"You're not like everyone else, and we're not here to fit a mold."

About When the Cleats Come Off

This podcast is devoted to sharing what it REALLY takes to play at the highest level, and frankly, what your athletes need the most from YOU (parents and coaches) to help them on this journey to becoming the best, most confident version of themselves. From honest conversations with some of the best to play or coach in the game to relatable stories from Ashley's journey, the athlete is always the most important person in the room, and these conversations are about to get REAL. Hosted by former D1 and professional athlete, Ashley Burkhardt.

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Parts 1 & 2 - Aubree Munro Watson: The Selflessness of Catching, The Olympics, Identity Struggles...

MARCH 10th, 2021

Learn from current Team USA catcher what it takes to be the very best at what you do and how to be the best teammate you can.

Tune in here!

"Championship Mindset" w/ Oklahoma University Hitting Coach JT Gasso

SEPTEMBER 16th, 2020 

Learn straight from the source of one of the most respected programs in the WORLD how their standard of excellence is the reason why THEY ARE SO GOOD!

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Parts 1 & 2 - "Softball is more than Just a Game with HOF Coach Sue Enquist"

OCTOBER 21 & 28th, 2020

The game is temporary. The character of your athlete is forever.

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Did you know!?

Almost ALL podcast interviews we've done with guests on the show can be found on our YouTube Channel!

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When the Cleats Come Off Reviews

"Supporting her dream"

The content Ashley shares are great lessons both on and off the field for my daughter. These young athletes will be so far ahead of the game learning the mental tools she provides in her podcasts to compliment the physical skills they are working on in practice.

- Alioopie11 (Apple Podcasts)

"Great Info" 

As a parent it's good to hear the perspective from an experienced player. I'm looking forward to more episodes to not only benefit my daughter but for me to be more supportive of her <3

- ajcol269 (Apple Podcasts)

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Behind the scenes!

Each Wednesday (the day each new episode drops!) I go LIVE inside the ABT Community Facebook group giving an inside scoop on EVERY episode! -- the deets NO ONE knows about!

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Am I Too Hard On My Athlete?

I grew up with a dad who was hard on me. I know it. He knows it. We all know it. Even though most of it was the harmless “tough love”, some of it wasn’t, and it had a negative impact on me in the long run. If you’re wondering if you might be “too hard” on your athlete, today I’m giving you the signs that this could be the case and also sharing a few tips on what you can start doing TODAY to do something about it! Check out "Am I Too Hard on My Athlete" here>>>

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