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“You're not like everyone else, and we're not here to fit a mold.”- Ashley B

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Our goal is to provide athletes with the tools and the confidence they need to pursue the dreams on their heart. With every "When the Cleats Come Off" podcast episode, hitting/mental skills course, lesson, clinic, and virtual call we at ABT provide, we make sure to keep this mission is at the forefront! It's time athletes learn how to take absolute ownership of their swing, their game, and their own success...and we love providing those settings to allow your athletes to THRIVE on and off the field. - Ashley B

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Meet Ashley B

Ashley graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School (Fort Wayne, IN) leaving as a two-time all-state selection who helped lead her team to three straight conference crowns, and landed a state title her Junior season.

During her four seasons at Purdue Universityshe earned three straight All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA). She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and garnered first-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2014. 

Before leaving Purdue, she earned four spots on the season record listings in 2015, tied for second in slugging percentage (.681), third in RBI (48), fifth in batting average (.393), and fifth in sacrifice flies (4) with 11 home runs. She wrapped up her career ranking fourth among Purdue Boilermakers in sacrifice flies (8) as well as fifth in batting average (.335) and RBIs (122). Additionally, she tied the school's game record for home runs with two against Coastal Carolina on February 14, 2014, and became the school’s record holder for stolen bases in a game with four against Western Michigan on March 15, 2015.

She led the team in runs scored her sophomore and senior seasons, while driving in a team-best 43 RBI her senior year. A career .335 hitter, she managed 63 extra-base hits with 31 doubles, 9 triples, and 23 home runs. As a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, she was also a threat on the base paths, swiping 55 bases in 68 attempts

In the Spring of 2015, while nearing the end of her collegiate career at Purdue University, Ashley was drafted as a Utility player by the Dallas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. After completing her first summer of professional softball, she received her degree in Applied Exercise and Health with a Sports Performance Concentration and also an Organizational Leadership and Supervision Minor from Purdue University.

She went on to be Purdue Softball’s Volunteer Assistant Coach for two more seasons. Backed by her extensive experience as a college and professional softball player, she brought her talents to South Bend, IN where she served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Notre Dame Softball for a season. In that time, Ashley built Ashley Burkhardt Training and has no plans to ever stop providing athletes, parents and coaches all over the country more opportunities to THRIVE with her virtual training programs, hitting clinics, in-person lessons and motivational speaking endeavors!

She's also the host of the new "When the Cleats Come Off" podcast, helping give parents guidance as to how they can help their athlete thrive in this game, just like her parents did!

Check out her blog here!


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"Ashley dives deep into motivation, goal setting, visualization, and journaling - all of the things that you know need to be done in order to reach the highest levels of the sport, but also the things that are almost always neglected by other instructors. The best parts of Logan’s game are her mental toughness, and resilience, which both come from mirroring Ashley’s actions, and her reactions, and from actively working with Ashley on these cognitive aspects of the game. "

Matt Rumble
Father of Ashley B Training Athlete, Logan

Do you know what the best players do that separate them from the rest?!

Tune in to my "When the Cleats Come Off" Podcast interview with Phillies Mental Skills Coach, Hannah Huesman to find out!

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Here's a softball blog where I share some of my softball stories from my college, professional, and now coaching journey! These are a few of my favs!

Hitting Drills are my JAM!

Dad and I used to spend HOURS going through YouTube to try to find the best pitching, hitting and defensive drills, which is why I created a page to give you some of my favorite drills in one spot! Here's one of my most watched! Find more drills like this one on my YouTube Channel!

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