By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, May 11, 2015
Mike Stith, founder and director of player development of Team Mizuno, believes in instilling the “palm up, palm down” method of hitting in his players. In this drill, players will target their dominant hand and focus on keeping their palm up through contact with the ball so the barrel of the bat stays in the zone longer.
Top Hand Drill
Drill Summary: For this drill, players need a tee, a bucket of balls and should position themselves so they’re hitting into a net. After setting up a ball on the tee, the player grips the bat using only their dominant hand and gets in their stance. Once set, the player turns and drives the ball into the net, focusing on keeping their palm up when hitting the ball. Continue using this method for a few minutes, then take a break.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep the palm up through contact.
2) Drive the knob of the bat through the inside half of the ball.
3) Stride out the same as your regular swing.
4) Use a bat the player can control with good posture.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Founder of Team Mizuno, Mike Stith, takes pride in his teams’ smart and aggressive abilities on the base paths. In this drill, players will learn how to get out of the batter’s box quickly and sprint to first base to ensure the best chance of beating out any throw.
1st Base Approach
Drill Summary: Players form a single file line behind home plate. One by one, each player steps into the batter’s box and takes their stance without a bat. On the coach’s command, the player makes a motion like they just hit the ball and takes off running to first base. Coach Stith stresses the importance of lengthening strides to take away a step or two when running to the bag. Once the player has ran all the way through the bag without decreasing their speed, the next player can take off from the batter’s box. Repeat until all players have been through the drill.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Remember to swing.
2) Good running form.
3) Lengthen the stride, don’t break down the stride to hit the front of the bag.
4) Run through the bag.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Oklahoma University Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach, Melyssa Lombardi, delivers to you the essentials of her team’s successful pitcher training. She has coached five pitchers and three catchers to 15 combined All-American honors. Check out clips and additional details in the product links below:
By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Oklahoma University Softball Head Coach, Patty Gasso, led her team to a 2013 WCWS Championship title! Her team became the first ever WCWS champion to lead the nation in scoring and ERA. You will get a look at open practice covering concepts on offense and defense.
Learn how to use strategic defensive alignments to defend against bunts, slaps, steals and more
Learn how to train your players to attack the lead-out with multiple runners on base
Teach your pitchers to hit certain locations within the strike zone based on where your defense is playing
Learn how to use aggressive offensive strategies to force defensive mistakes and score more runs
Learn how to score runs without touching the ball in first and third situations
Discover how an “angle down” play can be used to put pressure on the defense
Learn how to run a fast-paced team practice
Learn outfield drills to improve a player’s ability to track a fly ball, get around a ground ball and throw to any base
Discover how range drills can enhance team athleticism
Learn drills that encourage quick decision-making while base running
Discover how to use hitting stations to work simultaneously with multiple hitters
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 10, 2014
iPracticeBuilder is a revolutionary iPad app that allows coaches to interactively build, store and share practice plans.
Select drills from your customized drill list and drag-and-drop them into your practice schedule. Inside each drill you can include a description, key points, equipment needed, video, diagrams, and links to web video. When your practice is complete, print it or email it.