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Features & Benefits
  • Keep your pitchers' arms strong and healthy while achieving maximum practice reps
  • Employ drills that develop and maintain proper mechanics with minimum fatigue, using Coach Woods' proven "drill progression" approach
  • Utilize unique, fun, and safe drills to develop consistent, effective curve balls
  • Shut down your opponent's running game with pick-off moves to all bases
with Mike Woods, Hamilton (AZ) HS Head Coach;
4x Arizona High School State Champs (2003, 2004, 2008. 2014) and 3x State runner up (2011, 2009, 2005);
over 300 career victories; 38 players have gone on to play in college (14 in D1) and 12 have played professionally

"The name of the game is pitching, and success in this game is directly dependent upon your pitching staff!"
- Mike Woods, Head Coach Hamilton High School, Chandler AZ. 3x Arizona State Champions and 2x State Runners-up.

In this essential component of Coaching the High School Player, coach Mike Woods leads you through a step-by-step approach proven to create pitching success by drilling in the finer points.

Woods reveals Hamilton High School's daily progression program for pitchers, a program designed to keep pitchers' arms healthy while training them for consistency. This throwing program employs 11 flat-ground progression drills that key in on the most important elements of throwing mechanics - from head to toe.

Coach Woods also provides valuable insight into training pitchers to throw curve balls correctly and effectively. He shares 4 daily, progressive drills that train everything from grip to delivery. He even reveals a clever "double-ball" training device you can make yourself in minutes and that promotes the most effective 12-6 rotation.

Woods closes the video with his daily-9 pick off drills that will stop runners in their tracks - with back picks, snap throws, inside moves, timing moves, and more. He also demonstrates an ingenious drill that works picks to first, second, and third simultaneously.

Coaching The High School Pitcher is an excellent choice for any coach or player who wants to consistently throw strikes with proper mechanics, keep their throwing arms healthy, and freeze runners on the base paths.!

52 minutes. 2011.

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Ratings & Reviews

Coaching the High School Pitcher
on February 27, 2013
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Anonymous

I hesitated in ordering after reading the review previous but once I watched it I cannot understand how this does not get the highest rank ... it is so well done and relevant to the level of players I am getting each year ... this is a great video and I'd recommend it to every coach and dad of a pitcher ...

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Coaching the High School Pitcher
on October 11, 2011
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
2/5 Stars

by ThomasCahill473

This production had the appearance of a one afternoon rush job. Grab some players and shoot it
in a few hours. The most important aspect of using student demonstrators is to make sure that they execute
the skill correctly.The players, after coach Woods had explained a drill, spoiled the demonstration with poor execution to the extent that
some throws went out of the reach of their partners, even though the distance was approx. 45 ft.. Also, coach Woods was not clear with some of his explanations referring to one part of the body while pointing to a different part. eg.speaking about the lead/back shoulder while indicating the other shoulder.
My main point is that the material being taught is easily 10 - 15 yrs. out of date. The idea that the pitcher should "gather" himself when his leg lift is at it's highest point to insure balance only serves to destroy the momentum that he is trying to achieve. Even if the balance point is maintained for a fraction of a second, it would be impossible for the body to recapture lost momentum during the remainder of the delivery. Balance is not static. It is maintained throughout the delivery by keeping the head in the middle of the body until hip rotation. The term is "dynamic balance," which means that, throughout the delivery, the body could, theoretically, be divided into 2 equal parts. If the head stays over the bellybutton, balance is maintained. Unfortunately, all the "balance drills" presented by coach Woods are counterproductive to achieving a sound delivery
and only serve to emphasize an out of date technique.
Momentum is achieved & maintained by firing the front hip at the target as the stride leg is about to reach its highest point. This was called
"rushing" back in the day but the current methodology teaches that this is how momentum is maintained. The argument for staying back was that the arm would drag if the pitcher went foward before "gathering" himself. The arm drags when the pitcher's front side flys open prematurely. When the stride leg lands, the back hip explodes towards the target creating torque which is the source of power.
Next, teaching that the throwing elbow should be above shoulder level is incorrect. The throwing arm elbow should never be taken
above shoulder level. Consistently doing so would increase the likelihood of an impingement. There should be a 90 angle between the upper throwing arm and the throwing arm side. The pitcher on the video's cover provides an excellent example.
The importance of the front elbow is never emphasized. The "give me five" drill actually is counterproductive since the front elbow is positioned by the player's belt. The longer that the front elbow can remain on the target, the greater the potential for a good pitch. Prematurely dropping the front elbow will result in the front side shoulder flying open causing the arm to drag through release resulting in the pitch to be up & in to the arm side or low & away to the glove side. This is evident with Skyler, the tall righthander. His front elbow drops resulting in inaccurate throws even from a short distance. Unfortunately coach Woods does not address this even though Skyler repeats the fault.
Pulling the glove side elbow towards the body so the back shoulder can come through and increase power is outdated also. Power is created by the torque of the hips which pulls the throwing arm through. The front side will get out of the way all by itself. It's unnecessary to teach kids to "increase their arm speed" by pulling the glove arm into the body since young players may have a tendency to pull the glove with greater force which can lead to the front side opening prematurely. Only by increasing torque or maintaining the follow through longer, "staying on the pitch," can produce an increase in velocity.
There's more but I'm going to close with this. The part re: controlling the running came was, in my opinion, superfluous. It appeared rushed, almost as if some filler was needed since the presentation was too short.
I'm happy that coach Woods has achieved a high degree of success, but the DVD wasn't that good.
The teaching techniques demonstrated were out of date and the whole production had a catch as catch can feel to it. You're capable of better

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