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Train Players to Quickly Catch and Throw!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

Founder of Team Mizuno and head coach of Team Mizuno’s 16U travel team Mike Stith uses the four corners drill to train his players to get rid of the ball quickly after catching it. Taking away even a half second of time fielding the ball can be the difference between a put out and a base runner on first base.

Four Corners Drill

Drill Summary: Players split into even lines at every base, with the catchers staying at home plate. The person at the front of each line steps up onto the base (the catcher stays behind home plate). On the coach’s command, the first catcher throws to the player at third base, who throws to the player at second base, who throws to the player at first base and finally back to home plate. After each throw, the player who made the throw goes to the back of their respective line and the next player steps into the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Catchers receive throws while squatting and bounce up to throw.
2) Catch the ball and land on the throwing foot.
3) Accurate throws.
4) Stay on the bags.

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

Learn to Snag Short Hops!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

The ability to grab a ball in the dirt is an essential skill for the developing softball infielder. In this drill from Team Mizuno founder Mike Stith, your entire team will work on fielding short hops to cut down on errors in the field.

Short Hop Drill

Drill Summary: Players pair up and grab a softball for each pair. In the pairs, players stand about 10 feet apart and take turns tossing a ball in the dirt to their partner, who uses correct fundamentals to field and secure the ball. Practice fielding short hops both inside and outside the body.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Get “door knocking” knuckles on the ground.
2) Hands should be in front of the body.
3) Relax and keep the hands still.
4) Catch only with the glove when reaching outside the body.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Defensive Team Drills for 16U and 18U.” View other world class Softball videos!

Excellent Softball Drills to Improve on Your Team’s Pitching & Fielding!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Former 3x All-American softball player, Kyla Holas, is the most winningest coach in Conference USA history! Learn the proper ready position, three-step approach, footwork and throwing technique for “the hot corners.” Also, get insight with a series of pitching workouts and the various options within them that will get your pitchers in top form for the start of the season. These 2 new Softball DVDs are titled:

Hot Corners: 1st and 3rd Defense

  • 10+ key fundamentals and drills to effectively play at first and third base
  • Eliminate bad throws from the corners by teaching effective footwork
  • Develop a fast glove-to-hand transition so you can turn double plays from either corner of the field
  • Train your first baseman to catch any kind of bad throw

Dynamic Pitching Workouts

  • Plan workouts and drills that will help your pitchers baffle opposing hitters
  • Throw your fastball harder, which will make your other pitches more effective
  • Develop accuracy and movement for each pitch in your arsenal
  • Mix up your pitching workouts to challenge your pitchers’ minds and bodies

Want more Kyla Holas Softball Instruction? Then click here to find out how you can make your team better starting today!

New Softball DVDs featuring Kyla Holas!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We have produced three new Softball DVDs featuring Kyla Holas.  She is a 2X Conference USA Coach of the Year for the University of Houston as well as a former 3x All American.  These Softball DVDs are called:

Creating the Complete Slap Hitter

  • Learn creative and competitive drills that will develop consistent slap hitters
  • Master slapping techniques including contact slap, power slap, and the bunt — and know when to use them
  • Get over 15 drills to maximize the uniquely personal talents of your individual slappers
  • Employ proven techniques to keep the defense guessing
  • Get base running tips that enhance the importance of scoring runs and putting pressure on the defense

Creating the Complete Outfielder

  • Learn drill progressions to improve footwork, throwing, ground balls and fly balls for outfielders
  • Get coaching tips to improve your team’s diving skills
  • Learn effective techniques to efficiently play balls off or near the fence

Creating an Effective Screw Ball and Curve Ball

  • Take advantage of hitters with bat path issues
  • Develop more spin, movement, and accuracy on your pitcher’s curve ball and screw ball
  • Use a consistent starting point to fool the batter and deliver your pitch
  • Implement essential drills to enhance the effectiveness of your pitcher’s screw ball and curve ball

Purchase the three DVDs as a package and save $15!

Kyla Holas 3-Pack


New Baseball DVD featuring Ed Servais!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Here is a new Baseball DVD featuring Ed Servais and Creighton University.  His team was ranked in the top 5 in fielding percentage during the 2009 season.  The title of the Baseball DVD is:

Dynamic Defensive Drills for Infielders

  • Excel at every element of fielding, including approach, glove action, arm action, full body throwing, and the correct footwork throughout
  • Master the routine ground ball and create the foundation for handling the most challenging hits
  • Field and deliver the ball in a specific time frame that will beat-out college runners
  • Choose the correct glove and break it in properly to improve its effectiveness

    If you are looking for more DVDs to improve fielding, check out the titles below:

    Drill Progressions for Developing Corner Infielders

    Drill Progressions for Developing Middle Infielders

    Skills and Drills for Infielders

    15 Ball Handling Drills for Infielders

    Drills to Improve Infielder’s Feet, Arms & Hands

    Team Drills to Improve Infield Play

    Fundamentals and Drills for Fielding Groundballs

    Indoor Practice Drills: Infield Drills


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