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Cover: blueprint for a championship softball program
Blueprint for a Championship Softball Program

with Patrick Murphy,
University of Alabama Head Coach;
2012 Women's College World Series Champions;
5x SEC Coach of the Year ('06, '10, '12, '14, '19);
6x SEC regular season champs ('06, '10, '11, '12, '14, '19);
4x SEC Tournament champs ('03, '05, '10, '12);
NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year (2012);
11x NFCA South Regional Coaching Staff of the Year;
over 1,100 career wins

Winning a championship doesn't just come down to physical skills. This video featuring Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy can help you develop the mental edge to instill a powerful offensive approach in the game of softball or baseball and give your team the best chance to win. You'll learn drills, philosophy, and tactics to get the most out of your players.

Hitting with Intent

Coach Murphy discusses ways to help hitters have a plan when they step up to the plate. From developing routines, to specific drills that work on different scenarios, this video has it all! Murphy breaks down his philosophy and discusses the following topics:

  • Hitting with a 0-2 count vs a 2-0 count
  • Splitting the plate into five sections and training hitters how to hit each location
  • Developing pitch location recognition

Attitude and Approach

Coach Murphy provides pointers for how to instill competitiveness in the batter's box. He gives tips on what hitters should do and how they should look prior to stepping in the box. Throughout the video, Murphy recommends various books, articles and videos to help reinforce the crucial components to developing the complete player. The knowledge he shares will help you learn strategies to foster a winning attitude and mental approach to the game and to life.

Survive and Advance Drill

This video has over 10 individual and team drills that will help develop your players' mindsets and reinforce your team's philosophy. Get the whole team involved with the Survive and Advance Drill! There are 19 accomplishments the team has to complete. If the tasks aren't completed, the whole team has a consequence. This drill is great for teaching players how to perform under pressure and work together to accomplish something great! Some examples include:

  • In two minutes or less, all infielders have to cleanly field a ground ball and complete a throw to first base and must go two times each
  • All outfielders must complete throws to third base and to home plate

Coach Murphy unlocks the secret to his success by sharing tips and tools to get the most out of your players, especially at the plate. His wealth of knowledge and resources he shares will help coaches of all ages develop mentally tough, smart and aggressive players.

58 minutes. 2020.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: effective use of indoor practice time
Effective Use of Indoor Practice Time

with Bob Ligouri,
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Head Coach;
Iowa Girls Coaching Association (IGCA) Hall of Fame;
7x NJCAA World Series appearances (in 8 years); over 1,000 career wins;
8 Consecutive NJCAA Top Ten Nationally-ranked teams;
finished 100-10 in last two years (2018-2019);
has coached 15 All-Americans;
10 former players currently playing at the NCAA D1 level;
2x State Champions and 2x State Champion Runner-up as a High School coach (Dowling Catholic HS)

Get the most out of limited time with your softball players! IGCA Hall of Fame and DMACC Head Coach Bob Ligouri shows you how to run a full indoor practice, including offense and defense, in just 90 minutes! He covers hitting circuits, defensive breakdowns, and even live situations to challenge your team.

Hitting

Keep all of your players moving and get all of them the repetitions they need to become great hitters with Coach Ligouri's hitting circuit. Learn how to maximize efficiency and get an entire hitting workout completed in just 20 minutes! One particular drill Ligouri shows that is ideal for indoor practice is hitting into a punching bag with a short bat. Players will learn to drive through the ball with power in this drill that takes up very little space.

Defense

Keep the field moving with multiple groups split up by position and a coach assigned to each group. Each group is able to work on the position-specific skills they will need to be successful. There is constant motion as the catchers are able to do throw-downs to the side, while the infield practices a ground ball drill and outfielders work on fly balls.

Situations

Create real confidence in your players by putting them in game-like situations and allowing them to execute under pressure. Coach Ligouri gives four common situations, each with a goal that the players must execute. These controlled scrimmage situations are game-like and allow batters to face live pitching with live baserunners.

In all, Coach Ligouri shows you how to keep your indoor practice efficient by maximizing the time and space you have. He proves it's possible for you to accomplish everything needed to keep your team sharp while keeping practice under two hours!

120 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: bob ligouri's indoor softball drills
Bob Ligouri's Indoor Softball Drills
SD-05583A:

with Bob Ligouri,
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Head Coach;
Iowa Girls Coaching Association (IGCA) Hall of Fame;
7x NJCAA World Series appearances (in 8 years); over 1,000 career wins;
8 Consecutive NJCAA Top Ten Nationally-ranked teams;
finished 100-10 in last two years (2018-2019);
has coached 15 All-Americans;
10 former players currently playing at the NCAA D1 level;
2x State Champions and 2x State Champion Runner-up as a High School coach (Dowling Catholic HS)

and John Wilkinson,
Des Moines Area Community College Hitting Coach;

Having a system for coaching hitters is important as it promotes consistency from year to year; players and coaches know how things are done and what to expect. Coaches Bob Ligouri and John Wilkinson pull back the curtain in this video and show you the DMACC hitting system that has allowed their program to become annual national title contenders.

Coach Ligouri begins by explaining what a typical hitting workout consists of and the expectations he has for each hitter. Next, Coach Wilkinson dives into a few of the critical fundamentals he emphasizes to increase power in the swing.

Tee Drills

Tee drills give the hitter a chance to focus more on mechanics since they don't have to worry about timing a moving pitch. Coach Wilkinson offers eight tee drills to improve mechanics and power. You will learn how to disengage the upper and lower body to hit for more power!

Movement Drills

Timing is one of the most difficult skills a hitter must master. Learn how to time the ball with seven drills that involve hitting a moving pitch. In one particular two plate drill, a batter alternates between two different home plates - one closer and one farther from a pitching machine. This drill forces the hitter to make timing adjustments in order to succeed.

4-Tool Lefty Drills

Take advantage of a hitter's speed from the left side by helping them maximize their potential as a slapper. You'll see how to confuse a defense by mastering hard and soft slaps. Additionally, your team will be able to use Coach Ligouri's tee drills to perfect hitting the ball to all parts of the field, regardless of pitch location.

The DMACC coaches offer 22 drills to develop power, timing, and lefty slapper effectiveness. Make your hitters more of a threat at the plate today!

49 minutes. 2019.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: hitting system for success
Hitting System for Success

with Bob Ligouri,
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Head Coach;
Iowa Girls Coaching Association (IGCA) Hall of Fame;
7x NJCAA World Series appearances (in 8 years); over 1,000 career wins;
finished 100-10 in last two years (2018-2019);
has coached 15 All-Americans;
2x State Champions and 2x State Champion Runner-up as a High School coach (Dowling Catholic HS)

and John Wilkinson,
Des Moines Area Community College Hitting Coach;

Having a system for coaching hitters is important as it promotes consistency from year to year; players and coaches know how things are done and what to expect. Coaches Bob Ligouri and John Wilkinson pull back the curtain in this video and show you the DMACC hitting system that has allowed their program to become annual national title contenders.

Coach Ligouri begins by explaining what a typical hitting workout consists of and the expectations he has for each hitter. Next, Coach Wilkinson dives into a few of the critical fundamentals he emphasizes to increase power in the swing.

Tee Drills

Tee drills give the hitter a chance to focus more on mechanics since they don't have to worry about timing a moving pitch. Coach Wilkinson offers eight tee drills to improve mechanics and power. You will learn how to disengage the upper and lower body to hit for more power!

Movement Drills

Timing is one of the most difficult skills a hitter must master. Learn how to time the ball with seven drills that involve hitting a moving pitch. In one particular two plate drill, a batter alternates between two different home plates - one closer and one farther from a pitching machine. This drill forces the hitter to make timing adjustments in order to succeed.

4-Tool Lefty Drills

Take advantage of a hitter's speed from the left side by helping them maximize their potential as a slapper. You'll see how to confuse a defense by mastering hard and soft slaps. Additionally, your team will be able to use Coach Ligouri's tee drills to perfect hitting the ball to all parts of the field, regardless of pitch location.

The DMACC coaches offer 22 drills to develop power, timing, and lefty slapper effectiveness. Make your hitters more of a threat at the plate today!

49 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: foundations for winning softball: designing up-tempo practices
Foundations for Winning Softball: Designing Up-Tempo Practices

with Randy Schneider,
former Ankeny Centennial (IA) High School Head Coach (coached to best record in school history);
also coached at Iowa State University (Assistant Coach), University of Wisconsin (Associate Head Coach - 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions), Valparaiso University (Head Coach; all-time wins leader, 2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year)

with Tom Drohner,
Stevens Point Area Senior High;
NFCA WI Coach of the Year (2004, 2008, 2009 & 2011); Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association - Hall of Fame (2018); 8x WI State Champions (2001- 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2016); won 19 consecutive Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) Championships, 18 Regional Championships and 14 Sectional Championships; coached 50+ first team All-State players, coached 2 Gatorade Players of the Year; National Fastpitch Coaches Association WI; Owns an overall record of 495-67 (through 2018)

with Todd Merical,
Johnston High School (IA) Head Coach;
3x State Champions, 2x State Championship Runner-ups; Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) Hall of Fame (2017); 800+ wins; 3x State Coach of the Year (IGCA)

If your practices tend to drag and become monotonous, Randy Schneider, Todd Merical, and Tom Drohner have the solution you need! This video will teach you the planning and training concepts that some of the most creative coaches in the game use to put together an up-tempo, engaging practice. Then, you'll see the drills they use to make practice with your infielders and outfielders more engaging.

Practice Planning and Training Concepts

Organization and pre-planning are vital to practice planning success. Coach Schneider offers his practice planning advice and gives you several concepts that you can incorporate to run an up-tempo practice. You'll learn more about:

  • Kinesthetic awareness
  • Differential training
  • Speed-accuracy trade-off
  • Creativity
  • Psycho-neuro muscular theory

Infield Drills

Keep your infielders engaged and your workout moving with Schneider, Merical, and Drohner's infield drills. These drills will help your infielders turn difficult plays into routine fielding opportunities. One particular timing drill will prepare your fielders for a fast team by defending against slappers under the pressure of a stopwatch. Fielders must corral and throw the ball before the time runs out, which will make it more game-like and challenging.

Outfield Drills

Keep everyone in the outfield moving with six fast-paced drills. These drills will help reduce the time your outfielders stand around waiting for their turn. Your athletes will improve their drop steps, tracking, communication, and overall athleticism while avoiding boredom and standing around.

All in all, coaches Schneider, Merical, and Drohner share 13 drills that you can immediately plug into your practices to make them more interactive. If you're looking to take your youth practices to the next level, these three championship youth coaches can show you the way!

76 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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