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Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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 14 teams (18u Select, 2019, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 10u and '09) that have a total of 150 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

 
2024 Explosion Wins Johnson City USA 12u Division PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2024 Explosion who won the 12u division of the USA Duel on the Diamond Classic in Johnson City at Ridgeview Park! The 2024 Explosion went undefeated on the day to win the tournament.. Team pitching and defense was key in earning 25 total strikeouts and only allowing 3 runs all day! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select's Sydney Rogers Signs with Division II Shorter University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Explosion Select player Sydney Rogers (East Hamilton High School, Chattanooga) on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Division II Shorter University! Sydney is an extremely versatile player that is tough as nails. She is loved by her teammates and leads by example. Congratulations Syd, we are very proud of you! Sydney becomes our program's 16th commitment and 4th of the 2018 graduating class.

 
Explosion Select's Sydney Dukes Signs with Walters State Community College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Explosion Select player Sydney Dukes (Hardin Valley High School) on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at JUCO Powerhouse Walters State Community College! Sydney is an extremely hard working player and great person, we are very proud of you Syd! Sydney is our 15th program commitment and 3rd of the 2018 graduating class.

 
'04 Explosion Wins ISA A Division of Warner Park Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who went 5-0 in the 14u A division this weekend in the ISA Play Appreciation Tournament held at Warner Park in Chattanooga, TN from 4/7-4/8! The '04 Explosion outscored the competition 62-7 in an outstanding offensive and defensive effort. Great job girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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.
 
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'09 Explosion (8u)

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

'07 Explosion (10u)

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

10u Explosion (9u and 10u)

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

'06 Explosion (11u)

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

2024 Explosion (11u)

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

2K5 Explosion (12u)

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

'05 Explosion (12u)

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

'04 Explosion (13u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (15u)

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

'01 Explosion Navy (16u)

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

'01 Explosion (16u)
Head Coach 
Matt Fowler- (865) 604-9153 - fowlers123@comcast.net

2019 Explosion (17u Competitive)

Head Coach Ricky Johnson - (865) 258-2572 - rickyjohn1322@gmail.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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