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Drive the Ball More Consistently Using the “Top Hand Drill!”

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Hitting Breakdowns & Drills for All Levels.” View other world class Softball videos!

See How Mike Stith Instructs Players to Approach First Base!

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Team Drills for 12U and 14U.” View other world class Softball videos!

3 New Pitching Videos featuring the Oklahoma Pitching Coach!

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:

High Performance Pitching:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>          Mental Skills and DrillsHigh Performance Pitching:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>          The Change UpHigh Performance Pitching:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>          The Rise Ball

High Performance Pitching: Mental Skills & Drills

  • Learn how to maximize performance on the mound under game-like pressure

  • Learn four mental strategies to improve pitching performance

  • Discover a rating system to grade execution


High Performance Pitching: The Change-Up

  • Learn how to use a devastating change-up to make other pitches look faster

  • Learn three different releases for the change-up

  • Discover how to develop effective spin and pitch placement

  • Learn how to create a late break on the ball


High Performance Pitching: The Rise Ball

  • Learn how to use a rise ball to rack up strikeouts

  • Learn how to throw the rise ball at three different levels

  • See how to make the rise break late-and sharply

  • Learn how to detect and correct common pitching mistakes associated with a rise ball



3 New Softball Videos from Patty Gasso (2013 National Champion)!

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.

Aggressive Defensive Strategies


  • 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



Aggressive Offensive Strategies


  • 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



Open Practice with Patty Gasso

  • 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


Purchase the Patty Gasso Coaching Softball 3-Pack and SAVE $15!

Patty Gasso Coaching Softball 3-Pack


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Create Your Softball Practice Plans with iPracticeBuilder!

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.

Practice planning has never been easier!





Quickly add high-quality drills from the nation’s top softball coaches using the in-app drill store!


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