The Art of Baserunning: Strategy and Technique
with Loren Hibbs,
University of NC-Charlotte Head Coach
Coach Hibbs knows that baserunning is a major piece of maintaining a successful baseball program. The goal is to maximize on base opportunities by stretching an extra base out of many situations. He begins with instruction on running from home plate. The teaching point is to make the transition from hitter to base runner as quickly as possible. The dynamics of baserunning changes when the runner is on first base. Hibbs breaks down the strategies involved in running from first and teaches how to get to second and third base. The lead is also a crucial element in running from first and second. Many strategies are introduced for running from third base. Hibbs covers tag plays by examining many different running situations. Once around the bases, Hibbs concludes by taking a look at drills and game situations.
61 minutes. 2008.The Art of Pitching: Pitching Mechanics, Drills and Troubleshooting
with Brandon Hall,
University of NC-Charlotte Pitching Coach
The UNCC pitching staff was named the #1 staff in all of college baseball in 2007. Their cutting-edge expertise is packed into this DVD on the art of pitching. Coach Hall, on the mound, demonstrates the technique of using the rubber, taking signs, rocker step, rocker to balance 3-point movement, balance to power and power to delivery. Pitching out of the stretch is a skill taught in detail. Hall believes in three goals in the set-up; create a downhill plane, maximize velocity and put pitchers in the position to allow them to do the same thing every day. To relieve pressure on the arm, Hall instructs through dry drills. This keeps pitchers sharp without throwing every day. With the ball, a good drill is the hand extension and spin drill. Kneeling drills put pitchers on a knee to emphasize power and finish. Other drills include the square drill, stretch stride and stretch stride to balance. The 60-foot and 90-foot toss drill focuses on footwork and throwing. This drill works out to the player's maximum distance. Crow hop, arm action, and grips complete the drill catalog.
59 minutes. 2008.The Art of the Infield: 3-Step Approach for the Complete Infielder
with Bo Durkac,
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Assistant Coach
Excellent infield players progressively learn the skills needed in the infield one at a time. Many different skills and techniques combine to make up a total player. Coach Durkac breaks down his fielding instruction into three areas: get to the ball as quickly as possible, catch and secure the ball, and throw the ball. First step quickness is the key to solid fielding. To achieve that skill, Durkac teaches proper touchdown technique, which is the point where both feet make contact with the ground to field the ball. He also shows drop step technique that helps players handle all three types of hoppers. The two quick shuffles technique is taught as an approach skill prior to fielding the ball. Three throws are used when making double plays, and are demonstrated in this presentation. The rake and making plays with your feet are additional skills demonstrated.
83 minutes. 2008.
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