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University of Iowa Head Coach, Bond Shymansky, shares a drill that helps build the slide hitter from the ground up. Coach Shymansky takes a closer look at the one foot take off and how to improve a hitters footwork. He explains how important the last two steps are when practicing the drill. Coach Shymansky shows how to train all hitters from any zone at the net to run a slide or one foot take-off type of attack.
Setup: The coach tosses the ball up to the athlete and clears out so the hitter has room to land. The athlete is focusing on the last two steps before the one foot take-off. The approach is irrelevant, it can be a three or five step approach to the ball. The hitter finishes the hit with the elbow over the wrist.
Rob Rose, President of True Athlete Performance in Washington, DC, explains how to incorporate the core and upper body to try to gain more power on the hitters swinging movement. Rose shares a series of drills that help athletes gain that upper body strength.
Setup: Rob Rose introduces two drills to help the athlete gain more upper body power. The first drill is the woodchopper, where the athlete takes a medicine ball and circles it over their head and slams the ball down, powering all the way through. The second drill is called power-push ups. Power-push ups consist of the athlete doing a push up, and powering up off of the ground with the hands and landing slowly back on the hands.
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Illinois Head Coach, Kevin Hambly, discusses the importance of passing the ball high on your center. Coach Hambly explains that by passing the ball high on your center you can eliminate errors that happen during competition.
Anne Kordes, University of Louisville Head Coach and 2010-2011 USA Select Team Lead Coach, takes you into a Wednesday morning practice with a focus on passing and footwork.
Coach Kordes emphasizes the importance of keeping your shoulders forward and keeping the ball in front of you. The drill focuses on quick movements and maintaining posture. This is a great drill to challenge the athlete and work on the important fundamentals.