Indoor Hitting Drills to Build a Fundamentally Sound Swing
with Jack Dahm,
Mount Mercy University Head Coach;
former University of Iowa Head Coach;
former Creighton University Head Coach;
2x Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (1999, 2002);
back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 & 2000;
over 640 career wins
A challenge many coaches face is spending much of their practice time indoors due to weather, while the game of baseball is played outdoors. In this video, Jack Dahm shows you how to make the most of your indoor batting practice!
Coach Dahm begins with basic hitting fundamentals and progresses into a challenging mixed batting practice with multiple machines that incorporate useful technology.
Daily Tee Progressions & Moving Ball Drills
Create a fundamentally sound swing by perfecting basic mechanics off the tee. With more pitchers throwing 4-seam fastballs up in the zone, it's important to learn how to handle velocity at the top of the zone with high tee drills. Dahm's tee drills will prepare your hitters for everything opposing pitchers can throw at you!
Next, you'll see how to make your drills progressively more difficult by incorporating a moving ball. Coach Dahm shows how you can add variation to your batting practice by throwing pitches from offset angles and using different kinds of bats to keep your hitters on their toes.
Whether a live pitcher or a pitching machine is throwing the baseball, batting practice is a staple of preparing hitters for game day. You'll learn how to use a BP pitcher or multiple pitching machines to help your hitters prepare for different types of pitches. Additionally, you will see how Coach Dahm uses HitTrax technology to help his hitters see where their hits would be going on a simulated field as they hit in the batting cage.
This video from Coach Dahm will show you how to incorporate multiple drills into your indoor batting practice to prepare your team for when it's time to actually get on the field. No matter the weather, Coach Dahm's indoor cage drills will prepare your hitters to crush the ball outside.
67 minutes. 2020.
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Creating and Installing a Data-Driven Hitting Philosophy
with John Mallee,
Los Angeles Angels (MLB) Assistant Hitting Coach;
has spent 22 years as a professional baseball coach (Astros, Brewers, Cubs, Expos, Marlins, Blue Jays, Phillies); was the hitting coach for the 2016 World Series Championship-winning Chicago Cubs
Modern hitting coaches face a unique problem: with advances in technology and access to data, there is so much information available. With the information overload, it's important for every hitting coach to have a philosophy to determine what fits where and how each idea and theory works within the larger picture of developing hitters.
John Mallee explains the framework he uses and what has led him to his beliefs, while giving you the tools you need to develop your own framework and philosophy centered around using data to build better hitters.
The Pitch, Path and Sequence, Launch Angles
Coach Mallee's philosophies are built upon and informed by data from actual baseball games. Hitting starts with seeing the pitch from the pitcher's release. You'll learn to structure your practices in ways that closely replicate the challenges your hitters will face on game day, starting with seeing and tracking the pitch's release.
A major part of any hitting coach's philosophy is their ideas on how the swing itself actually works. Mallee builds his swing ideas on top of rock-solid data. You will learn the proper sequence of the swing and how the human body works to further your understanding of hitting.
Information about the outgoing ball should inform the hitter about their goal and focus for the swing, also called their approach. Hear Coach Mallee's thoughts (and what the numbers say) on a huge topic of debate in baseball: whether the hitter's goal should be to hit the ball on the ground, or in the air. Learn what the data says about launch angles!
Coach Mallee offers a few tweaks on two common drills to make them more game-like. His tweaks on front toss involve the tosser throwing overhand while sitting on a chair to get the downward angle of the toss to simulate the angle of an incoming pitch. Move the tosser closer or further away from the hitter to simulate game-like speed.
Coach Mallee offers all of the information you need to design your own data-driven hitting philosophy. He explains his own philosophy in terms of the numbers and data that has led him to his conclusions. This video will provide you with the ability to find and determine your own path to better batting results!
43 minutes. 2020.
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Using Technology to Coach Hitters In Season & Out of Season
with Jason Ochart,
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) Minor League Hitting Coordinator;
Driveline Baseball Director of Hitting;
former Menlo College (CA) Hitting Coach
Step inside the doors of John Mallee's 'Major League Hitting Coaches Clinic' and listen to Jason Ochart's groundbreaking talk on using data and technology to coach hitters! Coaches everywhere have been flooded with information from new technology and now face a new dilemma: what to do with all the information, and how to use all the data to actually help their hitters improve.
Coach Ochart has emerged as an expert on incorporating technology and utilizing data with hitters and will offer practical solutions you can use to improve your team. He also explains how he coaches his hitters in various parts of the season, and how he creates buy-in among the players he works with.
Using Video & Cutting-Edge Technology
Video has become an effective technological tool for hitters, but only if the coach and player know what to look for and understand how to fix what they see. Ochart explains the keys he looks for in the stance, load/gather, forward move/stride, swing, and finish and also discusses how the hitter must move correctly to have success at the plate.
Technology like the K-Vest can offer coaches a ton of helpful information & data on things no human can see with the naked eye. Ochart explains how he uses the K-Vest to analyze the biomechanics of his hitters, and how their bodies work in sequence. He delves into what good K-Vest analysis looks like, and how to read the complicated graphs and metrics the K-vest technology provides.
Bat sensors (like Blast and Diamond Kinetics) are an additional piece of technology you can use to improve your hitters. Coach Ochart covers which metrics he utilizes and why he finds them to be key performance indicators. If you know what numbers to pay close attention to, and what those numbers mean, bat sensors can give very helpful information. Additionally, Ochart talks about cutting edge vision technology and what teams in the major leagues are learning from it.
Low Budget Solutions
Coach Ochart has solutions for all of your data-related problems, including how to keep your technology use budget-conscious. He talks about a free TRAQ program to help coaches and hitters organize data, and also offers several practical solutions to get many of the benefits of technology without the big price tag!
In Season vs. Out of Season Training + Q&A
The art of coaching is knowing when to do what, and that can vary with each individual hitter. In the off-season, Coach Ochart focuses on developing bat speed and strength, as well as trying new movements in the swing. During the season season, he emphasizes keeping hitters sharp and physically/mentally fresh by utilizing tools like the lightweight bat, plus working on mental skills and approaching different counts with a good mindset.
Finally, Ochart tackles the questions he's commonly asked about coaching hitters. He offers advice for new coaches in addition to many important nuggets of information that experienced coaches will find useful. You'll receive answers regarding mechanical cues, using data/technology, and relating better to your players.
This video featuring Coach Ochart shares insight on the key components of hitting while using data and technology. He also covers how to create 'buy in' among players while answering many of the most-asked questions that coaches come to him with. Take your hitters to the next level with this modern approach to hitting!
122 minutes. 2020.
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Using and Applying Biomechanical Data to Create Individualized Hitting Plans
with Justin Stone,
Chicago Cubs (MLB) Director of Hitting;
Founder of Elite Baseball Training;
spent 2018 as a biokinetic hitting consultant for the Cubs;
as a player, was a two-sport athlete at Eastern Illinois University (baseball and football)
Coaching hitters at every level of baseball has changed with the advancements in technology. Pictures, grainy video, and 'feel' have been replaced by sensors and biomechanics - a field that investigates how the human body moves most efficiently and effectively. In this video, Chicago Cubs director of hitting, Justin Stone, explain how this biomechanical data can help hitting coaches get their players moving correctly, which will in turn help them become better hitters.
Every human body moves a little bit differently, which can be somewhat problematic for a baseball or softball coach that works with many different hitters. Coach Stone details the intricacies of coaching a team sport where every athlete is built and moves differently.
You'll see some of the kinds of technology that are used at the highest levels of baseball in order to build better hitters. A force plate measures the way a hitter interacts with the ground. Coach Stone explains how this information can be used to help identify how the hitter is creating and storing force and power. You'll learn how to help your hitters create power more efficiently. He also explains how hitters can be more adjustable in their swing, allowing them to hit off-speed pitches more effectively.
Next, Coach Stone explains what he looks for in K-Vest readings to learn about the sequence of a hitter's swing. You'll see how to use the K-Vest to identify which problems are movement issues and which are swing flaws. Stone also touches on the importance of deceleration and how improving this skill will help give your hitters more time by making their swings faster to impact.
Stone offers a PVC movement progression series that he has all of his hitters complete before they ever step in the batting cage for any actual hitting work. This progression only requires about 10 minutes and a 5-foot piece of PVC pipe, so it is ideal for any coach to implement with their hitters.
Coach Stone also shows how bat sensors can be helpful tools, yet can flood coaches with information. You will learn which metrics matter to Stone while he utilizes bat sensors, as well as what those numbers mean in relation to the swing. Coach Stone explains that he uses these tools to reveal issues with the bat path.
In one particular drill, the hitter hits whiffle balls off a tee using a PVC pipe the hitter is holding against his body. This forces the hitter to tilt with the torso to hit low pitches, reinforcing the desired movement.
Coaching hitters is becoming more of a science than an art. This video from Coach Stone will explain how he uses various pieces of biomechanical information to coach his hitters, and offers many movement exercises and drills to help hitters get their body into the correct positions to hit.
95 minutes. 2020.
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30+ Batting Cage Drills and Swing Analysis
with Dr. Dirk Baker,
Worcester State University Head Coach;
Most Wins in WSU History (500+ wins);
2017 MASCAC Tournament Champions (4x regular season Champions/Co-Champions + 4x Conference Champions);
6x NCAA Tournament Qualifier
Coaches face many challenges early in the season while preparing their hitters for game time and live pitching. In the early part of the spring, weather is often not ideal for baseball, forcing coaches to get their hitters ready inside in batting cages. In this video, you'll learn the philosophies and drills that Dr. Dirk Baker has used to help Worcester State prepare hitters in the batting cages leading up to the beginning of the season.
Variety of Indoor Drills
Coach Baker breaks the swing down into nine manageable drill parts to simplify the complicated mechanics of hitting. Shape the swing to be fundamentally sound in your cage work to help your hitters keep it simple during the game.
Soft toss drills give the hitter a chance to break the swing down, as well as practice hitting different types of pitches in different locations. Whether isolating the movement of each arm, or taking the legs out of the swing by focusing on the top half, Baker's soft toss drills will help build the swing for success on game day. Additionally, soft toss drills give hitters a chance to simulate high and low pitches, as well as change-ups and off-speed pitches.
Next, Coach Baker shows how you can use front toss drills to practice different types of bunts and hitting for game situations. When the game is on the line and a squeeze bunt is called for, your hitters will be thankful for plenty of prior practice in the batting cage.
Baker's cage drills will get your hitters competing against each other to prepare them to thrive under pressure. In one particular cage drill, Switch Hitting, you will learn how to get your switch hitters tons of reps from both sides of the plate. The batter stands in the middle of the cage, with pitchers on both sides. The batter faces one pitcher, then simply flips directions to the next pitcher to get a rep hitting from the opposite side. This creative drill allows the hitter to switch back and forth between hitting lefty and righty without having to move to the other side of the batter's box.
Shell Live Drills, Vision & Timing, and Practice/Team Philosophy
Prepare your hitters for live pitching by gradually easing them in against a live pitcher in the batting cage. Both the pitcher and the batter benefit, as each can get in work to prepare for the season. Coach Baker also provides unique tracking exercises that will prepare your batters' eyes to hit. These drills help the hitter focus and concentrate, as well as prepare the eyes for game speed.
Although mechanics are a large part of hitting, Coach Baker opens the door to other aspects that contribute to successful hitting, including having an approach and routine. You will learn his keys to hitting, which are the intangible qualities that make a great hitter. Baker also adds several important nuggets about how to keep players motivated and make sure everyone stays safe and organized in the batting cages.
This video is packed with information and over 30 drills to prepare your hitters for live action. Learn the drills that have helped Dr. Baker lead Worcester State to unprecedented success!
146 minutes. 2020.
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