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Leslie Huntington Softball Series
SD-05711A:

with Leslie Huntington,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Head Coach;
2008 NCAA Division III National Champions;
4x WIAC Coach of the Year;
2008 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year;
former Simpson College Head Coach;
1997 and 1999 D-III National Champions at Simpson;
over 400 career wins

and Jeff West,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Assistant Coach;
2018 Ade & Margaret Olson Coaching Award

Advances in technology have helped advance the game of softball, illuminating more efficient and effective ways to swing the bat. In this video, coaches Jeff West and Leslie Huntington will introduce you to the mechanics of a high level hitting pattern and the advantages of converting to this kind of swing. They also provide 12 drills that they use to help develop a high level pattern, which will allow your hitters to swing with better timing and more natural power.

High Level Hitting Pattern

Learn all about the high level hitting pattern and how to teach it. Coaches West and Huntington will show you how to create a swing that is instantaneous so that the pitcher cannot control your hitter's timing. You'll learn how to coil the back hip correctly and create upper body tension to produce an almost effortless, violent swing. Your hitters will be swinging with better timing and more power in no time!

Tools and Drills

Coach West introduces four hitting tools to use during drill work that will help you learn and perfect a high level swing. By using tools that reinforce good mechanics, your players will need less instruction and coaching because the hitting tools will help them feel the correct movements themselves.

Teach your hitters the high level swing pattern using drills to reinforce coaching points. In one of Coach West's drills, the 90 Degree Drill, the hitter stands at the tee facing the pitcher, 90 degrees to the tee and plate. The hitter must over-exaggerate coiling into the back hip, and lean back slightly to start the swing. This drill allows hitters to feel their lower half working correctly.

Coach West and Coach Huntington explain the mechanics and advantages of a high level swing. In addition, they offer 12 drills that will help your hitters learn to swing with better timing and more power. This video will revolutionize the way you teach your players to swing the bat!

76 minutes. 2020.



SD-05711B:

with Leslie Huntington,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Head Coach;
2008 NCAA Division III National Champions;
4x WIAC Coach of the Year;
2008 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year;
former Simpson College Head Coach;
1997 and 1999 D-III National Champions at Simpson;
over 400 career wins

and Robin Baker,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Assistant Coach;
former Wartburg College Head Coach (Softball and Volleyball)

Indoor softball practice presents unique problems in training infielders. While much of the game can be replicated indoors, practicing fielding without a field can leave many coaches and infielders frustrated.

Efficiency, balance, movement with your feet and a consistent glove-to-hand exchange are all key factors in developing fielder skills. In this video, Wisconsin-Eau Claire assistant coach Robin Baker will show you how to get the most of out your indoor fielding practice, and how to use an indoor venue as an advantage!

Fielding Drills

Use indoor practices to your advantage by having your fielders throw balls to themselves off the wall, making practice more efficient. Your fielders will take ownership of their own fielding development, and continue to improve whether or not they have the help of another fielder. Incorporate more people by having your infielders pair up and tackle rolled ball and short hop drills with partners.

Receiving and Transfer Drills

Good infielders know how to catch and get rid of the ball quickly to prevent opposing baserunners from adv

DVD
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Training Efficient Infielders: Mechanics and Drills

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)

Is there snow on your softball field? Is the infield clay frozen? You don't have to let your team's infielder development be slowed down by the cold weather! In this instructional video, DMACC's Bob Ligouri will show you how to develop infielders indoors.

Throwing

Start by learning the throwing mechanics to keep your infielders' arms safe and healthy in a six-drill throwing progression. You'll see how to progressively work the throwing motion backwards from release, starting with wrist snaps. Coach Ligouri's progression shows how to gradually add in work for the whole body and build up to a strong throwing motion.

Fundamentals and Catching

Whether it's a hot shot or a slow roller, your players will learn the body positioning, footwork, and glove work to put them in the best position to be successful. Fundamentally sound infielders will make fewer errors and get more put-outs!

Drills

Put it all together with six drills to test your infielders. You'll see how to implement Ligouri's Shag Drill to have your fielders hit to each other and work on bat control for hitting, in addition to fielding skills. Extend your infielders' range with the Okie Drill, and work on reaction time with 2-Ball Reaction.

This video will give you many infielder drills you can use right away in your indoor practices. Coach Ligouri covers all of the basics of infield development, from throwing and catching, to reaction and range drills. When the weather gets nasty and your team is forced indoors, you don't have to miss a beat!

54 minutes. 2020.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Preseason Fielding Practice

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)

Softball practices look different depending on the time of the year. The preseason is a particularly difficult phase of the season, as the coach must prepare their team for as many of the challenges they expect to face during the season as possible. Combine that with cold temperatures and bad weather in most parts of the country, and you have a big coaching/practice dilemma!

Luckily, DMACC's Bob Ligouri shows how he prepares his team indoors in the preseason within this video.

Throwing and Infield Drills

Prepare your infielders for any type of throw they may need to make with Coach Ligouri's four corner throwing drills. From flips to pivots, Ligouri's exercises will have your players ready to play lights out infield defense on game day. He also shows how to use combo drills to efficiently get your infielders many repetitions in a short amount of time.

Outfield Drills

You'll learn an everyday outfield routine to get your fielders ready for game day by stressing fundamentals. Prepare and strengthen outfielders' arms with a band work routine and long toss. The DMACC coaches show how to prepare outfielders to the max even if you aren't able to hit them fly balls indoors.

Practice Rituals

Coach Ligouri showcases practice rituals for each position group. Put pressure on your outfielders by having them practice throwing home with the game on the line, get catchers ready to throw out potential base stealers, and prepare pitchers for balls hit back at them, bunts, or squeezes. Additionally, you'll see how to get your infielders ready to defend against the short game with Ligouri's infielder bunt ritual.

Coach Ligouri opens the doors to one of his preseason, indoor practices in this video. You'll walk away with helpful tips and various drills you can plug into your practice plans right away!

97 minutes. 2020.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Bob Ligouri's Fielding Series
SD-05691A:

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)

Softball practices look different depending on the time of the year. The preseason is a particularly difficult phase of the season, as the coach must prepare their team for as many of the challenges they expect to face during the season as possible. Combine that with cold temperatures and bad weather in most parts of the country, and you have a big coaching/practice dilemma!

Luckily, DMACC's Bob Ligouri shows how he prepares his team indoors in the preseason within this video.

Throwing and Infield Drills

Prepare your infielders for any type of throw they may need to make with Coach Ligouri's four corner throwing drills. From flips to pivots, Ligouri's exercises will have your players ready to play lights out infield defense on game day. He also shows how to use combo drills to efficiently get your infielders many repetitions in a short amount of time.

Outfield Drills

You'll learn an everyday outfield routine to get your fielders ready for game day by stressing fundamentals. Prepare and strengthen outfielders' arms with a band work routine and long toss. The DMACC coaches show how to prepare outfielders to the max even if you aren't able to hit them fly balls indoors.

Practice Rituals

Coach Ligouri showcases practice rituals for each position group. Put pressure on your outfielders by having them practice throwing home with the game on the line, get catchers ready to throw out potential base stealers, and prepare pitchers for balls hit back at them, bunts, or squeezes. Additionally, you'll see how to get your infielders ready to defend against the short game with Ligouri's infielder bunt ritual.

Coach Ligouri opens the doors to one of his preseason, indoor practices in this video. You'll walk away with helpful tips and various drills you can plug into your practice plans right away!

97 minutes. 2020.



SD-05691B:

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)

Is there snow on your softball field? Is the infield clay frozen? You don't have to let your team's infielder development be slowed down by the cold weather! In this instructional video, DMACC's Bob Ligouri will show you how to develop infielders indoors.

Throwing

Start by learning the throwing mechanics to keep your infielders' arms safe and healthy in a six-drill throwing progression. You'll see how to progressively work the throwing motion backwards from release, starting with wrist snaps. Coach Ligouri's progression shows how to gradually add in work for the whole body and build up to a strong throwing motion.

Fundamentals and Catching

Whether it's a hot shot or a slow roller, your players will learn the body positioning, footwork, and glove work to put them in the best position to be successful. Fundamentally sound infielders will make fewer errors and get more put-outs!

Drills

Put it all together with six drills to test your infielders. You'll see how to implement Ligouri's Shag Drill to have your

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Individualized Approaches with a Team Offensive Attack

with Danielle Zymkowitz,
University of Wisconsin Assistant Coach;
as a player, was the first 2x AFCA All-American at the University of Illinois (the first in the history of the program), where she led the Illini to two NCAA Regional Appearances and holds the career records for batting average (.384), hits (277), runs scored (202), stolen bases (91) and stolen base percentage (.858); was a 3x 1st team All Big Ten selection as well

As a hitting coach, would you rather produce great individual hitters or great team offenses? What if you could develop both at the same time?

In this video, Danielle Zymkowitz explains how to get the most out of every hitter in your lineup by catering your coaching approach to what each hitter needs, all while equipping them with the tools to be productive for your team.

Philosophy and Lineup Development

Learning and understanding each player's strengths and weaknesses, as well as each player's mindset, is part of the art of coaching. You'll learn the questions Coach Zymkowitz asks her players to learn about them, their swing, and their approach in the box.

The best hitting coaches create individualized plans of attack to utilize each player's strengths. Zymkowitz shows how she groups her hitters into tiers, and has specific roles and expectations for each tier of players.

A and B hacks

Not all hitters can or should step up to the plate and swing for the fences in every at bat. With a runner on base, it may be more advantageous for the offense to put the ball in play to a specific area to move the runner. Coach Zymkowitz simplifies these concepts with the terminology 'A' hack and 'B' hack, and explain how hitters at each level can best use them both. You'll learn when to use the 'A' hack or 'B' hack depending on:

  • The count
  • The game situation
  • What the opposing pitcher throws
  • The hitter vs. pitcher match-up

Drills

Getting players to understand and execute the 'A' and 'B' hacks can be easier said than done. Zymkowitz offers five drills to help hitters work their timing, mechanics, and execution of their 'A' and `B' hacks. Learn how to get hitters just as comfortable swinging for the fences as they are hitting a hard ground ball to move a runner!

In one particular 'on knees' drill, hitters work on their 'B' hack mechanics on both knees, hitting different types of balls thrown from a pitching machine. Putting the hitter on their knees effectively takes their legs out of the swing, allowing them to focus on their core and upper body mechanics.

In conclusion, Coach Zymkowitz offers drills and coaching tips that will help your hitters become the most productive version of themselves. Whether using the 'A' hack or 'B' hack, your hitters will learn how to hack opposing pitchers into submission!

61 minutes. 2020.

DVD
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