UNC's Softball Series
with Donna Papa,
University of North Carolina Head Coach;
Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (2012);
5x ACC Coach of the Year; over 1,200 career victories
Tired of watching videos that don't cover the aspects of slap hitting you are looking for? If you need more help teaching your players the art of slap hitting, this is the video for you. Slapping can give any offense a unique weapon, and University of North Carolina head coach Donna Papa is one of the best teachers of this skill in the game today!
Slap Hitting Philosophy
Coach Papa guides you through UNC's complete slap hitting philosophy; in this video, you'll learn:
- How and why to put pressure on the defense.
- How to increase your opportunities to put the ball in play.
- Skills for reading defenses.
- Methods for better bat control.
- How to improve foot speed.
The drills that Papa presents can make the difference between limited success and complete domination. She includes her perspective on when to use different slapping techniques, including the drag bunt, chop, soft slap, hard slap, and power slap.
Flaws and Fixes
At some point, your players will get into a rut and will require the knowledge of how to fix their slapping technique. Papa includes common mistakes and fixes for:
- The Stance - How to alter your base, posture, hand positioning and grip.
- Footwork - Including the difference between a one step and two step approach.
- Load - The proper positioning to "do damage" as a slapper.
With more than two dozen drills, this video is loaded with ways to get better and be comfortable in the batter's box. You'll see how isolating pieces of the swing can help you diagnose weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Additionally, Papa explains how to create a progression plan that helps players feel proper slap hitting techniques.
This video represents an opportunity to learn from a Hall of Fame coach. If you want to churn out elite slappers, you'll find everything you need inside!
94 minutes. 2019.
with Mary Jo Firnbach,
University of North Carolina Associate Head Coach;
helped lead UNC to the ACC Championship and Regional Finals in 2017;
former Texas A&M University Associate Head Coach;
2008 National Championship game appearance;
former Syracuse University Head Coach (she was the school's first coach in softball ever);
team captain as a player at Southern Illinois University in 1991
University of North Carolina's Mary Jo Firnbach provides an overview and perspective on the hitting training program utilized by the Tar Heels. She includes more than two dozen drills designed to build better hitters, shows how to use isolation techniques to help athletes improve in specific areas, and endorses the value of batting practice on the field so that players can see the flight of the ball off their bat.
Firnbach begins by showing a progression of tee work to front toss that promotes hitting from the ground up. Every drill has a purpose, and Coach Firnbach explains the "fix" that each drill offers so that you can identify swing flaws and immediately address them. This section will detail how to help your hitters build strength that translates into more base hits, enhancing your offense overall.
Coach Firnbach uses short bats to isolate and improve the front arm and back arm for a better full swing. Bats of various weights are also incorporated to promote faster bat speed. Firnbach's training includes how to use ramps under the front or back foot of a hitter to improve balance and consistency at the plate.
On-Field Batting Practice
The flight of the ball gives instant feedback to the hitter, and Coach Firnbach makes sure to use drills that force players to hit into certain zon