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    SD-05294A:

    featuring Mike Candrea,
    University of Arizona Head Coach;
    8x NCAA Champions, winningest coach in NCAA Division I Softball history (1500+ wins);
    4x National Coach of the Year; named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century;
    Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (1996);
    2x US Olympic Softball Coach (Gold in '04, Silver in '08)

    If you want to be the best, study the best! Mike Candrea has been a successful hitting coach for more than three decades, and he shows you how he's done it in this video! Candrea opens up about his hitting philosophies, the mechanics of the swing and all of the required elements for hitters to develop, nine of his favorite drills that will help any hitter achieve a consistent and successful swing, and how his teachings have changed over the years.

    Three Measures of the Swing

    How do you know if a swing is successful? Coach Candrea begins by identifying three measures of the swing: force, the hitting zone, and efficiency.

    • Force has three factors and he explains how your "gears," bat speed, and square contact put together create the force needed to hit the ball well.
    • He demonstrates how a short hitting zone can occur and why it's important to get the bat to the correct position to have it in the hitting zone for the longest amount of time.
    • There's little time to swing the bat, so being efficient in your swing is critical. Candrea demonstrates a common error of "bat rap" and how to correct it.

    Simplifying the swing by focusing on the major categories instead of the minute details increases confidence, which will increase consistency.

    Candrea acknowledges that players have many different stances. He identifies three things to look for: an athletic stance, plate coverage, and a rhythm. He explains each of these areas and also shares what to look for in the front knee and how it should move back and in toward the pitch. He demonstrates what this looks like, and, what happens when it isn't done correctly.

    Lower Body Mechanics

    Candrea offers three drills to put the lower body in the correct position to drive the ball and how to get into the front side longer to hit off-speed pitches more effectively.

    Upper Body Mechanics and Connection

    Candrea offers three drills to help any batter release the bat head to and through contact. In one drill, he shows how to use a rubber mallet to train the correct hand path. The key to an effortless swing is connection, adding the forces from the lower body and upper body together at the right time. Candrea shares his favorite connection drill, as well as an independent hands drill.

    The video concludes with Coach Candrea's 9 Absolutes of Hitting and 10 Characteristics of Successful Hitters; these represent decades of experience working with and developing some of softball's greatest hitters. These will help you to recognize natural talent, develop missing elements, and produce better hitters for your team!

    This video is essential for anyone who is coaching softball at any level. Coach Candrea uses common terms while demonstrating what to look for as a coach and what to do as a player to be a successful hitter. Mike Candrea offers something for everyone!

    60 minutes. 2017.



    SD-05294B:

    featuring Mike Candrea,
    University of Arizona Head Coach;
    8x NCAA Champions, winningest coach in NCAA Division I Softball history (1500+ wins);
    4x National Coach of the Year; named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century;
    Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (1996);
    2x US Olympic Softball Coach (Gold in '04, Silver in '08)

    While all infielders must share certain fielding skills, each position requires a different skill set and mentality. Coach Candrea provides you with the essential background knowledge to make your infielders more efficient and more powerful.

    Candrea dives into the intricacies of each position on the infield, while also addressing the basic fielding mechanics that all great infielders must master. You'll learn footwork, throwing techniques, base-covering tips, and other infield responsibilities to give your players the ultimate advantage.

    Principles by Position

    Most errors that occur in the game of softball happen in the infield. Coach Candrea provides an in-depth look for each infield position, by breaking down the necessary skills for third base, shortstop, second base, and first base. He provides specific tips to help each position player reach her full potential, covering:

    • Throwing - Warm up and types of throws.
    • Mentality - Fearless, athletic, creative.
    • Mechanics - Glove work and basic infield footwork.
    • Pop fly responsibilities.
    • Cut-off responsibilities.
    • Base coverage and tagging techniques.
    • Double play footwork.
    • Fielding bunts.
    • Pre-pitch preparation.

    Throwing Techniques

    Teaching throwing mechanics is step one to having elite players. Coach Candrea describes how athletes at each infield position should throw the ball to maximize their power, strength, and decision-making. He demonstrates the "thumb flick" to describe the action used by the hands to get into a strong throwing position.

    Footwork and Fielding

    Candrea discusses how to field the ball at each base, utilizing "rake throughs," "get arounds" and "short hops" to get the ball in your players' gloves effectively and efficiently. These techniques lead to a higher fielding percentage and result in fewer errors and more outs.

    A fielding drill Candrea shares will teach your infielders to choose the good hop by having them count the number of hops as the ground ball is being hit to them. The drill helps your players:

    • Pick the short hop, not the long hop.
    • Open up on the long hop.
    • Make sure the glove is on the ground when the ball takes its last hop.
    • Field the ball out in front of their nose.

    Candrea provides philosophy on what type of athlete should play each position, as well as how they should line up. Also included is the strategy on when to play up or back, as well as multiple ways to cover a bag when receiving throws from both the infield and outfield. These points are often overlooked by young or inexperienced coaches and they can be the difference between a win and a loss.

    If you want to know the ins and outs of infield play that oftentimes get overlooked and under-coached, you need this video from Coach Candrea!

    55 minutes. 2017.



    SD-05294C:

    with Stacy Iveson,
    University of Arizona Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach;
    former Head Coach at Pima Community College and Yavapai College - winning four NJCAA National titles (two at each school);
    2004 NJCAA Coach of the Year;
    coached some of Arizona's most decorated pitchers and catchers, including: Becky Lemke, Jennie Finch, Nancy Evans, Carrie Dolan, Leah Braatz and Lindsey Collins

    Looking for a complete pitching program from one of the top programs in the nation? Stacy Iveson has developed several of the most dominant pitchers in college softball at the University of Arizona. In this video, she shows how to maximize the development and success of your pitching staff year-round. Discover concepts and practice plans that allow you to divide your pitching program into phases. You'll learn how to train to maximize your pitchers' development individually, and as part of a staff.

    Seasonal Plans

    Depending on whether you're in the off-season, preseason, or in-season, you'll want to prepare your pitchers differently. Iveson explains when and how you should work to improve your pitchers' strength, stamina and speed, and how to maintain those attributes throughout the season. Each skill required is covered in drill routines that can be incorporated into daily or 2-3 practices per week to work the pitching staff through the nine month cycle of off-season through in-season training.

    Coach Iveson shares the Wildcat blueprint for the three-stage training of pitchers. Her coaching plan covers:

    • Off-season workouts focusing on building a base of physical and mental skills. Pitchers will build a rapport and communication with the catchers and rest of the defense. Pitchers are developed physically through strength training to build stamina and velocity.
    • Pre-season workouts to shift the focus to live situations. Pitchers are challenged with pre-determined counts and batters standing in to work on specific outcomes. You'll also see how scrimmages are used as an opportunity to practice in-game adjustments.
    • In-season training that centers on the involvement of the pitchers in the overall team defense. Pitching staffs are integrated into the fielding drills and are prepared for their roles in the weekly game plan.

    Bullpens

    See how to run a live bullpen session with Coach Iveson and several of Arizona's pitchers. Iveson opens the doors to two of her bullpen workouts, where each pitcher has a specific focus and works on a different drill. This session highlights drills for developing accuracy and improving velocity and stamina. PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice) is showcased as the cornerstone for integrating your pitchers into the overall defense. Iveson also offers ideas about how to transfer the success attained in the bullpen onto the field during games.

    Coach Iveson also explores philosophies behind managing the physical and mental aspects of pitchers. Pitching comes with a tremendous amount of physical and mental stress, so being able to help the pitcher and the team manage it is critical to the team's success.

    Help prepare your pitchers to peak when it matters most by altering workouts based on what phase of the season you're in. Learn the approach and drills that have led to consistent success on the pitcher's mound at Arizona!

    66 minutes. 2017.



    SD-05294D:

    with Stacy Iveson,
    University of Arizona Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach;
    former Head Coach at Pima Community College and Yavapai College - winning four NJCAA National titles (two at each school);
    2004 NJCAA Coach of the Year;
    coached some of Arizona's most decorated pitchers and catchers, including: Becky Lemke, Jennie Finch, Nancy Evans, Carrie Dolan, Leah Braatz and Lindsey Collins

    Your catcher is the most important person on the field. Avoiding a passed ball, catching a runner stealing a base, or framing a good pitch for a strike are all skills that require drilling catcher technique. Stacy Iveson explains the University of Arizona's philosophy to catching and then takes you inside a UA practice to demonstrate more than 15 drills focusing on leg strength, throwing, framing, and blocking used throughout the season.

    There are three major phases of this video. The early part of the video focuses on ways to get warmed up and to improve foot speed and leg strength. The bulk of the video centers on the multitude of drills that can be used to help catchers become more natural and athletic within the game of softball. These 19 drills are sure to improve the strength, speed and consistency of all catchers. Finally, Iveson breaks down many of the situational activities that all catchers need to understand, including retrieving wild pitches or passed balls, tag plays at the plate, and more.

    Attributes of a Great Catcher

    In addition to the physical tools necessary to be a successful catcher, they must be a leader on the field and demonstrate great mental toughness. Iveson explains the mental and physical skills that all great catchers share. Not only must catchers frame pitches, but they may be called on to block pitches in the dirt, receive throws at the plate, field bunts, retrieve balls at the backstop, and throw out potential base stealers.

    Drills

    Learn many of the drills and skill development techniques used by the Arizona coaches to make catchers perform at a world-class level. Catchers are often overlooked in practices because of the specialized activities of the position. At Arizona, position-specific activities from other positions are incorporated into the catcher development plan:

    • Daily throwing with the outfielders to develop arm strength in a gradual way
    • Taking ground balls like infielders would to improve their ability to receive throws from the outfield.

    Iveson offers 22 drills, plus a 5-step throwing progression, to help build the physical skills required to be a top-notch catcher. You'll see drills for:

    • Building leg strength and quickness needed to execute defensive throws and block errant pitches.
    • Working on arm speed, release time and arm strength - all critical to improving defense and giving the catcher a better chance to throw out runners.
    • Reinforcing position body and hands to properly "frame" a pitch to get more called strikes.
    • Improving throwing from one knee after a passed ball to make a good throw to home plate to get runner out and keep the pitcher in a safe position.
    • Blocking technique and practical training sets for passed balls that can be used on a daily basis.
    • Fielding short hops with both the backhand and forehand to practice receiving a less-than-perfect throw at the plate, which reduces passed balls and improves defense on plays at home plate.
    • And much more!

    In the Mirror Drill, catchers must mimic each other's movements while blocking, working on reaction and quickness. Conditioning has never been as fun as when two catchers try to out-do the other while working their legs and core muscles. In less than 2 minutes, your catchers will have finished a grueling blocking series and have had fun competing with their partner.

    Coach Iveson explains what it takes to be a great catcher, and gives you the drills to take your catchers to the next level!

    43 minutes. 2017.



    SD-05294E:

    with Caitlin Lowe,
    University of Arizona Assistant Coach;
    member of the 2008 US Olympic Team (Silver Medal); 4x All-American (and only one of two players in Arizona history to be named 1st team All-America 4x at Arizona);
    part of 2 NCAA Championship teams, winner of the adidas Golden Shoe Award (for the nation's best base-stealer);
    Arizona's all time leader in stolen bases, 2nd all time in career batting average (.446), 4th in hits and triples and 7th in runs scored;
    played for the USSSA Pride for 6 seasons, 3 National Pro Fastpitch titles, 2012 Player of The Year & USSSA Hall of Fame (2106)

    Outfielders are often an overlooked aspect of the game, and this video allows you to see how a commitment to these players can help develop world-class technique and solid and repeatable performance of your athletes.

    Caitlin Lowe takes you through the full slate of outfield training activities used at the University of Arizona. She offers 10 drills, plus a 4-step rolling progression and a 9-step throwing progression, to build an outfielder's physical skills. She also addresses the mentality and anticipation that separate good outfielders from great ones.

    Characteristics and Philosophy

    Learn the mentality every outfielder needs, as well as the pre-pitch preparation needed to be in the right position. Lowe explains five characteristics of a good outfielder, and also explains her philosophy on outfield play. Outfielders must have certain physical tools to be successful, but they also must embody several mental characteristics, like fearlessness. Learn to instill the fearlessness necessary for your outfielders to aggressively and intelligently make the routine and big plays.

    Throwing Progression

    One physical tool great outfielders must possess is a strong and accurate arm. The outfielders at Arizona demonstrate a 9-step throwing progression to help improve throwing mechanics, arm strength, and simulate some of the throws they may make during a game. Learn how to get rid of the ball quickly to get a force out, or run through a do-or-die and crow hop for more strength on a longer throw.

    Drills

    Coach Lowe begins with the outfielders gloveless and catching tennis balls, then incorporates a 4-step roll progression before hitting balls to the outfielders. She also introduces a drill series to practice robbing home runs over the fence. In one particular Fly Ball Ladder Work drill, the outfielders must use quick feet to step through an agility ladder, then sprint out and gather themselves as they round a cone and catch a fly ball. This helps teach outfielders to get behind the ball, which will help them avoid drifting and allow them to make a stronger and more accurate throw.

    Great outfielders make the game look easy because of their pre-pitch preparation and anticipation skills - they always seem to be in the right spot at the right time.

    From throwing out a runner rounding third and heading home to robbing a home run over the fence, Coach Lowe shows you the skills and drills that help great outfielders make difficult tasks look easy!

    71 minutes. 2017



    SD-05294F:

    with Caitlin Lowe,
    University of Arizona Assistant Coach;
    member of the 2008 US Olympic Team (Silver Medal); 4x All-American (and only one of two players in Arizona history to be named 1st team All-America 4x at Arizona);
    part of 2 NCAA Championship teams, winner of the adidas Golden Shoe Award (for the nation's best base-stealer);
    Arizona's all time leader in stolen bases, 2nd all time in career batting average (.446), 4th in hits and triples and 7th in runs scored;
    played for the USSSA Pride for 6 seasons, 3 National Pro Fastpitch titles, 2012 Player of The Year & USSSA Hall of Fame (2106)

    Over the years, one thing the University of Arizona has been known for its speed. Former Wildcat great-turned-coach, Caitlin Lowe, shows us the mentality and skills that helped make her one of the best ever.

    Lowe shows you what to look for at each base for base running, and then dives into slapping mechanics, types, and strategy.

    Slapping Mechanics

    Knowing where to stand in the box and having good footwork is important to minimize time to first base after hitting the ball. Coach Lowe shows you the footwork that will keep you on-line, but allow you to move quickly out of the batter's box. Learn the bat path and contact point that will keep your bat in the zone as long as possible to increase the chance of making contact with the pitch. Lowe also offers advice for how to get to first base faster - every slapper's ultimate goal!

    Types of Slaps

    Give your slappers the tools they need to make the defense wrong and improve your chances of getting on base. Lowe discusses and demonstrates the different "weapons" a slapper can utilize during an at-bat. The drag bunt, soft slap, chop slap and hard slap are all discussed, demonstrated and taught.

    Lowe also shares what to look for in the defense to know when to use each type of slap. She also covers situational slapping and how you can use each type of slap strategically depending on where runners are on base

    Base Running

    Proper base running techniques are often overlooked and under-practiced. Smart, aggressive base runners are a commodity, and win you more games. Lowe shows how you can incorporate base running practice into your batting practice to get more done in a shorter amount of time

    Base by base, Lowe shows you how to anticipate and react to the situation. As demonstrated by the Wildcat players, runners start at first base and react to the batted balls. Learn when to be aggressive and when to be a little more conservative at second base, and how to be aggressive with a down angle at third base, as well as the philosophy behind what type of leads to take at each base.

    Use Coach Lowe's tactics to turn your offense into a nightmare on the base paths for the opposing team!

    44 minutes. 2017




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    with Caitlin Lowe,
    University of Arizona Assistant Coach;
    member of the 2008 US Olympic Team (Silver Medal); 4x All-American (and only one of two players in Arizona history to be named 1st team All-America 4x at Arizona);
    part of 2 NCAA Championship teams, winner of the adidas Golden Shoe Award (for the nation's best base-stealer);
    Arizona's all time leader in stolen bases, 2nd all time in career batting average (.446), 4th in hits and triples and 7th in runs scored;
    played for the USSSA Pride for 6 seasons, 3 National Pro Fastpitch titles, 2012 Player of The Year & USSSA Hall of Fame (2106)

    Over the years, one thing the University of Arizona has been known for its speed. Former Wildcat great-turned-coach, Caitlin Lowe, shows us the mentality and skills that helped make her one of the best ever.

    Lowe shows you what to look for at each base for base running, and then dives into slapping mechanics, types, and strategy.

    Slapping Mechanics

    Knowing where to stand in the box and having good footwork is important to minimize time to first base after hitting the ball. Coach Lowe shows you the footwork that will keep you on-line, but allow you to move quickly out of the batter's box. Learn the bat path and contact point that will keep your bat in the zone as long as possible to increase the chance of making contact with the pitch. Lowe also offers advice for how to get to first base faster - every slapper's ultimate goal!

    Types of Slaps

    Give your slappers the tools they need to make the defense wrong and improve your chances of getting on base. Lowe discusses and demonstrates the different "weapons" a slapper can utilize during an at-bat. The drag bunt, soft slap, chop slap and hard slap are all discussed, demonstrated and taught.

    Lowe also shares what to look for in the defense to know when to use each type of slap. She also covers situational slapping and how you can use each type of slap strategically depending on where runners are on base

    Base Running

    Proper base running techniques are often overlooked and under-practiced. Smart, aggressive base runners are a commodity, and win you more games. Lowe shows how you can incorporate base running practice into your batting practice to get more done in a shorter amount of time

    Base by base, Lowe shows you how to anticipate and react to the situation. As demonstrated by the Wildcat players, runners start at first base and react to the batted balls. Learn when to be aggressive and when to be a little more conservative at second base, and how to be aggressive with a down angle at third base, as well as the philosophy behind what type of leads to take at each base.

    Use Coach Lowe's tactics to turn your offense into a nightmare on the base paths for the opposing team!

    44 minutes. 2017


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    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    The skills required to play the various infield positions are unique to each position. In order to be an effective infield coach, one must understand the diverse needs for each position.

    Megan Smith offers 27 drills to build fundamentally sound infielders, position-by-position, by breaking down their technique and building correct mechanics using proven drills.

    Her instruction covers:

    • Ready position
    • Fielding position
    • Throwing position
    • Drop step and angles to balls hit to the forehand and backhand
    • Bunt fielding and throwing
    • Double play feeds and footwork for middle infielders

    Coach Smith even has a short segment on how to throw on the run. This is a fully comprehensive video on the basic fundamentals for infield play!

    Drop Steps

    The drop step is used on both forehands and backhands, so a good drop step is very important to help fielders increase their range. Smith explains the technique of a drop step and offers four drills to practice it. Get your players' feet moving faster and more efficiently and you will find them getting to more ground balls deep in the hole or up the middle!

    Corner Fielding

    Corner infielders have diverse job descriptions, as they must field ground balls like other infielders and also have bunt responsibilities. First basemen must also be able to pick a ball thrown in the dirt. Smith covers the techniques involved for each position and offers nine drills for these skills. In one drill called Hot Dog, players practice staying low and having their feet beat their hands by fielding a rolled ball behind their backs and between their legs.

    Double Plays

    Making two outs off of one batted ball can bail a defense, and your pitcher, out of a jam. Smith goes over feeds and footwork for both middle infield positions to help decrease the amount of time it takes to make the play and increase the chance of getting two outs. She then teaches the art of multiple "feeds" and the different footwork needed to turn a double play at second base. These tips save time and create more outs. In all, you'll get 12 drills Smith uses with her middles to practice initiating and turning the double play.

    Let Coach Smith help you develop fundamentally sound infielders that will shatter records with their consistency!

    63 minutes. 2018.


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    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    In this video, Megan Smith brings you drills that she has used over the years to improve her team's fielding. Smith will help keep your practices engaging with 17 innovative drills designed to improve footwork, turns, throws, and fielding position.

    Footwork Drills

    A player must move her feet to get into position. Learn how to help your infielders get into great fielding position with four footwork drills. Smith instructs how to practice quick feet and rhythm, which will help your infielders on routine ground balls and balls that they have to range to the sides to field.

    Glovework Drills

    Get your players' hands faster and more efficient with five drills. These drills are designed so that every player involved is working on some part of the game. For example, the Triangle Drill uses three players fielding, turning, and throwing to help improve on infield throws. In one fun drill, Light-Flight Pepper (a spin-off of the classic Pepper drill), the infielders play Pepper using light flight balls. This allows the hitter to pepper the ball harder without fear of injuring a fielder, and allows the infielders to work at a closer distance to improve their glove reaction.

    Fungo Drills

    Put it all together with eight fungo drills that will keep your infielders challenged. Smith offers several drills to improve fielding fundamentals, and drills that will challenge your fielders to make web-gem plays.

    Let Coach Smith show you how to develop fundamentally sound, record-breaking infielders without sacrificing fun!

    42 minutes. 2018.


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    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    Running an effective team practice with a large roster can be complicated. It is often difficult to find engaging and efficient team drills that will challenge each player.

    In this practice, you will witness exactly how Megan Smith works her team through various situations and gets all players prepared for upcoming games. Instead of players standing around and getting little out of the time, Smith does a terrific job of keeping things fast-paced and up-tempo.

    On display are eight full team drills and a batting practice rotation that will help make your practices more engaging and efficient.

    Team Defense

    Get your whole team involved with full field long toss. Practice important throwing and receiving skills with your full team in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The expectation of proper technique for throwing, catching and making tags is on full display and is crisply executed.

    Smith shares a pregame defensive sequence where you can get your outfielders and infielders several reps in only five minutes, which is ideal for pregame, where you are often limited on time. You will see the fundamentals that all coaches emphasize and hear the specific coaching points that Smith shares to make all players perform at their best.

    Coach Smith also introduces communication drills that will help assure that no fly ball goes uncaught because of poor communication.

    Defending the Running Game

    Shutting down an opponent's running game can be a critical component of team success. Make sure your catchers and infielders get practice reps working on pick-off plays and steals to ensure a well-rounded defensive practice. Smith will also help you simplify first and third defensive plays, which are commonly chaotic situations that cause the team on defense to make mistakes.

    Batting Practice

    Smith shows you how to run an efficient batting practice where all players are involved and productive. Her three-group batting practice rotation allows your hitters to get live reps off a pitcher, your base runners to get live reads off of batted balls, and your defense to get game-like reps. Get more accomplished in less time!

    Coach Smith shows you how to get more out of your players by getting more out of practice in this fantastic video!

    58 minutes. 2018.


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    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    Throwing and catching are fundamental building blocks in the game of softball. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most overlooked and under-taught skills in the game. Megan Smith gives you a comprehensive look at throwing and receiving techniques, sequencing, and progressions that can easily be integrated into the practice setting. This will allow your players to understand efficient movement patterns from a variety of receiving positions and also learn transitions that can be easily repeated to help create accurate throw and get outs.

    Throwing Mechanics and Drills

    Coach Smith takes you step-by-step through a throwing progression that will not only allow your players to loosen up their arms, but will help create a fundamentally sound throwing pattern. Using Smith's towel whips training, players use a towel to create and improve whip, resulting in more wrist snap and better throws. She also explains a throwing progression for use during warm-ups. Start by isolating the upper body, and then progressively add in the legs and work to achieve proper throwing footwork. Coach Smith helps you build your throwers from the ground up.

    Receiving Mechanics and Drills

    Smith first breaks down receiving and transfer techniques. Receiving is incorporated with throwing just as it occurs during a game, making it extremely transferable. These techniques are then synced up with footwork to help the viewer understand sequencing of footwork and glove work to throw the ball accurately. Players also learn how to deal with bad throws, which is when most errors occur and games are lost.

    Coach Smith introduces seven kinds of footwork that receivers must use during the throwing progression, and explains when the receiver should use each. These receiving footwork drills will allow your receivers to practice every kind of reception they could possibly need to make during a game.

    Special Throws and Drills

    In addition to regular throwing, Smith teaches how to transition from fielding a ball to throwing using her ball-in-glove series of drills. She provides drills for infielders and outfielders to work on the movements necessary to take a ball from the fielding position to throwing position. She also covers different types of throws, like relays and off-balance throws, which may pop up at a critical moment in the game and force your throwers to make a highlight-reel worthy play.

    Additionally, Smith shows how your throwers can safely strengthen their arms using long toss and weighted balls.

    The most valuable part of this video is that all these concepts can be incorporated into the throwing routine that you are already doing. Coach Smith explains how to make throwing more than just a part of warm-ups and how to make it a component of practice in and of itself!

    54 minutes. 2018.


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  • 10/13/18--22:00: Practice Planning Series
  • SD-05316A:

    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    In this video, Megan Smith brings you drills that she has used over the years to improve her team's fielding. Smith will help keep your practices engaging with 17 innovative drills designed to improve footwork, turns, throws, and fielding position.

    Footwork Drills

    A player must move her feet to get into position. Learn how to help your infielders get into great fielding position with four footwork drills. Smith instructs how to practice quick feet and rhythm, which will help your infielders on routine ground balls and balls that they have to range to the sides to field.

    Glovework Drills

    Get your players' hands faster and more efficient with five drills. These drills are designed so that every player involved is working on some part of the game. For example, the Triangle Drill uses three players fielding, turning, and throwing to help improve on infield throws. In one fun drill, Light-Flight Pepper (a spin-off of the classic Pepper drill), the infielders play Pepper using light flight balls. This allows the hitter to pepper the ball harder without fear of injuring a fielder, and allows the infielders to work at a closer distance to improve their glove reaction.

    Fungo Drills

    Put it all together with eight fungo drills that will keep your infielders challenged. Smith offers several drills to improve fielding fundamentals, and drills that will challenge your fielders to make web-gem plays.

    Let Coach Smith show you how to develop fundamentally sound, record-breaking infielders without sacrificing fun!

    42 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05316B:

    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    The skills required to play the various infield positions are unique to each position. In order to be an effective infield coach, one must understand the diverse needs for each position.

    Megan Smith offers 27 drills to build fundamentally sound infielders, position-by-position, by breaking down their technique and building correct mechanics using proven drills.

    Her instruction covers:

    • Ready position
    • Fielding position
    • Throwing position
    • Drop step and angles to balls hit to the forehand and backhand
    • Bunt fielding and throwing
    • Double play feeds and footwork for middle infielders

    Coach Smith even has a short segment on how to throw on the run. This is a fully comprehensive video on the basic fundamentals for infield play!

    Drop Steps

    The drop step is used on both forehands and backhands, so a good drop step is very important to help fielders increase their range. Smith explains the technique of a drop step and offers four drills to practice it. Get your players' feet moving faster and more efficiently and you will find them getting to more ground balls deep in the hole or up the middle!

    Corner Fielding

    Corner infielders have diverse job descriptions, as they must field ground balls like other infielders and also have bunt responsibilities. First basemen must also be able to pick a ball thrown in the dirt. Smith covers the techniques involved for each position and offers nine drills for these skills. In one drill called Hot Dog, players practice staying low and having their feet beat their hands by fielding a rolled ball behind their backs and between their legs.

    Double Plays

    Making two outs off of one batted ball can bail a defense, and your pitcher, out of a jam. Smith goes over feeds and footwork for both middle infield positions to help decrease the amount of time it takes to make the play and increase the chance of getting two outs. She then teaches the art of multiple "feeds" and the different footwork needed to turn a double play at second base. These tips save time and create more outs. In all, you'll get 12 drills Smith uses with her middles to practice initiating and turning the double play.

    Let Coach Smith help you develop fundamentally sound infielders that will shatter records with their consistency!

    63 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05316C:

    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    Throwing and catching are fundamental building blocks in the game of softball. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most overlooked and under-taught skills in the game. Megan Smith gives you a comprehensive look at throwing and receiving techniques, sequencing, and progressions that can easily be integrated into the practice setting. This will allow your players to understand efficient movement patterns from a variety of receiving positions and also learn transitions that can be easily repeated to help create accurate throw and get outs.

    Throwing Mechanics and Drills

    Coach Smith takes you step-by-step through a throwing progression that will not only allow your players to loosen up their arms, but will help create a fundamentally sound throwing pattern. Using Smith's towel whips training, players use a towel to create and improve whip, resulting in more wrist snap and better throws. She also explains a throwing progression for use during warm-ups. Start by isolating the upper body, and then progressively add in the legs and work to achieve proper throwing footwork. Coach Smith helps you build your throwers from the ground up.

    Receiving Mechanics and Drills

    Smith first breaks down receiving and transfer techniques. Receiving is incorporated with throwing just as it occurs during a game, making it extremely transferable. These techniques are then synced up with footwork to help the viewer understand sequencing of footwork and glove work to throw the ball accurately. Players also learn how to deal with bad throws, which is when most errors occur and games are lost.

    Coach Smith introduces seven kinds of footwork that receivers must use during the throwing progression, and explains when the receiver should use each. These receiving footwork drills will allow your receivers to practice every kind of reception they could possibly need to make during a game.

    Special Throws and Drills

    In addition to regular throwing, Smith teaches how to transition from fielding a ball to throwing using her ball-in-glove series of drills. She provides drills for infielders and outfielders to work on the movements necessary to take a ball from the fielding position to throwing position. She also covers different types of throws, like relays and off-balance throws, which may pop up at a critical moment in the game and force your throwers to make a highlight-reel worthy play.

    Additionally, Smith shows how your throwers can safely strengthen their arms using long toss and weighted balls.

    The most valuable part of this video is that all these concepts can be incorporated into the throwing routine that you are already doing. Coach Smith explains how to make throwing more than just a part of warm-ups and how to make it a component of practice in and of itself!

    54 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05316D:

    with Megan Smith,
    University of Kansas Head Coach;
    six straight seasons of 30+ wins (2011-16);
    Over 300 wins all time; former LSU Assistant Coach

    Running an effective team practice with a large roster can be complicated. It is often difficult to find engaging and efficient team drills that will challenge each player.

    In this practice, you will witness exactly how Megan Smith works her team through various situations and gets all players prepared for upcoming games. Instead of players standing around and getting little out of the time, Smith does a terrific job of keeping things fast-paced and up-tempo.

    On display are eight full team drills and a batting practice rotation that will help make your practices more engaging and efficient.

    Team Defense

    Get your whole team involved with full field long toss. Practice important throwing and receiving skills with your full team in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The expectation of proper technique for throwing, catching and making tags is on full display and is crisply executed.

    Smith shares a pregame defensive sequence where you can get your outfielders and infielders several reps in only five minutes, which is ideal for pregame, where you are often limited on time. You will see the fundamentals that all coaches emphasize and hear the specific coaching points that Smith shares to make all players perform at their best.

    Coach Smith also introduces communication drills that will help assure that no fly ball goes uncaught because of poor communication.

    Defending the Running Game

    Shutting down an opponent's running game can be a critical component of team success. Make sure your catchers and infielders get practice reps working on pick-off plays and steals to ensure a well-rounded defensive practice. Smith will also help you simplify first and third defensive plays, which are commonly chaotic situations that cause the team on defense to make mistakes.

    Batting Practice

    Smith shows you how to run an efficient batting practice where all players are involved and productive. Her three-group batting practice rotation allows your hitters to get live reps off a pitcher, your base runners to get live reads off of batted balls, and your defense to get game-like reps. Get more accomplished in less time!

    Coach Smith shows you how to get more out of your players by getting more out of practice in this fantastic video!

    58 minutes. 2018.




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    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    At the higher levels of baseball and softball, physical skills don't separate the good from the great players; it's the player's mental skills that are usually the greatest differentiator. Most coaches don't spend enough time on mental skills, often because they don't understand the mental game or how to teach mental game.

    Tony Abbatine, who is also a professor of sport psychology, guides you through the understanding of mental dominance. He provides proven techniques for reducing stress and anxiety and also shares what Hall of Fame-level players do mentally to create the best chance to perform.

    Weapons of Mental Dominance

    Coach Abbatine introduces you to the nine "Weapons of Mental Dominance" that help players identify their personal readiness for success. These techniques are the building blocks of a routine that allows players to perform at their best, even in the most pressure-packed situations. He provides specific approaches to improve players in the areas of controlled breathing, mental imagery, positive self-talk, and goal setting. These are all techniques that coaches know are important, and this video provides easy cues and teaching points that will benefits players and coaches of all experience levels.

    Abbatine also gives details regarding the negative thoughts that can prevent players from achieving their full level of success. He gives tips for time-tested techniques that rid the mind of those harmful thoughts, as well as approaches for replacing them with mental skills that increase the opportunity to dominate.

    Additionally, you'll get vehicles for goal setting, performance analysis, and techniques for self-coaching that will allow players to feel fully prepared and sufficiently confident to let the body perform at the highest level. There is a clear relationship of how a strong mind and controlled emotions can produce the best physical performance!

    Dealing with Pressure

    Where does pressure come from? Coach Abbatine answers that question, and many others, as he explains how to re-frame pressure. When you understand that humans create the 'three evil sisters' you will start to understand how we can get rid of them too.

    Team Physics

    Team physics is a phrase to describe team chemistry. Coach Abbatine turns the idea of physics around on the coaches, saying that they must model what they want out of their athletes. Learn the attributes of successful coaches, and how you can better lead your athletes.

    Baseball and softball are often defined as being 80-90% mental; taking advantage of these proven performance techniques from Coach Abbatine is an absolute must!

    69 minutes. 2018.


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    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    The first and possibly the most important part of hitting success is the visual ability of the batter. The visual component of hitting involves so much more than 'see the ball, hit the ball.'

    Tony Abbatine explains the mechanics and strategies to put your players' eyes in a better position to see the ball. Through 10 drills, he shows you how to improve athletes' ability to see pitches, pitch rotations, and pitch locations to become the best performer possible in the batter's box.

    Visual Mechanics and Strategies

    Learn the mechanics and strategies that will allow your players to see the ball earlier, longer and clearer. For example, you will learn how to relax the eyes to pick up on more visual cues that the opponent's pitcher gives out. Coach Abbatine suggests a few physical mechanics that may be making it more difficult to see, and gives easy-to-remember cues to put your eyes in the best position to see.

    Visual Drill Work

    Limited space and resources? Coach Abbatine teaches three easy-to-use visual drills that can be done anywhere. Learn to catch without moving the head, and allow the eyes to do the work with No Look drills that force hand-eye coordination to advance. J-line drills force hitters to recognize and actively train the eyes and brain to react quickly to pitches.

    Visual Cage Work

    Combine vision work and hitting for the ultimate visual benefit. Coach Abbatine introduces seven drills that incorporate the skill of hitting while the focus stays on the eyes and seeing the ball better. Make a foundational drill that you already do, like hitting off the tee, more realistic and effective! Abbatine also shows some variations of flips and tosses that will give them more of a visual component.

    A perfect mechanical swing is almost worthless if you don't have good visual skills. Coach Abbatine gives you the visual strategies and drills to help players see better without having to visit the optometrist!

    70 minutes. 2018.


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    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    Build an elite level swing by keeping things simple! Efficient swings have few holes for opposing pitchers to exploit. Tony Abbatine offers a clear progression of hitting drills to develop top-tier baseball or softball hitters.

    Coach Abbatine provides several drills important to developing consistency while minimizing over-coaching and over-complicating hitting. This drill series does a great job of isolating various swing flaws, helping players understand the best fixes available while maintaining a commitment to the full process of hitting.

    Utilizing Drills

    While drills can be an important part of practice and development, coaches have to understand how to use them effectively to truly help the player develop to their maximum ability. Coach Abbatine presents a quick overview of his hitting style, and then goes in-depth about how he uses drills to teach these principles. Each drill that Abbatine shares has purpose, and every one builds on the drill before to give players the greatest chance at development.

    In addition to offering a proven teaching style, Abbatine also shares details of how to best evaluate hitters. These techniques are critical for evaluation in the recruitment process and in player development.

    Barrel Control Drills

    The core of Coach Abbatine's hitting philosophy is getting the barrel to the ball. He introduces a three-drill progression he uses to help teach barrel control - an essential element of hitting. The Punch, Rifle, and Sword drills each take the swing one step further until the hitter is taking almost a full swing, focusing on controlling the barrel.

    Hitting Drills

    Coach Abbatine opens his library of hitting drills to the viewer. While his drills address all aspects of the swing, most of them help the hitter to keep things simple. Using this resource, learn how to develop a complete hitter that is dangerous even against the most effective pitching. You'll see:

    • Selfie drills that allow hitters to work individually, warm up, and develop coordination.
    • Body Control drills to help hitters develop consistency in their mechanics from stride, to launch point, to finish.
    • Hand position drills that help hitters develop an appropriate launching point and barrel control.

    Abbatine provides an informative resource for developing hitters that is simple and educational. This video is great for both novice and professional coaches, as well as any player seeking improvement in their hitting!

    56 minutes. 2018.


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    SD-05327A:

    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    Build an elite level swing by keeping things simple! Efficient swings have few holes for opposing pitchers to exploit. Tony Abbatine offers a clear progression of hitting drills to develop top-tier baseball or softball hitters.

    Coach Abbatine provides several drills important to developing consistency while minimizing over-coaching and over-complicating hitting. This drill series does a great job of isolating various swing flaws, helping players understand the best fixes available while maintaining a commitment to the full process of hitting.

    Utilizing Drills

    While drills can be an important part of practice and development, coaches have to understand how to use them effectively to truly help the player develop to their maximum ability. Coach Abbatine presents a quick overview of his hitting style, and then goes in-depth about how he uses drills to teach these principles. Each drill that Abbatine shares has purpose, and every one builds on the drill before to give players the greatest chance at development.

    In addition to offering a proven teaching style, Abbatine also shares details of how to best evaluate hitters. These techniques are critical for evaluation in the recruitment process and in player development.

    Barrel Control Drills

    The core of Coach Abbatine's hitting philosophy is getting the barrel to the ball. He introduces a three-drill progression he uses to help teach barrel control - an essential element of hitting. The Punch, Rifle, and Sword drills each take the swing one step further until the hitter is taking almost a full swing, focusing on controlling the barrel.

    Hitting Drills

    Coach Abbatine opens his library of hitting drills to the viewer. While his drills address all aspects of the swing, most of them help the hitter to keep things simple. Using this resource, learn how to develop a complete hitter that is dangerous even against the most effective pitching. You'll see:

    • Selfie drills that allow hitters to work individually, warm up, and develop coordination.
    • Body Control drills to help hitters develop consistency in their mechanics from stride, to launch point, to finish.
    • Hand position drills that help hitters develop an appropriate launching point and barrel control.

    Abbatine provides an informative resource for developing hitters that is simple and educational. This video is great for both novice and professional coaches, as well as any player seeking improvement in their hitting!

    56 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05327B:

    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    The first and possibly the most important part of hitting success is the visual ability of the batter. The visual component of hitting involves so much more than 'see the ball, hit the ball.'

    Tony Abbatine explains the mechanics and strategies to put your players' eyes in a better position to see the ball. Through 10 drills, he shows you how to improve athletes' ability to see pitches, pitch rotations, and pitch locations to become the best performer possible in the batter's box.

    Visual Mechanics and Strategies

    Learn the mechanics and strategies that will allow your players to see the ball earlier, longer and clearer. For example, you will learn how to relax the eyes to pick up on more visual cues that the opponent's pitcher gives out. Coach Abbatine suggests a few physical mechanics that may be making it more difficult to see, and gives easy-to-remember cues to put your eyes in the best position to see.

    Visual Drill Work

    Limited space and resources? Coach Abbatine teaches three easy-to-use visual drills that can be done anywhere. Learn to catch without moving the head, and allow the eyes to do the work with No Look drills that force hand-eye coordination to advance. J-line drills force hitters to recognize and actively train the eyes and brain to react quickly to pitches.

    Visual Cage Work

    Combine vision work and hitting for the ultimate visual benefit. Coach Abbatine introduces seven drills that incorporate the skill of hitting while the focus stays on the eyes and seeing the ball better. Make a foundational drill that you already do, like hitting off the tee, more realistic and effective! Abbatine also shows some variations of flips and tosses that will give them more of a visual component.

    A perfect mechanical swing is almost worthless if you don't have good visual skills. Coach Abbatine gives you the visual strategies and drills to help players see better without having to visit the optometrist!

    70 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05327C:

    with Tony Abbatine,
    Founder, Frozen Ropes;
    2018 USA Softball National Team Coaching Staff - overseeing the mental and visual skills;
    Has worked with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player development department consultant;
    Adjunct College Professor, Sports Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas College;
    author of numerous articles on player development featured in: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media.

    At the higher levels of baseball and softball, physical skills don't separate the good from the great players; it's the player's mental skills that are usually the greatest differentiator. Most coaches don't spend enough time on mental skills, often because they don't understand the mental game or how to teach mental game.

    Tony Abbatine, who is also a professor of sport psychology, guides you through the understanding of mental dominance. He provides proven techniques for reducing stress and anxiety and also shares what Hall of Fame-level players do mentally to create the best chance to perform.

    Weapons of Mental Dominance

    Coach Abbatine introduces you to the nine "Weapons of Mental Dominance" that help players identify their personal readiness for success. These techniques are the building blocks of a routine that allows players to perform at their best, even in the most pressure-packed situations. He provides specific approaches to improve players in the areas of controlled breathing, mental imagery, positive self-talk, and goal setting. These are all techniques that coaches know are important, and this video provides easy cues and teaching points that will benefits players and coaches of all experience levels.

    Abbatine also gives details regarding the negative thoughts that can prevent players from achieving their full level of success. He gives tips for time-tested techniques that rid the mind of those harmful thoughts, as well as approaches for replacing them with mental skills that increase the opportunity to dominate.

    Additionally, you'll get vehicles for goal setting, performance analysis, and techniques for self-coaching that will allow players to feel fully prepared and sufficiently confident to let the body perform at the highest level. There is a clear relationship of how a strong mind and controlled emotions can produce the best physical performance!

    Dealing with Pressure

    Where does pressure come from? Coach Abbatine answers that question, and many others, as he explains how to re-frame pressure. When you understand that humans create the 'three evil sisters' you will start to understand how we can get rid of them too.

    Team Physics

    Team physics is a phrase to describe team chemistry. Coach Abbatine turns the idea of physics around on the coaches, saying that they must model what they want out of their athletes. Learn the attributes of successful coaches, and how you can better lead your athletes.

    Baseball and softball are often defined as being 80-90% mental; taking advantage of these proven performance techniques from Coach Abbatine is an absolute must!

    69 minutes. 2018.




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  • 10/13/18--22:00: Randy Schneider 2-Pack
  • SD-05317A:

    with Randy Schneider,
    Ankeny Centennial (IA) High School Head Coach;
    former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
    former University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach (2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions);
    Former head coach at Valparaiso University, where he left as the programs all-time wins leader;
    2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year

    and Joe Yegge,
    Kirkwood Community College Head Coach;
    8x ICCAC regular season championships,
    5x Region Championships, 5x District Championships, 2x NFCA Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year

    Developing power hitters takes time and know-how. Randy Schneider and Joe Yegge team up to take your power hitting to the next level in this jam-packed video!

    You'll learn how the body powerfully works through the swing process, followed by the techniques that help to improve repetitions without just mindlessly taking swings. The coaches conclude with an extensive laundry list of 30 tee and front toss drills to help solve your power hitting struggles. Every team can utilize these drills to win more games.

    Mechanics

    Before a player can become a great hitter, they must first develop a fundamentally strong swing. This video incorporates great technique for developing that swing, including:

    • Medicine ball work to develop swing strength and bat speed.
    • Band work to improve hand path and "feeling connected" in the upper half and lower half.
    • Tennis racket work to feel bat lag and improve explosiveness through the ball.
    • Frisbee throwing to enhance extension and finish.

    From there, Schneider and Yegge show you how to develop sound fundamentals to improve success at the plate. They explain proper loading to gather strength and energy, attacking the front heel for optimal rotational/linear effort, and staying on plane to dramatically increase the ability to put the bat on the ball.

    Learn about the speed/accuracy tradeoff and differential learning, and how incorporating both concepts into your practices will improve your hitters' performance.

    30 Drills to Develop a Repeatable Swing

    Power is the result of a repeatable and efficient swing that is built on body sequencing, and this video provides dozens of drills to provide exactly that. Drills are systematically broken down into segments:

    • Lower half drive to take advantage of the biggest and most powerful muscles.
    • Bat and hand path to increase the amount of time that the bat is working through the pitch plane and thus bettering the ability to put the ball in play.
    • Extension and finish drills to become more powerful and maximize what the body has to offer.

    Tee Drills

    Coach Yegge shows you twelve tee drills that can prepare your power hitters to maximize their pop at the plate. These drills get players swinging faster and harder while also increasing percentage of powerful contact, resulting in more extra base hits. These drills will help your hitters with:

    • Rhythm and feel
    • Torque
    • Bat control
    • Bat speed

    Overall, these drills will help your hitters harness the power from the ground and transfer that energy into their swings.

    Front Toss Drills

    Coach Schneider shows you how to tie it all together with front toss drills to help train the batter's eyes and body to make more solid contact. These front toss drills, like the slow load drill, will help your hitters work on their rhythm and timing. In the Slow Load drill, the hitter controls their load and loads gradually and slowly, before exploding to contact. This particular drill is helpful when facing a slower pitcher.

    Discover the "Why" of Successful Swings

    Coach Schneider provides lots of physics and biomechanics explanations to help you understand how to get the most out of any body type. Coach Schneider is clearly a "student of the game" and his ability to share what he's learned is terrific. You'll see what it takes to improve consistency and explosiveness through a better understanding of the biomechanics of the physical body.

    Schneider and Yegge offer many drills to build your power game. This video will show you how to teach your hitters to be aggressive at the plate and do damage on offense!

    49 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05317B:

    with Randy Schneider,
    Ankeny Centennial (IA) High School Head Coach;
    former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
    former University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach (2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions);
    Former head coach at Valparaiso University, where he left as the programs all-time wins leader;
    2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year

    When people talk about offense, much of the talk and focus is on home runs. However, an aggressive running game can help take the pressure off big hitters and help generate runs when your power game has an off day.

    In this video, Randy Schneider explains the baserunning drills, leads, and rundowns to strategically apply pressure to opposing defenses and force them to make mistakes.

    Baserunning Drills

    Get out of the box quicker and more efficiently! Coach Schneider introduces several drills that will help your runners get to and round first base faster. You'll benefit from a structured, easily implemented routine that breaks home to first base-running down into all of the important pieces, which include:

    • Starts - Explosively getting out of the box.
    • Open Window - Proper timing of looking up to see if the ball made it through the infield.
    • Hitting the Bag - Whether hitting the front of the bag on a close play or hitting the inside corner of the bag when rounding, foot placement can be the difference that puts maximum pressure on the defense.
    • Breakdown - After hitting the bag at full speed, knowing how to properly stop is important for avoiding injury and for forcing the defense into making mistakes.

    Use the Starts drill to get out of the batter's box more efficiently. This is a skill that can benefit hitters on almost every at-bat. Players practice getting to the end of the swing, staying balanced, and driving out while keeping the head low and running through a cone a few feet away.

    Leads

    Once on first base, learn how to take an aggressive lead that will draw the defense's attention. Coach Schneider explains how to drill different leads for second and third base. Learn how to take a lead off of an aggressive catcher who likes to pick off frequently, while taking a more aggressive lead against a less skilled or lazy catcher.

    Rundowns and Situations

    One side benefit of being an aggressive baserunning team is that your defense will practice against your base runners, better preparing them for defending against a team that runs aggressively. Coach Schneider does a terrific job of incorporating offensive and defensive work into the same drills to optimize the use of practice time with a small ball scrimmage that keeps the focus on short game skills and aggressive baserunning. He shares techniques for developing an aggressive baserunning program into the typical batting practice that helps players become comfortable between bases. Multiple baserunner scenarios are incorporated to help players understand the dynamic of not being alone on the base paths.

    Coach Schneider shows you 12 drills to help you keep pressure on the defense. The more pressure your baserunning game can apply to the defense, the more errors they will make and runs you will score. Let Coach Schneider show you how to help your baserunners apply the pressure!

    48 minutes. 2018.




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  • 10/13/18--22:00: Pressure Baserunning
  • with Randy Schneider,
    Ankeny Centennial (IA) High School Head Coach;
    former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
    former University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach (2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions);
    Former head coach at Valparaiso University, where he left as the programs all-time wins leader;
    2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year

    When people talk about offense, much of the talk and focus is on home runs. However, an aggressive running game can help take the pressure off big hitters and help generate runs when your power game has an off day.

    In this video, Randy Schneider explains the baserunning drills, leads, and rundowns to strategically apply pressure to opposing defenses and force them to make mistakes.

    Baserunning Drills

    Get out of the box quicker and more efficiently! Coach Schneider introduces several drills that will help your runners get to and round first base faster. You'll benefit from a structured, easily implemented routine that breaks home to first base-running down into all of the important pieces, which include:

    • Starts - Explosively getting out of the box.
    • Open Window - Proper timing of looking up to see if the ball made it through the infield.
    • Hitting the Bag - Whether hitting the front of the bag on a close play or hitting the inside corner of the bag when rounding, foot placement can be the difference that puts maximum pressure on the defense.
    • Breakdown - After hitting the bag at full speed, knowing how to properly stop is important for avoiding injury and for forcing the defense into making mistakes.

    Use the Starts drill to get out of the batter's box more efficiently. This is a skill that can benefit hitters on almost every at-bat. Players practice getting to the end of the swing, staying balanced, and driving out while keeping the head low and running through a cone a few feet away.

    Leads

    Once on first base, learn how to take an aggressive lead that will draw the defense's attention. Coach Schneider explains how to drill different leads for second and third base. Learn how to take a lead off of an aggressive catcher who likes to pick off frequently, while taking a more aggressive lead against a less skilled or lazy catcher.

    Rundowns and Situations

    One side benefit of being an aggressive baserunning team is that your defense will practice against your base runners, better preparing them for defending against a team that runs aggressively. Coach Schneider does a terrific job of incorporating offensive and defensive work into the same drills to optimize the use of practice time with a small ball scrimmage that keeps the focus on short game skills and aggressive baserunning. He shares techniques for developing an aggressive baserunning program into the typical batting practice that helps players become comfortable between bases. Multiple baserunner scenarios are incorporated to help players understand the dynamic of not being alone on the base paths.

    Coach Schneider shows you 12 drills to help you keep pressure on the defense. The more pressure your baserunning game can apply to the defense, the more errors they will make and runs you will score. Let Coach Schneider show you how to help your baserunners apply the pressure!

    48 minutes. 2018.


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    with Randy Schneider,
    Ankeny Centennial (IA) High School Head Coach;
    former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
    former University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach (2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions);
    Former head coach at Valparaiso University, where he left as the programs all-time wins leader;
    2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year

    and Joe Yegge,
    Kirkwood Community College Head Coach;
    8x ICCAC regular season championships,
    5x Region Championships, 5x District Championships, 2x NFCA Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year

    Developing power hitters takes time and know-how. Randy Schneider and Joe Yegge team up to take your power hitting to the next level in this jam-packed video!

    You'll learn how the body powerfully works through the swing process, followed by the techniques that help to improve repetitions without just mindlessly taking swings. The coaches conclude with an extensive laundry list of 30 tee and front toss drills to help solve your power hitting struggles. Every team can utilize these drills to win more games.

    Mechanics

    Before a player can become a great hitter, they must first develop a fundamentally strong swing. This video incorporates great technique for developing that swing, including:

    • Medicine ball work to develop swing strength and bat speed.
    • Band work to improve hand path and "feeling connected" in the upper half and lower half.
    • Tennis racket work to feel bat lag and improve explosiveness through the ball.
    • Frisbee throwing to enhance extension and finish.

    From there, Schneider and Yegge show you how to develop sound fundamentals to improve success at the plate. They explain proper loading to gather strength and energy, attacking the front heel for optimal rotational/linear effort, and staying on plane to dramatically increase the ability to put the bat on the ball.

    Learn about the speed/accuracy tradeoff and differential learning, and how incorporating both concepts into your practices will improve your hitters' performance.

    30 Drills to Develop a Repeatable Swing

    Power is the result of a repeatable and efficient swing that is built on body sequencing, and this video provides dozens of drills to provide exactly that. Drills are systematically broken down into segments:

    • Lower half drive to take advantage of the biggest and most powerful muscles.
    • Bat and hand path to increase the amount of time that the bat is working through the pitch plane and thus bettering the ability to put the ball in play.
    • Extension and finish drills to become more powerful and maximize what the body has to offer.

    Tee Drills

    Coach Yegge shows you twelve tee drills that can prepare your power hitters to maximize their pop at the plate. These drills get players swinging faster and harder while also increasing percentage of powerful contact, resulting in more extra base hits. These drills will help your hitters with:

    • Rhythm and feel
    • Torque
    • Bat control
    • Bat speed

    Overall, these drills will help your hitters harness the power from the ground and transfer that energy into their swings.

    Front Toss Drills

    Coach Schneider shows you how to tie it all together with front toss drills to help train the batter's eyes and body to make more solid contact. These front toss drills, like the slow load drill, will help your hitters work on their rhythm and timing. In the Slow Load drill, the hitter controls their load and loads gradually and slowly, before exploding to contact. This particular drill is helpful when facing a slower pitcher.

    Discover the "Why" of Successful Swings

    Coach Schneider provides lots of physics and biomechanics explanations to help you understand how to get the most out of any body type. Coach Schneider is clearly a "student of the game" and his ability to share what he's learned is terrific. You'll see what it takes to improve consistency and explosiveness through a better understanding of the biomechanics of the physical body.

    Schneider and Yegge offer many drills to build your power game. This video will show you how to teach your hitters to be aggressive at the plate and do damage on offense!

    49 minutes. 2018.


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    with Chase Turner,
    San Jose State University Assistant Coach;
    member of the Men's USA Softball National Team

    Chase Turner has done a great job of taking his own fast-pitch softball playing experience with ASA `A' National Championship teams and USA Softball teams and sharing it with the hitters of SJSU. In the eight seasons (through 2017) that Turner has been an assistant at SJSU, batters have set program records in team batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and total bases.

    Few coaches train their players using proven scientific principles. This is only one of the attributes that sets Chase Turner apart from the rest. Learn the biomechanical principles of ground reaction force, torque, and inertia and how utilizing these three concepts will help you turn your athletes into power hitters.

    Hitting Mechanics

    Learn how to make your swing as mechanically efficient and powerful as possible. Turner explains several scientific and biomechanical principles and applies them to the softball swing. See how a batter can use the Magnus effect to hit the ball in the correct location to put the desired spin on a batted ball, which will make it fly farther.

    Ground Reaction Force

    Draw power from the ground with Turner's four ground reaction force drills. In the Bucket drill, Turner shows you how to drive the back knee down and in toward the ground, into a bucket placed in front of the back knee. This will helps your hitters swing with more power because the force the hitter puts into the ground will be transferred into the swing.

    Torque

    Turner shows how to use drive your back side into your front side to create torque, which will power your swing. He also shares four drills to help get more torque and power out of your players' swings.

    Inertia

    Learn how to use the inertia your hitters create to hit the ball harder and further. Turner presents nine drills to train your hitters to start the swing tight to their bodies to maximize inertia, then let go of that inertia at contact and release to transfer force into the softball.

    From A to Z, Coach Turner covers all the aspects behind power hitting. You'll see how to get the most out of your softball swing, and your body when hitting, with science on your side!

    62 minutes. 2018.


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    with Peter Turner,
    San Jose State University Head Coach;
    the winningest coach in San Jose State program history (over 300 wins);
    2017 Mountain West Conference Champions; 2x Conference Coach of the Year;
    member the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame (2007);
    former USA Softball Men's National Team coach ('02 - '13)

    Don't have enough time to cover everything you want in practice? Feel like your team isn't making the best use of practice time? Some coaches waste too much time hitting ground balls and fly balls to one player at a time while the rest of the team waits their turn.

    Peter Turner shows you how to run an efficient practice where infielders and outfielders practice the skills they will need most on game day. Additionally, you'll get a unique pitcher's workout that uses a lot of run-through drills to build on accuracy as well as conditioning and fielding.

    With over 20 drills showcased, Coach Turner takes you "behind the scenes" and allows you to learn from a program that gets the most out of practice time.

    Practice Philosophy

    Learn how to avoid long practices by drilling the skills needed most on game day. Coach Turner shares his practice philosophies and offers simple suggestions to make practices and drills you already run more efficient. He teaches how to plan a practice and what to cover at various parts of the season - pre-season, mid-season, and post-season - and how to maximize your staff and their abilities.

    Infielders Catch and Throw

    Cut down on throwing and catching mistakes and you will eliminate a lot of your team's errors, in general. Turner shows you seven drills to work on game-like throwing and catching technique, while challenging your players to be quick.

    In the 21 drill, players must make 21 perfect throws in a row. Just like on game day, they need to make 21 outs, while the coach times the group. This drill challenges players to be quick while applying pressure similar to the pressure they may experience in a game.

    Infield Everyday Drills

    Practice eight of the most common plays for infielders in a controlled setting using Coach Turner's everyday drills. These drills are designed to get infielders lots of reps where the player and coach can focus on fielding technique and fundamentals. Improve your infielders' glove work while ensuring that they take proper angles to the ball, which will give them more range. Key teaching points include:

    • Stopping the ball with the glove instead of squeezing the ball for quicker transfers.
    • Taking a 45 degree angle to the ball up the middle or in the hole.
    • Assessing speed of the players around them, on the bases, and at the plate.

    Outfield Everyday Drills

    Get outfielders involved with four everyday drills of their own. These drills will help your outfielders take better angles to the ball, which will result in more caught fly balls. You'll see how to teach players to catch a line drive coming directly at them - one of the hardest plays for outfielders to read.

    Pitcher Run-Through Drills

    After the pitcher releases the ball, they're no longer a pitcher - they are a fielder! Help your pitchers improve their pitching and fielding skills with three run-through drills. These run-through drills will help your pitchers practice fielding the ball and improve their conditioning and athleticism.

    Lower Half Pitching Drills

    Coach Turner introduces two drills to improve the lower half of your pitchers that will get them driving harder and rotating faster in order to throw the ball harder. These drills will emphasize the importance of rotation and location in pitching. He also demonstrates six drills that work on improving accuracy while incorporating other aspects of pitching

    Having enough time to cover all skills and give every player the reps they need is a challenge for coaches at all levels. This video gives you plenty of techniques for accomplishing more at practice in less time.

    89 minutes. 2018.


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  • 10/13/18--22:00: Peter Turner 2-Pack
  • SD-05326A:

    with Peter Turner,
    San Jose State University Head Coach;
    the winningest coach in San Jose State program history (over 300 wins);
    2017 Mountain West Conference Champions; 2x Conference Coach of the Year;
    member the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame (2007);
    former USA Softball Men's National Team coach ('02 - '13)

    Don't have enough time to cover everything you want in practice? Feel like your team isn't making the best use of practice time? Some coaches waste too much time hitting ground balls and fly balls to one player at a time while the rest of the team waits their turn.

    Peter Turner shows you how to run an efficient practice where infielders and outfielders practice the skills they will need most on game day. Additionally, you'll get a unique pitcher's workout that uses a lot of run-through drills to build on accuracy as well as conditioning and fielding.

    With over 20 drills showcased, Coach Turner takes you "behind the scenes" and allows you to learn from a program that gets the most out of practice time.

    Practice Philosophy

    Learn how to avoid long practices by drilling the skills needed most on game day. Coach Turner shares his practice philosophies and offers simple suggestions to make practices and drills you already run more efficient. He teaches how to plan a practice and what to cover at various parts of the season - pre-season, mid-season, and post-season - and how to maximize your staff and their abilities.

    Infielders Catch and Throw

    Cut down on throwing and catching mistakes and you will eliminate a lot of your team's errors, in general. Turner shows you seven drills to work on game-like throwing and catching technique, while challenging your players to be quick.

    In the 21 drill, players must make 21 perfect throws in a row. Just like on game day, they need to make 21 outs, while the coach times the group. This drill challenges players to be quick while applying pressure similar to the pressure they may experience in a game.

    Infield Everyday Drills

    Practice eight of the most common plays for infielders in a controlled setting using Coach Turner's everyday drills. These drills are designed to get infielders lots of reps where the player and coach can focus on fielding technique and fundamentals. Improve your infielders' glove work while ensuring that they take proper angles to the ball, which will give them more range. Key teaching points include:

    • Stopping the ball with the glove instead of squeezing the ball for quicker transfers.
    • Taking a 45 degree angle to the ball up the middle or in the hole.
    • Assessing speed of the players around them, on the bases, and at the plate.

    Outfield Everyday Drills

    Get outfielders involved with four everyday drills of their own. These drills will help your outfielders take better angles to the ball, which will result in more caught fly balls. You'll see how to teach players to catch a line drive coming directly at them - one of the hardest plays for outfielders to read.

    Pitcher Run-Through Drills

    After the pitcher releases the ball, they're no longer a pitcher - they are a fielder! Help your pitchers improve their pitching and fielding skills with three run-through drills. These run-through drills will help your pitchers practice fielding the ball and improve their conditioning and athleticism.

    Lower Half Pitching Drills

    Coach Turner introduces two drills to improve the lower half of your pitchers that will get them driving harder and rotating faster in order to throw the ball harder. These drills will emphasize the importance of rotation and location in pitching. He also demonstrates six drills that work on improving accuracy while incorporating other aspects of pitching

    Having enough time to cover all skills and give every player the reps they need is a challenge for coaches at all levels. This video gives you plenty of techniques for accomplishing more at practice in less time.

    89 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05326B:

    with Chase Turner,
    San Jose State University Assistant Coach;
    member of the Men's USA Softball National Team

    Chase Turner has done a great job of taking his own fast-pitch softball playing experience with ASA `A' National Championship teams and USA Softball teams and sharing it with the hitters of SJSU. In the eight seasons (through 2017) that Turner has been an assistant at SJSU, batters have set program records in team batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and total bases.

    Few coaches train their players using proven scientific principles. This is only one of the attributes that sets Chase Turner apart from the rest. Learn the biomechanical principles of ground reaction force, torque, and inertia and how utilizing these three concepts will help you turn your athletes into power hitters.

    Hitting Mechanics

    Learn how to make your swing as mechanically efficient and powerful as possible. Turner explains several scientific and biomechanical principles and applies them to the softball swing. See how a batter can use the Magnus effect to hit the ball in the correct location to put the desired spin on a batted ball, which will make it fly farther.

    Ground Reaction Force

    Draw power from the ground with Turner's four ground reaction force drills. In the Bucket drill, Turner shows you how to drive the back knee down and in toward the ground, into a bucket placed in front of the back knee. This will helps your hitters swing with more power because the force the hitter puts into the ground will be transferred into the swing.

    Torque

    Turner shows how to use drive your back side into your front side to create torque, which will power your swing. He also shares four drills to help get more torque and power out of your players' swings.

    Inertia

    Learn how to use the inertia your hitters create to hit the ball harder and further. Turner presents nine drills to train your hitters to start the swing tight to their bodies to maximize inertia, then let go of that inertia at contact and release to transfer force into the softball.

    From A to Z, Coach Turner covers all the aspects behind power hitting. You'll see how to get the most out of your softball swing, and your body when hitting, with science on your side!

    62 minutes. 2018.




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    SD-05410A:

    with Lin Casciato,
    Softball Coach and Clinician (since 1989) at all levels of softball - club, high school and college;
    coach for NW Fastpitch (2018 ASA Oregon State Championship);
    several Casciato-coached athletes have gone on to play for college programs at all levels

    Pitching is the name of the game, yet many youth coaches have limited experience with such a critical skill. In this video featuring long-time coach Lin Casciato, you'll learn the basic pitching movements, along with appropriate progressions, to feel confident in your ability to develop a strong foundation for your pitchers.

    Progressions and Drills

    Coach Casciato incorporates a teaching progression that helps beginning pitchers understand the necessity of repeatable actions in the pitching motion. Additionally, he offers an extensive list of drills that players can pick and choose from to get the repetitions they need during practice.

    This video incorporates isolation drills and a progression that builds a synchronous approach for the upper and lower body. You'll get techniques for isolating the mechanics of the pitching motion, allowing players of all ages to "feel" when they are using the correct method and better focus on the individual elements of the pitching process.

    Build Confidence and Understanding

    Fast-pitch mechanics can be difficult to master for an inexperienced player. Casciato provides exercises that will take pitchers to a place of confidence and comfort within the pitching circle. He offers direct instruction and provides explanations that will help you and your players understand proper mechanics.

    Coach Casciato does a great job of simplifying the pitching motion so that you can understand it and have your pitcher work through progressions to get the ball on line. Additionally, this video suggests a variety of drills that players can do at home in a small space to reinforce the motion, which can help them learn the motion without the stress of throwing a strike.

    Develop better pitchers today!

    80 minutes. 2018.



    SD-05410B:

    with Lin Casciato,
    Softball Coach and Clinician (since 1989) at all levels of softball - club, high school and college;
    coach for NW Fastpitch (2018 ASA Oregon State Championship);
    several Casciato-coached athletes have gone on to play for college programs at all levels

    Essential Skills

    This video features Coach Casciato as he shows you how to break down the various components of becoming a softball catcher.

    You'll get tips and drills on:

    • Receiving - How to have soft hands and catch the ball in a way to help get a strike call.
    • Blocking - How to keep more balls pitched in the dirt from getting past you to control the opponent's running game.
    • Throwing - How to throw to each base quickly enough to keep opponents from stealing.
    • You'll see what proper body position and technique can do to improve actions behind the plate and increase the confidence of other players in the field. With more than two dozen drills, this video is filled with ways to hone the skills of any beginning catcher.

      Becoming a Catcher

      It can be intimidating for young girls to put on the catcher's gear and climb behind the plate to face pitches in fast-pitch softball. Casciato does an excellent job of helping young players understand how to be safe, productive, and even thrive, in their role as a catcher.

      This video offers many drills and coaching points that can help catchers of all levels, but are offered in a way that's easily comprehended by beginning-level players. This is your chance to learn from a master instructor and help your athletes absorb the fundamentals of catching.

      60 minutes. 2018.




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    with Lin Casciato,
    Softball Coach and Clinician (since 1989) at all levels of softball - club, high school and college;
    coach for NW Fastpitch (2018 ASA Oregon State Championship);
    several Casciato-coached athletes have gone on to play for college programs at all levels

    Essential Skills

    This video features Coach Casciato as he shows you how to break down the various components of becoming a softball catcher.

    You'll get tips and drills on:

    • Receiving - How to have soft hands and catch the ball in a way to help get a strike call.
    • Blocking - How to keep more balls pitched in the dirt from getting past you to control the opponent's running game.
    • Throwing - How to throw to each base quickly enough to keep opponents from stealing.
    • You'll see what proper body position and technique can do to improve actions behind the plate and increase the confidence of other players in the field. With more than two dozen drills, this video is filled with ways to hone the skills of any beginning catcher.

      Becoming a Catcher

      It can be intimidating for young girls to put on the catcher's gear and climb behind the plate to face pitches in fast-pitch softball. Casciato does an excellent job of helping young players understand how to be safe, productive, and even thrive, in their role as a catcher.

      This video offers many drills and coaching points that can help catchers of all levels, but are offered in a way that's easily comprehended by beginning-level players. This is your chance to learn from a master instructor and help your athletes absorb the fundamentals of catching.

      60 minutes. 2018.


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    with Lin Casciato,
    Softball Coach and Clinician (since 1989) at all levels of softball - club, high school and college;
    coach for NW Fastpitch (2018 ASA Oregon State Championship);
    several Casciato-coached athletes have gone on to play for college programs at all levels

    Pitching is the name of the game, yet many youth coaches have limited experience with such a critical skill. In this video featuring long-time coach Lin Casciato, you'll learn the basic pitching movements, along with appropriate progressions, to feel confident in your ability to develop a strong foundation for your pitchers.

    Progressions and Drills

    Coach Casciato incorporates a teaching progression that helps beginning pitchers understand the necessity of repeatable actions in the pitching motion. Additionally, he offers an extensive list of drills that players can pick and choose from to get the repetitions they need during practice.

    This video incorporates isolation drills and a progression that builds a synchronous approach for the upper and lower body. You'll get techniques for isolating the mechanics of the pitching motion, allowing players of all ages to "feel" when they are using the correct method and better focus on the individual elements of the pitching process.

    Build Confidence and Understanding

    Fast-pitch mechanics can be difficult to master for an inexperienced player. Casciato provides exercises that will take pitchers to a place of confidence and comfort within the pitching circle. He offers direct instruction and provides explanations that will help you and your players understand proper mechanics.

    Coach Casciato does a great job of simplifying the pitching motion so that you can understand it and have your pitcher work through progressions to get the ball on line. Additionally, this video suggests a variety of drills that players can do at home in a small space to reinforce the motion, which can help them learn the motion without the stress of throwing a strike.

    Develop better pitchers today!

    80 minutes. 2018.


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    with Bob Ligouri,
    Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Head Coach;
    Iowa Girls Coaching Association (IGCA) Hall of Fame;
    6x NJCAA World Series appearances;
    over 900 career wins;
    has coached 15 All-Americans; 2x State Champion High School coach and 2x State Champion Runner-up

    Left handed hitters are an asset to any softball offense. These unique batters can confuse the opposition by deploying different tools within their arsenal to disarm any defense.

    In this video, the IGCA Hall of Fame head coach Bob Ligouri (DMACC) takes you through the basics of the four tools that lefty hitters can use, as well as how to develop each of them using tee, tracking, and timing drills.

    Basics and Progression

    Learn the steps for success and the progression needed build an effective slap. Coach Ligouri explains the mechanics a slapper must master, starting from the ground up. Next, and most importantly, he shows a progression to teach a slapper those critical fundamentals. Ligouri also explains how you can help your slappers overcome the typical fear of being hit by the ball.

    Four Tools

    The most effective lefties can beat a defense in multiple ways - which makes them impossible to completely defend. If the defense is playing back, your lefty will have the tools to bunt or soft slap. The defense in their face can be beat as well - just hard slap or hit away.

    No matter where the defense is playing, Coach Ligouri will show you a tool that will allow lefties to beat them.

    Tee, Tracking, and Timing Drills

    Ligouri gives you 10 drills you can implement right away to develop players on the left side.

    In the Follow The Leader drill, two slappers compete for mastery of each of the four tools. The drill works much like HORSE in basketball, where one batter calls out a skill and must execute. The next batter must execute the called-for skill or else they receive a penalty. This drill gets your slappers working together and competing at the same time!

    Player and Coach Perspectives

    Finally, you'll hear what the most difficult things are about slapping from a player's perspective. Understand why some of Coach Ligouri's players started slapping, and hear the advice they'd give to younger players who might be thinking about becoming slappers. Additionally, Ligouri invites one of his assistants to explain the importance of tee work, and how slappers need to become run producers.

    Coach Ligouri offers sage advice and methods to develop four tool lefty batters. He explains the basics and progression to develop all four tools, and offers 10 drills to help players master the fundamentals of slapping and hitting from the left side. This video shows you how to develop four tool lefties who distort, disrupt, and exploit opposing defenses!

    69 minutes. 2018.


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    Featuring:

    Mike Candrea - University of Arizona Head Coach
    Patty Gasso - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
    Lonni Alameda - Florida State University Head Coach
    Kelly Inouye-Perez - UCLA Head Coach
    Peter Turner - San Jose State University Head Coach
    Beth Torina - LSU Head Coach
    Margie Knight - Salisbury University Head Coach
    Ehren Earleywine - former University of Missouri Head Coach
    Randy Ward - Loyola Marymount University Assistant Coach
    Jenny Cladding - French Softball Team Manager; former Florida Assistant Coach
    Eugene Lenti - DePaul University Head Coach
    George Wares - Central College Head Coach
    Christina Sutcliffe - Northern Illinois University Head Coach
    Craig Nicholson - former Arizona State University Head Coach
    Megan Smith - University of Kansas Head Coach
    Mike Stith - Team Mizuno Director of Player Development
    Kyla Holas - University of Houston Head Coach
    Linda Wells - former Arizona State University Head Softball Coach
    Sandy Montgomery - SIU-Edwardsville Head Coach
    Shonda Stanton - Indiana University Head Coach
    Ricci Woodard - Texas State Head Coach

    This video provides a resource for drills to improve all areas of infield play. You will be exposed to philosophies on maximizing player touches and how to safely warm-up arms for quality play.

    21 of the most respected coaches in softball explain and demonstrate 45 different infield drills. You'll see drills for throwing, pre-pitch movement, proper fielding position, fielding various types of hits, completing double plays and covering bases.

    Throwing

    Infielders must be able to transfer and throw the ball quickly to get out the fastest runners. The average runner in college softball will run home to first in about three seconds, but slappers can get there as fast as 2.6 seconds. This video shows how to throw from different arm angles and throw on the run to get the ball to first base quickly.

    Fielding

    Players with good fundamentals make fewer mistakes. Perfect your players' fielding positions on ground balls to ensure they can make plays with the pressure on! In one particularly fun drill, the Fielding Footwork drill (`Stopping rolling balls with footwork'), 4x WCWS National Championhip coach Patty Gasso has her fielders use their footwork to stop balls!

    Double Plays and Covering Bases

    A defense can bail a pitcher out of a jam by getting two outs on one batted ball. You'll learn how to turn a double-play from any position on the field. Also, see how to teach your players the proper positioning for force outs and tags, pick-offs, and steals.

    If you're looking for a one-stop solution to infield mechanics and drills, look no further!

    150 minutes. 2018.


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    Featuring:

    Tim Walton - University of Florida Head Coach
    Patty Gasso - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
    Eugene Lenti - DePaul University Head Coach
    Mike Candrea - University of Arizona Head Coach
    Caitlin Lowe - University of Arizona Assistant Coach
    Alicia O'Brien - Central College Associate Head Coach
    Margie Knight - Salisbury University Head Coach
    Mike Stith - Team Mizuno Director of Player Development
    Sandy Montgomery - SIU-Edwardsville Head Coach
    Christina Sutcliffe - Northern Illinois University Head Coach
    Peter Turner - San Jose State University Head Coach
    Beth Torina - LSU Head Coach
    Kelly Inouye-Perez - UCLA Head Coach
    John Tschida - University of St. Thomas Head Coach
    Katie Schroeder - former Arizona State University Assistant Coach
    Kyla Holas - University of Houston Head Coach

    16 of the top coaches in softball explain and demonstrate 35 outfield drills in this comprehensive video. You'll learn the skills and drills to build fundamentally sound outfielders so your team can make more outs and prevent extra-base hits. Throwing, drop steps, fielding fly balls and ground balls, fly ball communication, robbing balls at the fence, and diving catches are all covered!

    Throwing

    Outfielders must be able to throw the ball strongly and accurately to prevent opposing runners from taking extra bases or scoring runs. You'll learn how to get behind the ball and crow-hop into the throw or throw on the run to make a shorter, quicker throw.

    Fielding Fly Balls and Ground Balls

    Using a drop step to get a great angle on a ball hit over the head can be the difference between making a web gem catch or having the ball fall for a hit. You'll see skills and drills for catching balls hit deep, as well as how to run in to grab a shallow blooper. Outfielders who can move both forward and backward quickly to catch balls will be able to cover a lot of ground.

    Diving and Fielding Balls at the Fence

    Completing a diving catch is one of the most exciting plays an outfielder can make. You'll learn techniques and drills that remove the fear of diving and help your outfielders extend their range.

    This video gives you outfield skills and drills from the best softball coaches in the country. A valuable addition to any softball coaching library!

    135 minutes. 2018.


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    Featuring:

    Boo Gillette - Purdue University Head Coach
    Christina Sutcliffe - Northern Illinois University Head Coach
    Diana Pepin - Eastern Connecticut State University Head Coach
    John Tschida - University of St. Thomas Head Coach
    Kelly Inouye-Perez - UCLA Head Coach
    Linda Wells - former Arizona State University Head Softball Coach
    Lindsay Leftwich - LSU Assistant Coach
    Margie Knight - Salisbury University Head Coach
    Mike Stith - Team Mizuno Director of Player Development
    Shonda Stanton - Indiana University Head Coach
    Stacey Iveson - University of Arizona Assistant Coach

    The catching position is often overlooked in its importance for the development of a championship level softball program. Too many times the development of the position is sacrificed for someone who can just manage to not drop everything from the pitcher as they develop.

    This video includes catching drills and techniques taught by 11 of the most accomplished coaches in softball! Included are catcher-specific warm-ups, throwing drills, framing and receiving techniques, blocking drills, bunting drills, passed ball drills, pop-up fielding work, and how to deal with plays at the plate.

    Warm-Ups and Throwing

    The opening section gives you drills to get your catcher warmed up properly so they can avoid injury and increase quickness.

    The best catchers are able to control an opponent's running game. You'll get drills that will help your catcher throw out more would-be base stealers with a faster release and stronger throw.

    Receiving

    Receiving the pitch is arguably the most important thing a catcher does, as during the course of a game or season, they will execute this skill the most. Help your catcher become a pitcher's best friend by getting more borderline pitches called strikes by framing the ball correctly.

    Blocking

    Nothing gets by the best catchers. Learn how to smother a ball in the dirt and block it in front to prevent runners from advancing.

    You'll see how to make your drills more exciting by incorporating competition! In the Goalie Drill, cones are set up to make a goal and the catcher must block balls between the cones to defend the cones.

    Bunts, Passed Balls, and Pop Ups

    In addition to receiving, blocking, and throwing, catchers must be able to retrieve passed balls/wild pitches, field bunts, catch pop ups, and hold their ground on a play at the plate. It's important to make sure your catchers have training in all areas of responsibility, so they can execute best when the game is on the line.

    This video provides a comprehensive toolkit for developing a fastpitch catcher with instruction from some of the best coaches in the game. Turn your catcher into a defensive superstar today!

    79 minutes. 2018.


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    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Softball is often referred to as a game of adjustments, as making immediate in-game adjustments is necessary to beat the best of the best. One of the keys to success for elite coaches is that they are able to teach their pitchers how to troubleshoot and make adjustments on their own. This difficult task is explained beautifully in this video by Florida State's Lonni Alameda, who dives into how she teaches her pitchers to troubleshoot and make adjustments with pitches, spin, and mechanics.

    Troubleshooting Pitches

    Pitchers often struggle to throw consecutive pitches that move in opposite directions (curve-screw; rise-drop), but mastering this skill is critical to achieving success on the mound. You'll see how to teach your pitchers to "move on" after throwing one pitch in order to progress to the next pitch. Additionally, you will learn the drills Alameda uses with her pitchers to help them transition from one pitch to another, executing each pitch with excellence. Every pitch matters!

    Troubleshooting Spin

    A common pitching issue is that on any given day, a pitcher will have one or more pitches that don't work as well as they normally do. The question then becomes: what do you do as a coach when your pitcher's best pitch doesn't work on the day of an important game?

    Alameda shows you how to help your pitchers troubleshoot and self-correct when the spin of their pitches isn't what it should be. In one fun `Riseball Feel Drill', Coach Alameda has her pitchers throw rise ball spins with a football to help them feel the correct release and spin they should be utilizing. Teaching your pitchers to feel the correct spin will help them recognize when their spin is off.

    Troubleshooting Mechanical Issues

    How do you fix a pitcher with an arm circle issue, or body position issue? Getting your pitchers to feel any mechanical issues or inefficiencies, and self-correct, allows them to to make adjustments on the fly. Coach Alameda takes you through drills for several common mechanical issues, including:

    • Troubleshooting the arm circle
    • Troubleshooting arm circle timing
    • Troubleshooting arm speed
    • Troubleshooting body positioning
    • Troubleshooting snap timing
    • Troubleshooting leg drive

    This video from Lonni Alameda offers valuable advice, as well as over 20 drills in total, to help your pitchers learn to troubleshoot their own pitches and mechanics. One of the signs of a great coach is the ability to teach your players how to fix issues on their own, because when the game is on the line, they will be alone in the circle. Allow Coach Alameda to show you how to teach your pitchers the skills they need to become self-sufficient on the mound!

    89 minutes. 2019.


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    SD-05484A:

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Need to learn or brush up on the basics of the windmill pitch? This video from 2018 National Championship WCWS-winning head coach Lonni Alameda breaks down the fundamentals of the pitching motion in order to help your pitchers establish a solid foundation on the mound. You will learn the philosophy behind every component of the pitch as well as some advanced strategies to ensure you're always a step ahead of opposing hitters.

    Windmill Philosophy

    Coach Alameda explains her philosophy of the mechanics of the windmill pitch. She teaches the fundamentals of the pitch from the ground up, broken down into three segments:

    • Upper Half
    • Lower Half
    • Arm Circle

    You will learn how to fix inconsistencies with your pitchers by focusing on timing and efficiency.

    Windmill Series Drills

    Next, watch as Alameda works one-on-one with pitchers using the drills and the daily warm-up routine her players use at Florida State. More importantly, you'll hear how Coach Alameda instructs through "conversation." She emphasizes the importance of getting players talking to prove that they understand what they're doing and how they are addressing mechanical issues.

    In total you will get nine pitching mechanics drills that reinforce the essential fundamentals of the windmill pitch. Key drills include:

    • T Drill
    • Full Circle
    • Full Circle - Rock Back
    • Full Circle - Drag
    • Rock Back Drill
    • Walk-throughs
    • Two Feet
    • Inside/Outside Fastballs
    • PIG

    Pitching Philosophy

    An added bonus to this video is the instruction that Coach Alameda offers on how to develop good pitcher & catcher relationships in the bullpen. She explains the the nuance of this relationship and how to build it based on mutual trust and respect.

    Finally, you'll hear Alameda's philosophy in different areas of pitching, including:

    • Strategy
    • Scouting
    • Analytics
    • Situations
    • Pitching staff
    • The Mental Game
    • Preparation

    Coach Alameda shows you how the pitching motion can be broken down and offers drills that work on the mechanics of the windmill. She displays how to work from the fingertips to the arm circle and then to the lower half. You'll learn everything you need to know about timing and efficiency and see drills that reinforce solid fundamentals so you can produce complete pitchers in your own program!

    64 minutes. 2019.



    SD-05484B:

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Want to learn which tools are essential for your pitching arsenal? This video, featuring 2018 National Championship WCWS coach Lonni Alameda, will make sure you're well-equipped with the information needed to develop your pitchers. Coach Alameda provides tips that she learned as a high level pitcher and that she now shares as a head coach and pitching coach at FSU. This video includes extensive bullpen time as Alameda gives you the essential elements for pitchers to fine-tune their pitch lineup.

    Alameda opens with some comments about the imperative aspects of a pitcher's arsenal. She explains that it's more than just the pitches you throw - it's also important to be able to hit different spots, change speeds, understand how location impacts the reaction time of a hitter, and how mindset is a critical piece of any great pitcher's arsenal.

    Pitch Spin

    Learn the importance of pitch spin as Coach Alameda breaks down wrist snaps, curve ball spins, rise ball spins, and change-up spins. She includes the Sandbag Drill, which helps pitchers work on the consistency of the break of a change-up, giving immediate feedback of when the ball drops.

    Alameda constantly reinforces the idea that the spin, movement and effectiveness of a pitch hinges on providing the pitcher with all of the necessary feedback, so that they can make in-bullpen or in-game adjustments.

    Pitch Arsenal in Bullpen

    Next, you'll learn why pitchers must work on expanding their zone in the bullpen. Alameda discusses the importance of attacking hitters and talks about why pitchers need to be able to work on their own in the bullpen. She also explains how the catcher is key in pitching development.

    This section includes "side-by-side" bullpen work, which is an essential component of Coach Alameda's developmental style. She believes that the competitiveness that exists in this format helps to improve the competitive mindset that pitchers need for games.

    Pitching Philosophy

    Alameda discusses the culture between pitchers and catchers and the importance of having a growth mindset. You will learn what it means to have a one-pitch mentality and how to prepare for pitchers in practices. In this segment, she covers the following topics:

    • Scouting
    • Pitch strategy
    • Pitcher trouble
    • Mound visits
    • Pitcher changes
    • Defensive strategies
    • The mental game
    • Game day approach

    From proper mindset, to reliable mechanics, to a proven plan of mixing pitches and transitioning to different locations or different speeds, this video details all of the required components of a pitcher's arsenal. Coach Alameda is a pro and digging into her techniques and teaching style for developing a complete pitcher is a real treat for anyone who values dominance on the mound!

    81 minutes. 2019.



    SD-05484C:

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Every softball coach is always looking for ways to improve their pitching staff. While Florida State's Lonni Alameda describes herself as a coach that doesn't focus a lot on drills, this video walks you through a few of her staff's drill series that promote building complete pitchers. More than just drills, this video includes a complete routine for a few simple isolations, rounded out with a comprehensive effort toward sound pitching mechanics.

    Drills and Expectations

    You'll begin with Coach Alameda's explanation for the various components of the drill series and a detailed discussion of how to manage the bullpen during these drills. She does an excellent job of laying out exactly what to expect from the drills and what each pitcher's goal should be during every exercise.

    Next, Alameda progresses into a detailed one-on-one session with one of her young pitchers. You'll be able to watch as they work together to break down individual pitching elements. Coach Alameda's style of teaching through conversation is on full display during this segment.

    Developing "Feel" and Competition

    Many of the keys and cues that Alameda focuses on while teaching her pitchers are included, and she also shares how she helps pitchers "feel" the specifics of the pitching motion. Coach Alameda emphasizes the importance of a pitcher's ability to feel and adjust for solid mechanics to develop better speed and spin.

    Competition and accountability are key aspects of this video. At one point, Alameda has two of her pitchers face-off to battle it out on the path to improvement.

    This video is an awesome look into the bullpen of a national powerhouse program. Coach Alameda is at her best when working with pitchers. Watch and learn as she guides your through the daily bullpen routine that she used en route to the 2018 NCAA WCWS National Championship.

    55 minutes. 2019.



    SD-05484D:

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Velocity is a big emphasis for every pitcher - everybody wants to throw it 70 miles per hour! This video featuring Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda does a great job of helping you learn how to spin pitches and improve your velocity. However, the techniques shown by Coach Alameda also work to make your pitching as effective as possible even if you're not close to touching 70 on the radar gun. It's all about locating pitches, changing speeds and moving the ball with the speed that you bring to the table - and you'll learn how to do all of that effectively in this video!

    Mindset: Varying Speed and Spin

    Coach Alameda begins by teaching the mindset pitchers need to possess when it comes to speed, which doesn't always include needing to throw as fast as possible. She describes how pitchers need to be able to vary their speed to keep hitters off balance. By using five of Alameda's drills, your pitchers will be trained to vary speeds and hit their spots while on the mound. She has goals for each of her athletes and a solid understanding of each of her pitchers and teaches how to develop those goals throughout the season.

    Drills and Development

    The video continues with Alameda teaching how to beat the batter by using your pitches and abilities against the hitter. She shows several drills and competitive games that will help pitchers learn to be accountable for their own results. One of the best ways to build speed is to use Alameda's long toss series that features multiple variations. In all, you'll get eight different drills to help build more spin and help your athletes work on hitting spots.

    Next, you'll get a detailed explanation for how to recognize pitching styles for different pitchers. Coach Alameda is committed to a process of growth and development through honest conversations of accountability. She tries to make sure that the bullpen holds the pitcher accountable and speaks in the same way that the results of a game will in real time.

    Better pitching comes from how well you spin it and what you can do with your speeds. Transitioning from hard to soft and soft to hard is essential. This video is 100% committed to this mindset. Allow Coach Alameda to give your speed and spin abilities a boost!

    49 minutes. 2019.



    SD-05484E:

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Softball is often referred to as a game of adjustments, as making immediate in-game adjustments is necessary to beat the best of the best. One of the keys to success for elite coaches is that they are able to teach their pitchers how to troubleshoot and make adjustments on their own. This difficult task is explained beautifully in this video by Florida State's Lonni Alameda, who dives into how she teaches her pitchers to troubleshoot and make adjustments with pitches, spin, and mechanics.

    Troubleshooting Pitches

    Pitchers often struggle to throw consecutive pitches that move in opposite directions (curve-screw; rise-drop), but mastering this skill is critical to achieving success on the mound. You'll see how to teach your pitchers to "move on" after throwing one pitch in order to progress to the next pitch. Additionally, you will learn the drills Alameda uses with her pitchers to help them transition from one pitch to another, executing each pitch with excellence. Every pitch matters!

    Troubleshooting Spin

    A common pitching issue is that on any given day, a pitcher will have one or more pitches that don't work as well as they normally do. The question then becomes: what do you do as a coach when your pitcher's best pitch doesn't work on the day of an important game?

    Alameda shows you how to help your pitchers troubleshoot and self-correct when the spin of their pitches isn't what it should be. In one fun `Riseball Feel Drill', Coach Alameda has her pitchers throw rise ball spins with a football to help them feel the correct release and spin they should be utilizing. Teaching your pitchers to feel the correct spin will help them recognize when their spin is off.

    Troubleshooting Mechanical Issues

    How do you fix a pitcher with an arm circle issue, or body position issue? Getting your pitchers to feel any mechanical issues or inefficiencies, and self-correct, allows them to to make adjustments on the fly. Coach Alameda takes you through drills for several common mechanical issues, including:

    • Troubleshooting the arm circle
    • Troubleshooting arm circle timing
    • Troubleshooting arm speed
    • Troubleshooting body positioning
    • Troubleshooting snap timing
    • Troubleshooting leg drive

    This video from Lonni Alameda offers valuable advice, as well as over 20 drills in total, to help your pitchers learn to troubleshoot their own pitches and mechanics. One of the signs of a great coach is the ability to teach your players how to fix issues on their own, because when the game is on the line, they will be alone in the circle. Allow Coach Alameda to show you how to teach your pitchers the skills they need to become self-sufficient on the mound!

    89 minutes. 2019.




    0 0

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Want to learn which tools are essential for your pitching arsenal? This video, featuring 2018 National Championship WCWS coach Lonni Alameda, will make sure you're well-equipped with the information needed to develop your pitchers. Coach Alameda provides tips that she learned as a high level pitcher and that she now shares as a head coach and pitching coach at FSU. This video includes extensive bullpen time as Alameda gives you the essential elements for pitchers to fine-tune their pitch lineup.

    Alameda opens with some comments about the imperative aspects of a pitcher's arsenal. She explains that it's more than just the pitches you throw - it's also important to be able to hit different spots, change speeds, understand how location impacts the reaction time of a hitter, and how mindset is a critical piece of any great pitcher's arsenal.

    Pitch Spin

    Learn the importance of pitch spin as Coach Alameda breaks down wrist snaps, curve ball spins, rise ball spins, and change-up spins. She includes the Sandbag Drill, which helps pitchers work on the consistency of the break of a change-up, giving immediate feedback of when the ball drops.

    Alameda constantly reinforces the idea that the spin, movement and effectiveness of a pitch hinges on providing the pitcher with all of the necessary feedback, so that they can make in-bullpen or in-game adjustments.

    Pitch Arsenal in Bullpen

    Next, you'll learn why pitchers must work on expanding their zone in the bullpen. Alameda discusses the importance of attacking hitters and talks about why pitchers need to be able to work on their own in the bullpen. She also explains how the catcher is key in pitching development.

    This section includes "side-by-side" bullpen work, which is an essential component of Coach Alameda's developmental style. She believes that the competitiveness that exists in this format helps to improve the competitive mindset that pitchers need for games.

    Pitching Philosophy

    Alameda discusses the culture between pitchers and catchers and the importance of having a growth mindset. You will learn what it means to have a one-pitch mentality and how to prepare for pitchers in practices. In this segment, she covers the following topics:

    • Scouting
    • Pitch strategy
    • Pitcher trouble
    • Mound visits
    • Pitcher changes
    • Defensive strategies
    • The mental game
    • Game day approach

    From proper mindset, to reliable mechanics, to a proven plan of mixing pitches and transitioning to different locations or different speeds, this video details all of the required components of a pitcher's arsenal. Coach Alameda is a pro and digging into her techniques and teaching style for developing a complete pitcher is a real treat for anyone who values dominance on the mound!

    81 minutes. 2019.


    0 0

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Velocity is a big emphasis for every pitcher - everybody wants to throw it 70 miles per hour! This video featuring Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda does a great job of helping you learn how to spin pitches and improve your velocity. However, the techniques shown by Coach Alameda also work to make your pitching as effective as possible even if you're not close to touching 70 on the radar gun. It's all about locating pitches, changing speeds and moving the ball with the speed that you bring to the table - and you'll learn how to do all of that effectively in this video!

    Mindset: Varying Speed and Spin

    Coach Alameda begins by teaching the mindset pitchers need to possess when it comes to speed, which doesn't always include needing to throw as fast as possible. She describes how pitchers need to be able to vary their speed to keep hitters off balance. By using five of Alameda's drills, your pitchers will be trained to vary speeds and hit their spots while on the mound. She has goals for each of her athletes and a solid understanding of each of her pitchers and teaches how to develop those goals throughout the season.

    Drills and Development

    The video continues with Alameda teaching how to beat the batter by using your pitches and abilities against the hitter. She shows several drills and competitive games that will help pitchers learn to be accountable for their own results. One of the best ways to build speed is to use Alameda's long toss series that features multiple variations. In all, you'll get eight different drills to help build more spin and help your athletes work on hitting spots.

    Next, you'll get a detailed explanation for how to recognize pitching styles for different pitchers. Coach Alameda is committed to a process of growth and development through honest conversations of accountability. She tries to make sure that the bullpen holds the pitcher accountable and speaks in the same way that the results of a game will in real time.

    Better pitching comes from how well you spin it and what you can do with your speeds. Transitioning from hard to soft and soft to hard is essential. This video is 100% committed to this mindset. Allow Coach Alameda to give your speed and spin abilities a boost!

    49 minutes. 2019.


    0 0

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Need to learn or brush up on the basics of the windmill pitch? This video from 2018 National Championship WCWS-winning head coach Lonni Alameda breaks down the fundamentals of the pitching motion in order to help your pitchers establish a solid foundation on the mound. You will learn the philosophy behind every component of the pitch as well as some advanced strategies to ensure you're always a step ahead of opposing hitters.

    Windmill Philosophy

    Coach Alameda explains her philosophy of the mechanics of the windmill pitch. She teaches the fundamentals of the pitch from the ground up, broken down into three segments:

    • Upper Half
    • Lower Half
    • Arm Circle

    You will learn how to fix inconsistencies with your pitchers by focusing on timing and efficiency.

    Windmill Series Drills

    Next, watch as Alameda works one-on-one with pitchers using the drills and the daily warm-up routine her players use at Florida State. More importantly, you'll hear how Coach Alameda instructs through "conversation." She emphasizes the importance of getting players talking to prove that they understand what they're doing and how they are addressing mechanical issues.

    In total you will get nine pitching mechanics drills that reinforce the essential fundamentals of the windmill pitch. Key drills include:

    • T Drill
    • Full Circle
    • Full Circle - Rock Back
    • Full Circle - Drag
    • Rock Back Drill
    • Walk-throughs
    • Two Feet
    • Inside/Outside Fastballs
    • PIG

    Pitching Philosophy

    An added bonus to this video is the instruction that Coach Alameda offers on how to develop good pitcher & catcher relationships in the bullpen. She explains the the nuance of this relationship and how to build it based on mutual trust and respect.

    Finally, you'll hear Alameda's philosophy in different areas of pitching, including:

    • Strategy
    • Scouting
    • Analytics
    • Situations
    • Pitching staff
    • The Mental Game
    • Preparation

    Coach Alameda shows you how the pitching motion can be broken down and offers drills that work on the mechanics of the windmill. She displays how to work from the fingertips to the arm circle and then to the lower half. You'll learn everything you need to know about timing and efficiency and see drills that reinforce solid fundamentals so you can produce complete pitchers in your own program!

    64 minutes. 2019.


    0 0

    with Lonni Alameda,
    Florida State University Head Coach;
    2018 NCAA National Champions;2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coach of the Year (2013-15);Back-to-Back ACC Champions (2014-15),
    2014 Women's College World Series; three straight NCAA Super Regional appearances (2013-15)

    Every softball coach is always looking for ways to improve their pitching staff. While Florida State's Lonni Alameda describes herself as a coach that doesn't focus a lot on drills, this video walks you through a few of her staff's drill series that promote building complete pitchers. More than just drills, this video includes a complete routine for a few simple isolations, rounded out with a comprehensive effort toward sound pitching mechanics.

    Drills and Expectations

    You'll begin with Coach Alameda's explanation for the various components of the drill series and a detailed discussion of how to manage the bullpen during these drills. She does an excellent job of laying out exactly what to expect from the drills and what each pitcher's goal should be during every exercise.

    Next, Alameda progresses into a detailed one-on-one session with one of her young pitchers. You'll be able to watch as they work together to break down individual pitching elements. Coach Alameda's style of teaching through conversation is on full display during this segment.

    Developing "Feel" and Competition

    Many of the keys and cues that Alameda focuses on while teaching her pitchers are included, and she also shares how she helps pitchers "feel" the specifics of the pitching motion. Coach Alameda emphasizes the importance of a pitcher's ability to feel and adjust for solid mechanics to develop better speed and spin.

    Competition and accountability are key aspects of this video. At one point, Alameda has two of her pitchers face-off to battle it out on the path to improvement.

    This video is an awesome look into the bullpen of a national powerhouse program. Coach Alameda is at her best when working with pitchers. Watch and learn as she guides your through the daily bullpen routine that she used en route to the 2018 NCAA WCWS National Championship.

    55 minutes. 2019.