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Cover: practice plans for developing outfielders
Practice Plans for Developing Outfielders

with Gabe Gross,
Auburn University Assistant Coach;
helped lead Auburn to top 20 finishes in the country in runs, home runs, scoring, hits, walks, and doubles in his first season as assistant coach (2018); three-year starter and 1st Team All-American for Auburn as a player; 1st round draft pick in the 2001 MLB Draft (Toronto Blue Jays); seven-year MLB career

Auburn's Gabe Gross calls outfield play, "The most overlooked aspect of the game." Outfielders need to play mistake-free baseball, as miscues almost always lead to baserunners advancing at least one extra base.

You can gain an advantage on your opponents by helping your outfielders improve their skills in areas that are neglected by your competition. In this video, Coach Gross breaks down outfield play and gives you the tools you need to make sure your outfield is a strength on defense.

Fundamental Drills

A set of four common situations are covered in Coach Gross' "Hip Drills." These drills teach players how to improve their routes to fly balls while working without a glove, which will soften the hands at the same time. Help your outfielders get good jumps on the ball by working their drop steps while teaching them efficient paths and angles to the ball.

Gross also covers how to teach glove side turns, and, ways to use the pitching machine to create different types of fly balls.

Long Toss

A strong and healthy arm is a must in the outfield since powerful and accurate throws can prevent opposing runners from taking an extra base on balls hit to the outfield. Coach Gross provides a blueprint you can use to help your players strengthen their arms and condition for the rigors of a long season. An emphasis is placed on proper technique and "letting the distance stretch the arm" to prevent injury.

Special Situations

Gross covers a number of situations that outfielders need to execute well in order to help your team on defense. Attacking ground balls, playing the wall, making awkward catches when needed, and taking your eyes off the ball when tracking are all covered in expert fashion by the former MLB outfielder.

Coach Gross touches on every key aspect of outfield play in this video. His drill series is sure to help your team gain an advantage on the competition this season.

40 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: quiet head, quiet body: drills to develop superior catchers
Quiet Head, Quiet Body: Drills to Develop Superior Catchers

with Butch Thompson,
Auburn University Head Coach;
coached Casey Mize - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft;
former Mississippi State University Associate Head Coach;
2014 Baseball America/ABCA National Assistant Coach of the Year

Catching is a tough position that requires a diversity of skills. The best catchers in baseball have to do it all - throw out runners attempting to steal, receive the ball to steal strikes from the umpire, and block anything in the dirt. This video from Auburn's Butch Thompson offers drills and instruction for throwing, receiving, and blocking to help you build a complete catcher.

Throwing

Decrease a catcher's pop time by going through a seven-step catcher-specific throwing progression. These drills begin with the transfer and progressively increase in difficulty, gradually building up to the full skill of throwing out opposing baserunners. Help your catchers stop opposing baserunners in their tracks with a quick transfer and explosive throw to second.

Receiving

Become the catcher that all pitchers want to throw to by implementing Coach Thompson's 12 receiving drills. In one challenging `catch and move up' drill, catchers decrease the distance to the pitcher or pitching machine with each ball thrown. This gradually increases the degree of difficulty of receiving by decreasing reaction time. When the game speeds up, this drill will help your catchers remain calm and slow the game down.

Blocking

Smother any pitch in the dirt with Coach Thompson's 11 blocking drills. Give your pitchers confidence to throw their breaking ball or work low in the zone, as they know your catchers will stop any ball they bounce. Learn how to get catchers comfortable blocking balls to their sides, and blocking and recovering quickly to prevent runners from advancing.

Coach Thompson will help you develop your backstops into well-rounded athletes. He provides 30 drills to build elite catchers who can block, receive, and throw out runners with ease!

52 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: competitive team practice drills
Competitive Team Practice Drills

with Butch Thompson,
Auburn University Head Coach;
coached Casey Mize - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft;
former Mississippi State University Associate Head Coach;
2014 Baseball America/ABCA National Assistant Coach of the Year

In a team practice setting, it's often difficult to find baseball drills that involve multiple positions at the same time. Because of this, efficiency becomes an issue and practice can drag.

Butch Thompson, Auburn University head coach, is a master at getting more accomplished in less time. In this video, he introduces efficient warm-ups and team drills that you can adopt to get more done in less time at every practice.

Warm-Ups

A proper warm-up is often neglected, but is an important part of a productive practice. See how Coach Thompson's Auburn team uses a dynamic warm-up to prepare their bodies for a tough workload by increasing body temperature and stretching muscles. You'll learn how to efficiently warm-up to increase flexibility and prevent injury!

Drills on the Clock

Put a stopwatch on your players to increase pressure and add competition to your practices. Coach Thompson offers a couple of throwing drills, as well as a drill to see how fast your outfielders can get the ball into the infield, which all incorporate using a stopwatch to see how quickly they can successfully conquer the drill. Putting pressure on your team and adding a competitive element will help your athletes get ready for the challenges of game day.

Team Drills

Get more out of your team defense with Coach Thompson's team drills. He shows you how to improve your PFP with your pitching staff by having multiple pitchers on the mound at the same time. Additionally, you'll see how to use a similar setup with your catchers to help multiple players simultaneously work on throws to each base.

In total, this video provides 12 team drills that will efficiently train your team to get better at essential skills. Let Coach Thompson show you how to get more accomplished in less time!

45 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: bullpen training for peak pitching performance
Bullpen Training for Peak Pitching Performance

with Steve Smith,
Auburn University Assistant Baseball Coach;
coached Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft;
former Baylor University Head Coach; inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame (2006);
5x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 Midwest Region Coach of the Year;
President of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 2008;
over 740 career wins; USA Baseball National Team Head Coach (2005), USA Baseball Pitching Coach (1998)

Every baseball team uses the bullpen to train pitchers and prepare them for game day. However, are you using the drills and routines that are best for your players?

Auburn's Steve Smith shares insightful drills and tips on how he manages his bullpen sessions in this comprehensive video. You'll learn how to better prepare your pitchers' arms leading up to game day, how to improve command and throw more strikes, and get various drills that ensure your pitchers always strive to get better.

Preparing for Practices and Games

Coach Smith gives you techniques to keep the arm healthy and prepare it before going into the bullpen or on the mound. He helps you understand some of the best approaches for helping pitchers use their full body and reduce stress on the arm. Additionally, you'll see how minor adjustments in distance and height of the mound can help pitchers develop better feel that will allow them to "self-coach" during games.

Command of the Baseball

In order to better control pitches, Smith shows you how to get pitchers to "feel" their release point and become more consistent. You'll get various techniques to help players command all of their pitches while working off of the low, glove-side fastball. Coach Smith details exactly how to help your pitchers develop a strategy for continuous improvement.

Drill Work

20 different drills are featured that address common flaws that can prevent pitchers from performing at their best. You will learn one drill that Coach Smith uses with his own players every practice because it's so effective for helping to finish pitches. You'll also be provided the opportunity to listen as Smith creates dialogue with his pitchers, which creates a real understanding of what they're doing and what is working best.

Quality bullpen work is essential if you hope to trot out a complete pitching staff. This video from Coach Smith includes everything you'd ever need to run effective bullpen sessions!

69 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: developing healthy, strong pitching arms
Developing Healthy, Strong Pitching Arms

with Steve Smith,
Auburn University Assistant Baseball Coach;
coached Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft;
former Baylor University Head Coach; inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame (2006);
5x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 Midwest Region Coach of the Year;
President of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 2008;
over 740 career wins; USA Baseball National Team Head Coach (2005), USA Baseball Pitching Coach (1998)

and

Chris Joyner,
Auburn University Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach;
former MLB Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers ('07-'10) and Toronto Blue Jays ('14-'17)

and

Anthony Sanderson,
Auburn University Senior Athletic Trainer

Pitching is one of the most taxing positions in baseball. The stress placed on the pitching arm from repeatedly throwing as hard as possible, from an elevated mound, can easily lead to injuries.

In this video, veteran coach Steve Smith explains his arm care program, including how to prepare the arm on game day or the day after a game, as well as his favored mobility work and preventative care.

Day After Game Day

A challenge pitching coaches face is what to do the day after a game or heavy bullpen session. The player must continue to be productive, but cannot have a heavy strain on their arm. Coach Smith gives you a variety of low impact drills that will help your pitcher improve while keeping their arm healthy.

Preventative Arm Care

Preventative arm care is an important element to building a durable pitcher. Pitchers can prevent many arm problems by constantly working on their arm strength and mobility. You'll learn strength exercises and stretches that will keep a pitcher's arm strong, yet loose enough to throw a baseball hard with whip. Strengthening drills are offered for the shoulder and forearm, which are common areas of injury for pitchers.

Mobility

Better athletes typically make better pitchers. Teach your pitchers how to move like athletes to help them develop body awareness. Helping pitchers understand how the body moves in space will help them learn how to use their body to produce force.

Two Days Out and Bullpen Day Arm Care

Building up to game day, Coach Smith shows the work his pitchers put in two days before a game. Additionally, you'll see how to teach your pitchers to warm up properly before a bullpen session with band work to prepare and activate the arm.

This video is packed with tons of drills and exercises to keep your pitchers' arms strong and healthy. Let Coach Smith show you how to take your hurlers to the next level with his proven arm care system!

87 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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