John Tschida and his staff welcome you to their indoor practice facility to show you how to get the most out of your practice time, practice space and out of your players - even during inclement weather. In this series you will see how Coach Tschida runs his practices - focusing on proper throwing fundamentals, fielding and position work, hitting, and bunting. Every aspect of the game is covered, and it's all indoors.
Disc 1:Coach Tschida opens up his practice with a classroom session. See how he gets the team focused, explains the drills that will be used in practice, reviews sacrifice and drag bunts, and instructs his players on the proper techniques and strategies for each.
Once practice begins, the team executes a dynamic warm-up and goes through a throwing progression while working on several different types of throws. The team works on bunt defense, before splitting up into groups for position-specific drills. You'll see how Tschida maximizes the use of the facility through proven drill strategies. Finally, the team comes back together and works on several hitting drills.
Disc 2:The team is split up into multiple stations where each group will work on a specific aspect of hitting. In the cage, hitters will see specific pitches in a live setting to learn to pick out what type of pitch is coming. Other stations feature tee drills focusing on high pitches, low pitches, slap hitting, and coach-pitch "soft toss." This format provides a lot of cuts, while keeping your players focused and working hard. At the end, Coach Tschida has a post-practice meeting in which he rewards the hard work of deserving players.
Moving onto the next practice, Coach Tschida opens up by talking about sports psychology concepts including visualization, routines, and confidence. In the gym, practice begins with a dynamic warm-up using medicine balls, which will help your athletes get stronger while they loosen up. Tschida's throwing build up gives players a chance to practice the throws they will make in a game. Finally, the team does some position work and fielding drills.
Disc 3:Practice begins with infielders and outfielders working on different types of fly balls, while adding cuts and relays into the drill. Next, the infield works on defending bases loaded situations.
After a brief meeting, the team breaks up into hitting and pitching groups. The hitters work on dry swings and then the team moves into live batting practice with the pitchers throwing to batters. At various times throughout the live hitting, Coach Tschida will call out `champion on the floor' and all activity will stop and focus on one player who must execute whatever skill they are working on.
Coach Tschida brings a unique style and attitude to coaching. His practices get the most out of his team, his time, and the practice space. This video provides great indoor practice ideas and drills that will help your team improve even during the when you can't be on your field.
314 minutes (3 DVDs). 2012.
Love these DVDs...Coach Tschida talks constantly throughout to his players and then continues to inform the viewer of the drills and their purpose. Coaching in Canada, the majority of our skill teaching happens indoors during the winter also. His players seem engaged, full of enjoyment and very well prepared. I will be implementing as much of his lessons into my organizations workouts as possible and look forward to it with anticipation. I will also be checking out his outdoor video practices for more ideas.
Practicing indoors is always a challenge. Yet it's a reality for much of the offseason for teams in the Northern climes.
This DVD set is chock full of ideas on how to make the most of practice space and time indoors. From watching a pre-practice meeting to the actual practice itself to post-practice activities, it gives you a great behind-the-scenes look at how one of the most successful softball coaches in the country gets his team ready for the season.
A big part of that is Coach Tschida's personality. He is able to drive his players to excellence without the yelling and histrionics we often see from coaches. In fact, his sense of humor comes into play. For example, when a player mishandles a ball he tells her "You field like that you'd better be able to hit bombs."
One of the interesting things to see is how he keeps so many players occupied at once. I've heard him say he never cuts anyone who wants to be a part of the program, and it sure looks like it on this DVD set. There were players all over the place. But everything is organized and choreographed down to the minute, so standing around time is minimized.
If you're serious about coaching you'll probably find yourself stopping the video and writing ideas down frequently. I know that's what I did. These videos (there are three in the package) aren't cheap. But they're well worth the investment.
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