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Cover: the best of championship productions: 45 softball drills for infielders
The Best of Championship Productions: 45 Softball Drills for Infielders

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the best of championship productions: 30 softball drills for catchers
The Best of Championship Productions: 30 Softball Drills for Catchers

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the best of championship productions: 35 softball drills for outfielders
The Best of Championship Productions: 35 Softball Drills for Outfielders

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: developing the four tool lefty hitter
Developing the Four Tool Lefty Hitter

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: foundational pitching: setting up beginning pitchers for future success
Foundational Pitching: Setting Up Beginning Pitchers for Future Success

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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