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Saturday 22 Jun 2024
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
2K5 Explosion Open 2019 Spring Season as ISA March Madness 14u Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 2K5 Explosion who finished as the 14u Runner-up in the ISA March Madness Tournament in Cleveland, TN. The 2K5 Explosion lost the "if" game to finish as the tournament runner-up, outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

2024 Explosion Crowned Connect Sports 12u Champions in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 2024 Explosion who went 5-0 on the weekend (16-17 March) and defeated a very talented Chattanooga Cruisers 06 team to win the Connect Sports Next Generation March Tournament in Chattanooga, TN. Explosion 2024 displayed strong and timely hitting (49 hits), a lot of heart, and solid pitching that produced 32 strikeouts on the weekend! Congratulations to Explosion 2024 and the Cruisers! Great job Cruisers and 2024 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

'05 Explosion Open 2019 Spring Season as Connect Sports 14u Runner-up in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 14u division runner-up in the Connect Sports Friendly Tournament held in Chattanooga, TN on 3/16/19-3/17/19! Outstanding start to the 2019 Season ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

2025 Explosion Open Spring 2019 Season as 12u Runner-up in Rockwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the St. Patrick's Day Tournament held on 3/16/19 in Rockwood, TN! The 2025 Explosion lost 8-7 in the championship game, outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Newest Platinum Sponsor! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion would like to welcome our newest Organization Sponsor, the Carolina Ale House!  We are very thankful and appreciative of the community support from our sponsors, especially our platinum sponsors!  We will be announcing a date in future for an Explosion Day at our most gracious sponsor’s facility, check our their delicious menu at https://www.carolinaalehouse.com/our-restaurants/knoxville-tn/.  They are located at 9045 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Tennessee 37923.  Pay it forward folks and help patronize the newest member to the Knoxville Explosion family!

The Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Our Newest Head Coaches to the Organization! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest co-head coaches for the 2022 Knoxville Explosion, Ed Couvertier and Taylor Collier! We are extremely blessed and very lucky to have these 2 experienced coaches lead our 2022 team! Welcome to the family Ed and Taylor! We will be announcing tryouts for openings on this team very soon! If you would like to inquire regarding openings for this team please contact Coach Couvertier at (865) 548-8052, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Coach Collier at (865) 469-5859, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Explosion Select's Jarica Ensley and Ariel Holt Sign NLI with Bryan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Congratulations to Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley (Explosion Select) who have signed their National Letter of Intent to play softball and continue their academic and athletic careers at Bryan College in Dayton TN! We are so proud of you! Ariel and Jarica become the Knoxville Explosion's 19th and 20th signees and 3rd of the 2019 signing class!

Explosion Select Players Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley Commit to Bryan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Commitment Alert! Congratulations to Explosion Select Players Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley (Cocke County High School) who have committed to play their college softball careers at Bryan College in Dayton, TN! Not only are these 2 very talented players, they are great students, leaders and teammates. We are exceptionally proud of your efforts ladies! Ariel and Jarica become our 3rd commitment of the 2019 signing class!

An Open Letter to All Prospective Parents/Players PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Open Letter to all Prospective Softball Parents looking for Softball Teams


As the season ends and a new one begins, you will notice several teams, name, and options that will post openings on the various social media outlets about tryouts.  Here is what you need know about our organization to help you with your team decision and whether the Knoxville Explosion could be your forever home.


Why we are different from other teams and organizations:

At the Knoxville Explosion, we specialize in the proper development of our players on and off the field.  There are many great organizations and coaches in the East Tennessee area, which is why the sport of softball has steadily improved over the past 10 years in Tennessee.  This talent has enabled many colleges in the area who have acquired these local players to win their respective conference titles.  At the conclusion of the 2021 we had a total of 31 signees that are or will attend 17 different colleges in 7 states.

With all the great options in the East Tennessee area, it can be a difficult and confusing process selecting a softball team for your daughter.  We believe in direct, honest communication to help you see if the Knoxville Explosion meets your player’s needs.


Fit (Does the team you are considering fit your players psyche?):

The most important aspect of selecting a team for your player is fit.  You know your player the best.  What does she like and how does she respond to hands-on coaching?  At the Knoxville Explosion, all of our coaches are Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)-double goal coach certified, meaning each coach is required to successfully complete a training course on how to effectively deliver critical softball knowledge to players, not what to coach.  If your player responds best to high pressure, harsh verbal correction or beratement, and negative reinforcement, we are most likely not a good fit for you and your player.


Safety (Does your prospective team provide a safe environment for your player?):

Unfortunately, not all coaches provide a safe environment for players to play the game they love.  The vast majority of all coaches are involved to help aid in the development of their players, but unfortunately sometimes individuals find their way into dugouts and onto the field only to smear the good reputation of all of those coaches working honestly to help the players.  Our program has adopted a rigorous background screening program from the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), which conducts a thorough background check, working diligently to screen out individuals with past infractions and unwholesome intentions.  All Knoxville Explosion coaches have cleared NCSI background checks.  Our program has also established several abuse policies and reporting procedures that are communicated to our families via the coaching staff of each team.  We have an open-door policy that allows our member families to contact Joe Birchfield, Organization Chief, directly if any instances or questionable actions are observed.


Stability (Is the team you are considering established and have at least a 5-Year operating history?)

It is estimated that 98% of all startup teams (no operating history) will fail to maintain a team through graduation (18u).  Do the research before you commit! We were established in 2005 and grew steadily, adding teams in various age groups, as interest and needs arose.  Our model is simple -  Put together a group of great parents and players and keep them together in a family environment.  This includes providing each player with the necessary support from the organization to complete their softball journey throughout high school and ending in college, if pursuing a collegiate career is the player’s choice.  Many players known as “tweeners” are selected by teams to ensure a team survives to play a Fall or Spring season, only to find out the next season they will not be allowed to remain with the core team due to their age.  This is detrimental to player development because they cannot stay on a given team or within an organization and must start the team selection process all over.  This provides undue stress on the both the parents and player.  We have 13-15 teams any given year and all players can remain with their respective team or move onto other organization team rosters, removing the stress of “What about next year?”


Family Oriented (Is the team you are considering a family?):

The Knoxville Explosion is a family-based organization, meaning we support all of our teams from 8u to 18u.  Many younger and older sisters play on multiple Explosion teams and travel together to the various tournaments.  When our teams need players due to injury, vacations, etc., our coaches coordinate with sister teams not playing and utilize available players.  At the end of spring seasons, players that must either move up or remain down due to their ages are evaluated and contacted by the Explosion coaches in their age group for available openings.  Every attempt is made to keep our Explosion family members together so that players that join us can remain with the organization.


Paid vs. Volunteer Coaches (How much are you paying for your coach?):

Our coaches are non-paid volunteers who generously volunteer their time to help our players reach their on and off the field goals.  Many of our coaches are mothers and fathers of players on the various teams.  However, there is a big difference from how we coach vs. “Daddy Ball.”  Daddy Ball is simply defined as coaches who put the needs of their own daughters above the needs of the team.  This simply does not happen in our organization.  The Knoxville Explosion has an open-door policy by which parents can contact Joe Birchfield, Organization Chief, directly to report any issue.  Any and all reports are vetted with coaches, parents, and even umpires that call our games.  Using our model, this keeps quality travel softball costs affordable (Many times less than $500 per player), as opposed to thousands of dollars for paid coaches.  Because of softball’s explosive growth over the last decade, our sport has unfortunately been the target of profiteers that aim to make easy money with the promise of making your player an elite D1 softball prospect.  In reality, if parents spent half of the money they spend on hitting and pitching lessons on ACT Preparation Courses for college, your player would receive $10,000-$80,000 more in academic scholarship money when they are ready for college!


Quality Coaches (Is your coach an off the field role-model?):

Our coaches all have extensive coaching experience.  Not only are they PCA-double goal-certified and NCSI background checked, they are leaders in real-world professions.  Our coaches are doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, fire fighters, utility company operators, environmental cleanup specialists, physical therapists and a whole host of other professions. So your players may call them Coach, but more importantly, they are life mentors.  Remember, just because a coach was a great player in their past doesn’t necessarily mean they are or will be a great coach. Check out our coaches bios here: http://www.knoxvilleexplosion.com/images/documents/ExplosionCoachesProfiles.pdf.


Program (Does the team you are considering have a player development program that is successful?):

The Knoxville Explosion has implemented a player development program with an associated timeline to help our coaches craft practice plans to meet timeline expectations.  Our coaches use player development plans (PDPs) to provide feedback to all players to address needs in off-season workouts and training sessions.  Our program is extremely successful resulting in 23 USA, SEAA, ISA and USFA Tennessee State Championships, 9 World Series Titles, 8 National Titles and 10 Showcase Titles.


Player Success (How does your team further develop your player’s on/off the field success?):

The Knoxville Explosion utilizes the Deming-Shewhart Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model for our player improvement.  We also utilize state-of-the-art training equipment, computer software and exclusive (Explosion Player Only) camps used in conjunction with our program, resulting in the accelerated development of our players.  All of this is FREE OF CHARGE to all of member families!  Check out our equipment available to all of our teams: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaW6EMl1CTLbW_8fN3xoC0A.

We celebrate our players’ off the field successes with an Academic Honors Page solely dedicated to our players’ academic and community leadership success.


Reputation (Does your prospective team have a solid reputation?):

Our program has steadily built a reputation for developing players that are not only formidable on the field, but also dependable, high character individuals.  Why is this important?  Because when college scouts and coaches begin their evaluations of needs, they want exactly the kind of player the Knoxville Explosion produces - versatile, dependable, smart players.  Remember, colleges are spending their money on players that want to remain at their school for the duration of their eligibility without any drama or headaches.  Our program has this reputation.  We have produced over 31 softball players at 17 different colleges in 6 states from D1 to Junior College in the past 5 years. Check out our current list of signees here: http://www.knoxvilleexplosion.com/images/documents/OurProgramGraduates.pdf.


Community (Is your team involved in their community?):

Community service projects are also a big part of our organization, not only helping those less fortunate in our community, but also teaching our players about real life and appreciating the gifts that they enjoy daily.  This results in well-rounded individuals.  It is extremely important that players are not only leaders on the field but also off the field.  Our annual community services projects enable this skill to be learned and passed on as they grow older.  It is our way of “paying it forward.” Check out our community service organizations that we support here: http://www.knoxvilleexplosion.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=468&Itemid=203.

We truly hope that this information helps those looking in the community for a new softball home, even if it isn’t with our organization, and we wish you the best in making your choice!



Joe Birchfield

Knoxville Explosion Organization Chief

Knoxville Explosion Recognizes Organization Players High School Honors for Spring 2018 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

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.

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!

Knoxville Explosion Proudly Thank Our 2019 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 21 Tennessee State Championships in ISA, ASA, SEAA in the 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u, 16u and 18u age groups from 2011-2019.  We have won back to back SEAA 10u and 8u World Series titles and recently the 18u and 12u ISA World Series in 2019.  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 u USSSA 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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Coaches Contact Information

2011 Explosion - Banks (12u)

Head Coach Cody Banks - (865) 556-6636 - cburch06@comcast.net

2011 Explosion Elite - Cooper (12u)

Head Coach Anthony Cooper - (865) 556-1792 - anthonycooper0707@gamail.com

2010 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery - (865) 307-1758

Explosion Premier - Wolfgram (16u)

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

18u Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Mark Collier- (865) 591-2837 - markcollier013@yahoo.com

Organization Chief

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

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