players and coaches!

'06 Explosion Win 8u ASA Championship in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished undefeated as the 8u Champions of the ASA Early Bird Classic held in Cleveland, TN. The '06 Explosion went 4-0 and won the championship game 13-12 against the 8u Chattanooga Fuze. A total of 13 teams participated in this tournament. Great job Fuze and Explosion!!! We are very proud of your efforts players and coaches!!

'01 Navy Explosion Finish as 14u Runner-up in Dr. K's Breaking out the Bats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Explosion Navy who finished as the runner-up in the 14u division of the Dr. K's Breaking out the Bats Spring Tournament held 3/21/15-3/22/15! The '01 Navy battled from an second round loss in bracket play from the '01 Tn. Blast to the Championship Game. In dramatic fashion, down 4-0, the '01 Navy staged a furious come back powered by a 3-run homerun by Skylar Newby to force a deciding if necessary Playoff inning to decide the tournament championship. This was the only loss suffered by the '01 Blast for the tournament. After 2 international innings, the Tn. Blast finally prevailed, winning 3-2! Congratulations to the TN Blast and the '01 Navy Explosion! Great job by the Explosion pitchers Blake Fields, Skylar Newby and Goose Underwood as well as defensive standout Brianna Shoemaker during tournament play! We are all very proud of your efforts by the players and the coaches!!

Knoxville Explosion Set to Host Good Friday Skills Boot Camp at Thunder Baseball/Softball School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Knoxville Explosion Organization Launches College Player Recruiting Kits for 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization has developed a complete recruiting package for it's Explosion Select (18u/16u) and '99 Select (16u) teams.  Part of our commitment to our players is not only the development on and off the field but also to provide meaningful assistance to our players to get to the next level.  To this end, the Knoxville Explosion procured the services of various professional printers, photographers and marketing material specialists to produce a one of a kind college recruiting package for each of our 18u and 16u players.  Included in these press kits are a full color 8x10 photo, a complete academic and extracurricular profile, a comprehensive summary of key statistics for offense, defense and pitching for the past 3 seasons, 2015 Spring and Fall Playing Schedules, Hand-written letters to the colleges of their choice that describe not just the player, but introduces the person, stated goals and areas of academic interest.  Also included in the kit is a high definition video of batting, fielding, catching and pitching, all contained in a professionally printed folder brochure with a business card of Joe Birchfield, the Head of the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization.

We invite all college recruiters and/or coaches to contact Coach Birchfield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at (865) 363-0728 to gain access to important information about any of our players!  You won't be disappointed, we have 31 softball players on the Explosion Select and '99 Explosion Select that are valuable members of the various communities, not just in the Knoxville area but also in Virginia, Kentucky, as well as Northeast and Southeast Tennessee.  They are also gifted academically, as well as being very talented softball players.  Come and see what our players are all about!

You can view our players recruiting videos on our very own Knoxville Explosion Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaW6EMl1CTLbW_8fN3xoC0A!

Explosion Select and '99 Explosion Hold Female Self-Defense Training PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Knoxville Explosion held a female only self-defense class by Pink Diamond Defense for its Explosion Select and ’99 Explosion Players. As our players enter their critical teen years where they are many times in unsupervised situations, we felt it was important to give them the tools they needed to protect themselves in the event of an unexpected attack. Every year, thousands of females are abducted and assaulted from schools, bars, homes, and even softball fields. In an effort to develop and raise awareness in our players during their off the field activities, the Knoxville Explosion sought the services of a well-respected, Christian-based training program focused on the importance of protecting the purity of and teaching critical survival skills to our players, mothers, and female siblings.

We would like to thank Michelle and David Kirk for sharing their knowledge with our girls, Christ The Rock Church for providing a great venue, and Kristi Birchfield and Kelley Gardner for coordinating this special event. Great job ladies!

For more information on Pink Diamond Defense, please visit their website at http://www.pinkdiamonddefense.com/

Knoxville Explosion Completes January Catching Camp at Thunder Baseball/Softball School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Great pitchers need great catchers.....continuing it's commitment to the proper development of it's players, the Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization completed a month-long catching camp on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 with many of it's catchers in the various age groups.  A total of 18 different catchers ranging from 8 to 18 participated in the month long event aimed at teaching all fundamental facets of catching such as framing, blocking, throwing, fielding bunts, etc.  The lead instructor, Kent Matthews worked with each of our catchers during the camp.  We would like to recognize the dedication, hard work and sacrifice by the catchers that attended the camp.  Congratulations to our age group Winners:

- 12 and Under Group MVP, Abby Johnston ('03 Explosion)

- 12 and Under Group Most Improved, Mikayla Heidel ('02 Explosion)

- 18 and Under Group MVP, Marieve Elkins ('99 Explosion)

- 18 and Under Group Most Improved, Mallory Overton ('01 Explosion)

As a small token of appreciation and commitment, Organization Chief, Joe Birchfield, presented each player with a gift card to Brewsters for Ice Cream!  A special shout out goes to Coach Kent Matthews who worked with our players for the entire month!

Knoxville Explosion Proudly Thank Our 2015 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!

'05 Explosion aides Roane County Student Support Services PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The '05 Knoxville Explosion completed it's 2015 community service project as the team donated to Student Support Services and Family Resource of Roane Co Schools. This wonderful organization works to supply hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and tooth brushes, laundry, and dish detergent, diapers, and etc to give to students and families that are low income, teen moms, and homeless students.  Great job '05 Explosion, we are all very proud of your efforts!

Knoxville Explosion 01 Navy and 04 Teams Have Select Few Openings for Spring 2014 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Attention all prospective parents and players, the Knoxville Explosion Organization has some select openings on a couple of our teams. Come and join our family! We have a proven developmental program utilizing the latest in softball training technology, certified Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Head Coaches who volunteer a 100% of their time to help your player be the best that they can be! Since 2011, our organization has won 12 Open Tennessee State Championships in ASA, ISA, SEAA and USSSA! Off the field our players participate in community service projects and over 80% of our players are Honor Roll students. We enjoy a 90% player retention on our teams so these openings are truly unique and positions will be filled fast!

- '01 Navy Explosion (14u), Needs are Front Line, Experienced '00 or '01 Pitcher and utility player with a good bat, contact Head Coach Tim Baldridge at (865) 659-6016 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout

- '04 Explosion (10u), Needs are utility players with good bats, speed a plus, '04 and '05 players are encouraged to contact Head Coach BJ Henderson at (865) 389-3777 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout. Indoor practices will start for all of our teams in early January indoors so act fast!

6 Knoxville Explosion Teams Unite to Create a Smoky Mountain Miracle on Saturday, December 13! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 the Knoxville Explosion held it's 4th Annual Christmas Giving Party with the children of the Smoky Mountain Children's Home in Sevierville, TN.  Six of the Knoxville Explosion Teams (Select, '99, '01 Navy, '02, '04 and '06) came together to form an awesome team that purchased gift cards, presents, fruit, candy, etc. for 32 children this Christmas!  Complete with a full service pizza party, the Knoxville Explosion provided the cottage families with baskets and even Santa got in on the action delivering games, puzzles, toys and other goodies to these special children!  We would like to acknowledge contributions by both private parties and our wonderful corporate sponsors: Rusty Wallace KIA, Dick's Sporting Goods and DTR Tennessee who helped us provide a great Christmas to those less fortunate peers of our players.  We love you guys!

A special shoutout to our event coordinator, Kelley Gardner (Select) and our Team Leaders: Mary Elkins ('99), Tim Baldridge, Rhonda Shoemaker and Danielle Braden ('01 Navy), Robert Downing ('02), BJ Henderson ('04) and Jason Darnell ('06), as well as all of our wonderful Explosion families and friends who truly sacrificed their time and efforts to help us accomplish this important task this holiday season!  Great job everyone!

The children at the home weren't the only ones receiving gifts as our players and families received the greatest gift of all, the gift of giving.....A special prayer goes out to all of our teams, coaches, families and players this season of giving.  We wish you all nothing but the best and God Bless each and every one of your families!

'01 Knoxville Explosion Serves Loving the Unlovable to Spread Christmas Cheer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The '01 Knoxville Explosion took the opportunity to give back and serve our community today. Working in support of the Loving the Unlovable Homeless Ministry, our young ladies and parents did an excellent job serving dinner and delivering clothing items to those in need in the downtown Knoxville area while spreading some Christmas cheer. This ministry takes place just a few miles from Caswell Park where we have played several of our tournaments. We are very thankful for the opportunity taken by these ladies to give back in our community and area. We would like to give a special thanks to West Emory Baptist Church in Karns for allowing us to assist them in their ministry efforts and service.

Knoxville Explosion Organization Sets New Performance Record for 2014 Performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

As the sport of fast pitch softball winds down here in Knoxville, the Knoxville Explosion Organization reflects on 2014 as another benchmark year for our organization.  We stand for and are about the on and off the field development of our players.  Amazingly enough, over 80% of our players are honor roll students.  Many of our players also received numerous citizenship, spelling bee and 4H essay awards throughout 2014.  In addition, 100% of our players were selected to participate in their various middle school and high school teams!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On the field, it was an equaly amazing year for our organization!  The organization Spring and Fall 2014 Season combined team statistics were as follows:

129 Tournaments Participated

(44) 1st Place Finishes - Including 14u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 12u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 8u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ASA Class B Tennessee State Champions, and 8u SEAA Open World Series Championship

(32) 2nd Place Finishes - Including 14u ASA/USA Eastern Elite Alabama Showcase Runner-up, 12u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up, 14u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up, 16u Big Orange Fall Showcase Runnerup

(9) 3rd Place Finishes

Statistical Insight: Of the tournaments played in 2014, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Teams either won, showed or placed in 65.8% of all tournaments played!  This list of tournaments include major showcases, Tennessee State Touranments, World Series and Large tournaments throughout the Southeastern U.S.  WOW!

Wins & Losses

Wins - 452

Losses - 198

Ties - 5

Statistical Insight: Overall organization winning percentage of .695!  WOW!

Our organization also added a 8u team for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015, bringing our organizational roster to a total of 10 teams, welcomed 2 new head coaches and 135 players from all over Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky!

The numbers don't tell the whole story though!  Our players got significantly better as our teams traveled to 10 different states and played teams from 35 different states and made some great friends along the way.  The competitive spirit exhibited on the field coupled with the smiles and laughter, as well as the blood, sweat and tears that our players endured throughout the year is a testiment to the dedication forged by the Knoxville Explosion Coaches and tireless support of their parents!  As appropriate, in this month of giving thanks, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Organization would like to give thanks and honor our competitors, tournament directors, umpires and countless other supporters that make the sport of fast pitch softball everything it can be!  To you we give thanks for a great 2014 and look forward to an even more exciting 2015!   All prospective players and families, we would love for you to join us and our quest to develop the best fast pitch softball players on and off the field!

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.
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'06 Explosion (8u)

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

'05 Explosion (10u)

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

'04 Explosion (10u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (12u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -

'02 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Robert - (256) 499-2319 - Robert.downing@hma.com

'01 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Craig - (865) 306-4236 - webb306@bellsouth.net

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - lafowler123@comcast.net

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'01 Explosion Navy (14u)

Head Coach Tim - (865) 659-6016

Coach Randy - (865) 803-4944 - rbraden@downeyoil.com

'99 Explosion (16u) 
Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Carl - (865) 388-6898 - carlj151@comcast.net

Coach Jeff - (865) 292-5278 - jsickau@att.net

Coach George - (931) 252-5392 - georgewseagrave@gmail.com

Explosion Select (18u/16u)

Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Randy - (865) 661-2882 - randyhickman40@gmail.com

Coach Ray - (423) 715-5614 - raysimp1@comcast.net

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