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Cover: foundations for winning softball: defense
Foundations for Winning Softball: Defense

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)

Train your defenses to make athletic, web-gem plays look routine with instruction from Randy Schneider, Todd Merical, and Tom Drohner. These coaches will show you productive everyday defensive drills, as well as a throwing routine to warm-up and increase your players' athleticism. You will also learn how to improve the hand-eye coordination of your players.

Everyday Drills

Get your athletes the reps they need in a short amount of time with everyday drill work. Once you've identified fundamental skills that need to be practiced every day, you can help your players perfect the necessities for sound defense. By doing a few reps of key drills every day over the course of a week, your players will run through a large amount of reps without having to dedicate a large chunk of their time.

Throwing

Learning how to throw correctly at a young age will set a player up for future success. Not only does Coach Drohner offer a six-step throwing progression warm-up, Coach Schneider also shows a kinesthetic throwing program to improve athleticism and help your players learn to throw from different positions and arm slots.

Defensive Hand-Eye Coordination Drills

Hand-eye coordination is a skill that benefits players on offense and on defense. The drills in this section are fun and challenging, and can include skills like juggling. In one particular drill, players must juggle while moving their feet and counting backward. By adding more demands, coaches can increase the level of difficulty and force the athletes to focus.

In all, coaches Randy Schneider, Todd Merical, and Tom Droner share 30 drills to get your defense warmed up and ready to make acrobatic, web gem plays. If you're looking to improve your defenders' foundations and athleticism, this video will show you how to create fielders that can make any play look routine!

69 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: foundations for winning softball series
Foundations for Winning Softball Series
SD-05498A:

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)

Building a successful softball program can be a daunting and challenging task. From selecting a coaching staff to dealing with parents, you must have a plan for how to handle the myriad of situations you'll face as the leader.

In this insightful video, Randy Schneider, Todd Merical, and Tom Drohner offer practical advice and organizational tips for how to build a championship program.

Building a Successful Program

Figuring out where to start in building a successful softball program is a challenge in and of itself. Schneider, Merical, and Drohner begin by explaining a few of their own keys to building championship programs. You will find out how to hire a great coaching staff, identify the leaders on your team, and build a positive environment for your players.

Coaching Organization

Learn how you can get more accomplished as the leader of a program by being organized and having a plan. A plan will help you find a role for each player in your program and help them contribute by being great at something...even if they aren't the most athletically-gifted.

Coaches' Insight

Haven't you always wanted to sit down with a group of successful coaches and ask them 'how they do it?' In this video, the presenting coaches sit down and chat about their programs and the skills that have made them successful. You'll get to hear their insight on how they deal with parents, establish a growth mindset, and develop team traditions.

This video takes you behind the scenes and into the minds of three very successful coaches. They will teach you the keys to their success, and how you can apply them to your team to begin to develop a championship-level program today!

55 minutes. 2019.



SD-05498B:

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;

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: foundations for winning softball: building & organizing your program
Foundations for Winning Softball: Building & Organizing Your Program

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)

Building a successful softball program can be a daunting and challenging task. From selecting a coaching staff to dealing with parents, you must have a plan for how to handle the myriad of situations you'll face as the leader.

In this insightful video, Randy Schneider, Todd Merical, and Tom Drohner offer practical advice and organizational tips for how to build a championship program.

Building a Successful Program

Figuring out where to start in building a successful softball program is a challenge in and of itself. Schneider, Merical, and Drohner begin by explaining a few of their own keys to building championship programs. You will find out how to hire a great coaching staff, identify the leaders on your team, and build a positive environment for your players.

Coaching Organization

Learn how you can get more accomplished as the leader of a program by being organized and having a plan. A plan will help you find a role for each player in your program and help them contribute by being great at something...even if they aren't the most athletically-gifted.

Coaches' Insight

Haven't you always wanted to sit down with a group of successful coaches and ask them 'how they do it?' In this video, the presenting coaches sit down and chat about their programs and the skills that have made them successful. You'll get to hear their insight on how they deal with parents, establish a growth mindset, and develop team traditions.

This video takes you behind the scenes and into the minds of three very successful coaches. They will teach you the keys to their success, and how you can apply them to your team to begin to develop a championship-level program today!

55 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: off-season pitching workouts
Off-Season Pitching Workouts

with Myndie Berka,
owner/pitching instructor of BreakThrew Fastpitch

Myndie Berka has trained hundreds of successful pitchers. Her pitchers have:

  • earned scholarships at over 60 different colleges and universities
  • competed at the Women's College World Series at the NCAA DI, DII, NAIA and JUCO levels
  • been named collegiate All-Americans
  • been collegiate national strikeout leaders at both the NCAA DI and DII levels

For maximum development, pitchers should have different goals and focuses during the off-season and in-season phases of their training. Most coaching focuses on in-season training, neglecting an important part of a pitcher's development.

In this video, BreakThrew Fastpitch owner and pitching instructor Myndie Berka offers a solution for coaches with five challenging off-season workouts to help improve mechanics and develop the strength and speed to power pitchers through a long season.

Workout No. 1

The first workout from Coach Berka focuses heavily on mechanics. The off-season is the best time to break down a pitcher's mechanics because they don't have to worry about falling back into their bad habits by pitching in a game. You'll see how Berka zeroes in on the snap and spin of the pitch, and how she breaks down the pitching motion to help her athletes spot-check specific aspects of their delivery.

Workout No. 2

Distance pitching, or long toss, is a great way to help pitchers develop their arm strength and that's the focus of Berka's second workout. A pitcher with a stronger arm will throw the ball harder and make it harder for opposing players to make solid contact. Additionally, Coach Berka shows how to incorporate conditioning into your pitching workout to keep your athletes in pristine shape.

Workout No. 3

Pitchers who understand what their bodies are doing in space will be able to feel certain movements and make adjustments on their own. This workout will help your pitchers develop body awareness in addition to a strong core and front side. Coach Berka showcases how to use a bosu ball or similar tools in creative ways to challenge a pitcher's balance and core stability.

Workout No. 4

Berka's fourth workout focuses on harness training to develop strength and quickness. The harness can be used to assist the pitcher in improving speed and agility. Coach Berka also displays how to use the harness to resist the motion, which will increase the pitcher's effort and develop strength.

Workout No. 5

In the final workout, you'll learn how to implement weighted balls, a proven way to increase speed to help your pitcher throw harder. Berka explains how to safely use a heavy ball to develop strength, and a light ball to develop quickness.

This video provides five separate workouts, each with its own focus and objectives. Let Coach Berka show you how get the most out of your pitchers' off-season!

79 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: individual practice drills for infielders & outfielders
Individual Practice Drills for Infielders & Outfielders

with Colleen Powers,
St. Catherine University Head Coach;
2x MIAC Coach of the Year;
2017 NFCA Midwest Regional Coaching Staff of the Year;
2x NCAA Tournament berths;
played for University of Minnesota where she finished her career with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 122 career appearances

Colleen Powers has guided the St. Catherine University softball program to prominence by building top-tier individual defenders. In this video, she provides you with many of the drills and techniques she uses with infielders and outfielders to ensure their skills are up to par to compete at an elite level.

You'll begin with Coach Powers' explanation of her practice philosophy. She details the processes that she uses to make sure every athlete understands what is to be gained in practice, what their individual role is, and how to best evaluate their training time.

Outfield

Next, Powers jumps into her outfield philosophy, which centers around beating the ball to the spot and allowing proper angles and momentum to put players in position to make good throws back to the infield. This explanation is followed by nearly 30 unique drills that will help players develop consistency and accuracy in game situations.

One drill that stands out is the "Up/Down Drill," in which players run and dive multiple times on their way to a ball that they retrieve to throw. This drill does a great job of enhancing athleticism, quickness and good throwing technique.

Infield

The video continues with Coach Powers' infield rules and strategies. She tasks her athletes to play catch with quick hands and quick feet while letting the glove take care of the ball.

The components of Powers' philosophy are on full display during almost two dozen additional infield drills. The "Rise and Shine Bunt Drill" is a great example. Players fan out like the rays of the sun and field consecutive bunts to develop quick hands and feet, while playing catch.

Coach Powers has an infectious motivation about her, and her style of coaching and promoting athleticism is a winning combination. Don't miss the chance to learn tons of drills from an excellent softball coach.

92 minutes. 2019.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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