Coach Gordie Gillespie uses his knowledge and passion of baseball to offer this effective approach to coaching Pitching Mechanics. Beginning with the fundamentals, Coach discusses the "teachable" skills involved in pitching, and the essential secondary skills that develop as a result. This baseball video series is packed with information and practical techniques that are great for coaches and pitchers at any level of play. The approach is simple, practical, doesn't cost a lot of money, and best of all.....it works! This teaching progression on pitching gives you mechanics, drills, and the "home-made" tools to help you get your pitchers to the top of their game.
Its time for BP . Batting Practice that is! The key to an effective baseball batting practice is to make every practice as game like as possible. Use this batting cage drill to learn how. Using live pitchers in the batting cages instead of machines and limiting the number of swings per rotation, simulate game conditions to increase a players confidence and comfort level when at bat. And, as always, the biggest part of practice is repetition, repetition, repetition!
This video series covers the footwork necessary to make the double play...safely. Coach Olsen covers the double play from the shortstop position as well as from the second base position.
Trent Mongero, author of "Winning Baseball" demonstrates some practical fielding drills to develop great baseball infielders. From principals, to general infield drills to specific position drills. To get a copy of Coach Mongero's book click here
You can't count on big innings to pull you ahead when you're using the BBCOR bat and in this video Coach Brian Shoop covers strategies to help you produce runs.
Coach Sprowl covers ideas to build your pitching staff, beginning with a throwing program that strengthens your pitchers arm, things you as a coach should just know about your pitcher to building a pitching staff with depth and training your 2-way players.
Proper conditioning can help reduce your pitchers arm injuries and it's important that you properly condition your pitchers deceleration muscles with drills and conditioning.
Outfielders often make the difference between a base hit and a home run. Coach Blevins covers his technique for making his outfielders more efficient helping them to know when to go for the out or the stop.
An organized practice takes using all your coaches and all of your field space and not wasting any time. Using preset fundamental drill series Coach Shoop works infielders, pitchers, outfielders and catchers at the same time.
The Baseball Playbook by Coach Ron Polk (with the bat at home plate) covers fundamental drill series in depth.
Baseball pitchers must have flexibility, mobility, strength and stability if they are going to be successful and a Medicine Ball program for your pitching staff will help your pitchers build those characteristics.
By addressing the mental side of pitching, your pitcher will learn how to pitch winning baseball games even when he brings his "B" or "C" game to the field.
Sometimes as a coach, knowing what to look for is more difficult than knowing how to help your baseball player correct a problem. Coach Guilliams offers his list of "Nuggets" that he's developed over the years that will help a coach at any level sharpen his eye to see areas your baseball player can improve.
Coach Link Jarrett of Auburn University has a hot stove session on hitting the baseball that will give you ideas to help your hitters improve their at bat performance.
Dirt balls, wild pitches, cuts to 3rd and outfield communication are all practiced in this baseball fundamental drill series video. This video series shows how you can use all of your coaches and your entire field to get the most out of your valuable baseball practice time.
Insure your baseball pitcher has the little things taken care of so he can concentrate on the big stuff. From the pre-practice stretch to the focusing eyeballs, here's some things you and your pitcher can work on.
Using all of your field space, all of your coaches and not wasting time helps you get the most from each and every baseball practice. In this video series, Coach Brian Shoop of UAB demonstrates using "drill series" (similar to the Fundamental Drill Series in The Baseball Playbook) during practice.
In baseball or softball when a rundown starts you want to be prepared and practice is how you prepare. This video demonstrates how your infield can prepare to be the victors in any rundown situation. This is part of the fundamental drill series outlined in the baseball playbook.
Hitting the baseball is why your hitters come to the plate, but to make your hitters at bats more effective, you need to work in the batting cage. This series covers drills that you can take to the batting cages today to so you can work with your hitters to correct problems or improve their performance.
This Q&A session about pitching brings out a lot of great thoughts that you can take to your bullpen and apply today.
Coach Gordie Gillespie offers this effective approach to coaching Pitching Mechanics. Beginning with the fundamentals, Coach discusses the "teachable" skills of pitching and essential secondary skills that develop as a result. This series is packed with practical techniques that are great for coaches and pitchers at any level of play. The approach is practical, doesn't cost a lot of money, and best of all - it works! This teaching progression gives you mechanics, drills, and tools to help you get your pitchers to the top of their game.
To build a complete baseball hitter, you must know the fundamentals of good baseball swing. In addition to a good swing, you have to know the mental aspects of baseball and you must have a good approach to teaching your baseball players.
Ron Wolforth of Pitching Central covers the keys to developing velocity in your pitchers
This baseball catching series covers everything from selecting your catcher to making sure the umpire calls those questionable pitches strikes!
Coach Turtle Thomas of FIU covers drills to help your baseball players hit the baseball more often and more effectively. This series covers basic hitting drills and drills to help you troubleshoot your hitters.
When you have your pitchers practice at 45 feet, you'll see multiple benefits. Your pitcher will learn to command the angles better, develop a better "touch" and they can throw more pitches without wearing out their pitching arm.
This is the best "how to" baseball book of all time, it's packed with everything you need to know to understand and excel at the game of baseball. From the first practice to the last tournament, Coach Polk (head baseball coach at Mississippi State) covers it. If you're not sure if this book is for you ask any high school or college baseball coach if they think its a good book....then come back and ORDER HERE.
Covering fundamental skills before the season starts is a great way to get your baseball team sharp before our official practice dates. You can do these baseball drills as a team so that when practice starts for real, everyone is ready to work.
Your catcher needs to have the fundamental catching skills to keep the offense at bay and get the outs your baseball team needs. This catching fundamental series covers baseball drills to develop catchers and also covers catching fundamental skills and common catching mistakes.
Your baseball team needs to be focused on it's offensive and defensive objectives in order to come out on the high side of a scoring match. You as a coach must set realistic game goals then work in practice to teach your team to meet those goals.
This is a re-release of our original catching fundamentals series we released in 1999. You'll find everything from stance, receiving the baseball, throwing to the bases and fielding bunts in this baseball catching series. Many of you had problems viewing this series, so this should take care of that problem.
If your team is going to get better they have to know where they are and where they are trying to get to. Here's a grading system you can adapt for your team to help you set, meet and analyze individual and team goals.
Mark Johnston from Bishop State Community College covers some things that make great outfielders, starting with a plan, to drills to quicken the decision process and ending with on field drills to apply to baseball game situations.
Filmed at the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association convention this hot stove session covers some great ideas you can use right away to help your hitters develop balance and power.
Coach Bobby Pierce of Troy University covers the offensive side of baseball in this hot stove discussion at the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association convention.
An explosive pitcher can be developed with a sound strength and flixiblity program. This video series covers some proven techniques that you can incorporate at any level to make your pitchers explosive.
Keith Madison, former Head Baseball Coach at the university of Kentucky and now with Score International, presents this baseball clinic series. The importance of Team Building is the topic. Coach takes up through the steps offering effective strategies inter-woven with his experience as a college athlete and then baseball coach.
Part of your job as a baseball coach is to develop hitters and dry swings are a great way to see your hitters perform and they give you an opportunity to coach one on one or in a group.
John Jarnagin, Head Baseball Coach from the University of Montevallo, shares his approach to developing and evaluating assistance coaches. Beginning with the traits to look for when selecting and assistance, the discussion offers advice for developing your assistants and then evaluating their performance.
Baseball Coach Matt Lyles discusses the fundamentals of coaching pitchers in this baseball video series. It's about keeping it simple and being consistent. Great series for developing a basic coaching approach when working with pitchers.
Keith Madison, former Head Baseball Coach of the University of Kentucky, doesn't spend time on mechanics in this baseball video series. Coach talks about those often over-looked, yet essential, skills in pitching. Using personal examples and the knowledge of a seasoned coach, Coach Madison pitches a "no hitter" in this series.
Coach Dax Norris from the University of Alabama goes over the essentials of successful catching. It doesn't need to get complicated and Coach keeps it simple. The catcher has the opportunity to control the game. Learn the baseball skills needed to make it happen in this video series.
Coach Butch Thompson, Pitching Coach for the University of Auburn, gives this Baseball Clinic talk on the "Little Things That Win." Coach has taken the time over the years to ask successful baseball players and coaches that very thing. The answers are inspiring and Coach Thompson's passion for coaching is clear. Watch this baseball video series and then ask yourself, "What are the little things that win?"
Putting together a practice plan for your baseball team takes several things, knowledge of your resources, an understanding of the team you have and the desire to do things the way they should be done. Coach Mitch Gaspard covers how to organize an offensive practice plan for your baseball team.
Coach Butch Thompson of Auburn University has a few pitching tips to help raise the tempo of the game and to help your pitchers learn to focus.
Healthy baseball players translate into winning games and one of the biggest factors in keeping them healthy is a proper warm up routine.
This series of hitting drills helps build the perfect batting swing by taking a batter through each step of the swing and helps the hitter learn the "feel" of a perfect batting swing.
Mississippi State's Coach McNickle covers the fundamentals of baserunning and demonstrates drills that will make your baserunners round the bases! Stance, power step and getting to first base are all covered.
Hitting the baseball is how you get your team's offense going. Coach Lane covers hitting the different pitches, then moves to troubleshooting hitters in this baseball series.
Coach Brian Shoop covers baseball defense in this hot stove session at the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association convention. This is a GREAT session for high school and youth league coaches!
Mike Lane (Head Baseball Coach at The University of North Alabama) speaks at baseball coaching clinics world wide and is known as one of the countries top pitching coaches. In this clinic setting, Coach Lane discusses and demonstrates exercises to strengthen your pitchers throwing arm...and keep the pitching arm healthy during the season!
Jerry Kindall former Head Baseball Coach at the University of Arizona has a lot of knowledge in the form of hard life lessons he's learned. Filmed at the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association clinic, Coach Kindall shares things we should all know.
Pitching is a complex process with many steps to get the right delivery each and every time. Coach Lane gives us a checklist to use as we teach our baseball pitchers proper pitching form and technique.
Tristan Tillette of Elite Sports Performance gives a hands-on, non-stop clinic session as he leads athletes through an incredible Warm-Up to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury. Recognizing that no sport is simply a two-dimension, linear experience, Coach Tillette incorporates a number of drill variations into practice to work muscles in a 360 degree environment. The athletes feel the difference immediately and continue the multiple drill progression that go from stretching and flexibility to firing up the muscles for speed and strength drills. This warm-up will work for athletes in any sport.
"Unless we learn how to do things together we are just going to be spinning our wheels." ~ Jan Weisberg, Head Baseball Coach, Birmingham Southern College. This video series isn't just for baseball coaches. Anyone who is a Coach or leader, whether in sports or in any capacity, will benefit from this clinic on Team Building. Coach Weisberg talks about what it takes to form uniquely talented individuals into a successful whole.
Twenty percent of what happens in a baseball game is determined by how the catcher performs - how he establishes angles, receives the baseball. Obviously that means the role of the catcher is critical to the overall success of the baseball team. Mississippi State Baseball Coaches Russ McNickle and Wade Hedges share some effective techniques and drills for developing strong and skilled catchers in this baseball clinic presentation. The key is quality not quantity, and being creative in developing a practice routine that's effective.
Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Seven (Broadband Dial-Up) A lot of research has been done in the last 15 years on the mechanics of the body in various sports. The best coaches have incorporated the findings from this research into the way they coach pitching. It's not just about improving the skill of the pitcher, it's about preventing injury. In this baseball clinic series, Coach Mike Lane goes over the fundamentals of pitching using various drills while teaching proper body mechanics and techniques for maximum pitch power.
Coach Wes Brooks is on the field during this Baseball Clinic series on Catching. Through discussion, demonstration, and drills, Coach covers Framing, Blocking, and Throwing the Out. The catcher's position under various field scenarios and in response to different types of pitches are demonstrated making this a great catching techniques series for coaches and players.
Umpiring is a hard job. Whether your call is right or wrong, half the field (and the stands) are going to be unhappy. That's why umpires need to ensure as much as possible, that they are knowledgeable and willing to make the call. In this baseball video series, Umpire Joe Willis discusses the responsibilities of the plate umpire and demonstrates umpire positions based on the field action. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it - preferably someone with skill, like Willis.
Coach Fieldbinder begins this baseball pitching series with an overview of pitching skills and building on the strengths of individual pitchers. This delivery drills progression can be used with any pitching style to maximize the power and consistency of your pitchers. Coach begins with the basics and builds to a daily practice routine that's sure to help your players develop effective pitching skills.
Often at the high school and even college level there is little instruction offered on Infield Play. This baseball video series begins with the fundamentals of Infield skills and progresses through catching the baseball to throwing across the Infield. This is a great series focusing on stance, catching techniques, and finger position on the baseball during the throw.
In the game of Baseball, umpires often get over-looked.... until there's a controversial call. Yet, good umpires are essential to a successful league. Coaches, parents, and athletes need to understand the do's and don'ts when it comes to umpiring. Joe Willis is the Umpire in Charge (UIC) for 31 North USSSA State. In this baseball video series, Willis discusses Umpire Management, including organization, training, and game-time responsibilities. In a profession doing your best means that you still only make 50% of the people happy. That's why proper management is essential. In this series, Willis tells us how it's done.
Coach Mike Lane, Head Baseball coach for the University of North Alabama, takes us through the fundamentals of hitting in this baseball video series. Beginning with the elements of a good stance during all phases of the hit, Coach proceeds to through numerous hitting drills. The "Stop the Bat" Drill, the Swivel Tee, and various Short Screen Drills help players learn all aspects of effective hitting.
Coach Ricky Diehl of the Viper Baseball Academy discusses Travel Team Management in this video series. While Coach's game is baseball, the fundamentals of Travel Team organization and management are the same regardless of the sport. From the first parents' meeting BEFORE the season starts to Tournament Selection to Practice Organization, this series covers all aspects of managing a Travel Team.
MyCoachOnline called Daron Schoenrock, Head Baseball Coach for the Memphis Tigers and author of "The Total Pitching Program." We had some Pitching questions and new Coach Rock would have the answers. Pitch Loads. Combating Fatigue. Off-Season Work-Outs. College Baseball versus the Minor Leagues. Click the link to hear what Coach Rock has to say on all this and more!
"I got it! I got it! I got it!" That's the sound of baseball.....an outfielder preparing to catch the ball. It's not about ego or taking center stage. It's about communication. Catching a Fly Ball in baseball requires skill and technique. This baseball video series covers the mechanics of catching a fly ball. Proper positioning for the catch, as well as communication skills in the outfield are demonstrated. Good communication in the outfield is essential to a baseball team's success. The baseball drills in these videos are can easily be incorporated into team practice or while practicing at home. ( That is, if neighbors don't mind the sound of "I got it! ringing in their ears.)
Small Ball? C'mon... you coaches know what this is all about. Using an undersized, lightweight ball during batting practice is great for working on eye-hand coordination! Batters learn how to track the ball from the time it leaves the pitcher's hand until the swing (or not to swing, that is the question). The Small Ball Batting Drill can be done with the short toss, the side toss, or with a pitching machine. Doesn't hurt that using an undersized ball makes a real baseball look huge in comparison either!
Playing infield requires the ability to throw well. That's a given. But, to throw the ball, you first have to field the ball. From the Ready Position through the Throw, Coach Greg Drye, Assistant Baseball Coach at Mississippi State, discusses and demonstrates the fundamentals of Baseball Infielding. Step by step Coach covers footwork, arm-hand-glove position, throwing position, and more. From Prep Steps to the last Shuffle, this baseball infielding video series offers skills and techniques for successful Infielding.
Mississippi State Pitching Coach Wade Hedges demonstrates the Side Toss Drill. The Side Toss Drill is a simple baseball drill that allows players to work in pairs. One player is the Tosser and controls the drill. The other is the Hitter. It's the Tosser's job to help the Hitter get the most out of this drill by varying the direction of the toss. Great for Batting Practice!
Making a great play is only part of what a great baseball player does. Hiss coach should be prepared to help him learn how to transfer the baseball to his throwing hand and use his body to develop the momentum to get the ball where it needs to be.
There are a number of different facets that go in to building a successful baseball program, from honing the skills of players to raising money for equipment and facility improvements. In this video series, Coach Brent Barker presents an excellent overview of some useful strategies to put your baseball program on the road to success. With an emphasis on involving players in all aspects of the program, you'll learn tasks to help you get the job done. A strategy for organizing baseball practices, which includes a good warm-up and multiple agility and strength workstations helps construct a good foundation for successful performance. Pitching, hitting, and fielding drills are all incorporated into a similar workstation approach. Insights are shared about how to encourage your players both on an individual and team level to build pride in your baseball program and a strong sense of belonging. With the combined efforts of your coaches and players, there are a number of creative ways to raise money for your baseball program throughout the community and outlying areas. The videos on fundraising will provide you with the details. Watch and learn!
Remember the old Abbott and Costello Baseball routine? You know the one... "Who's on First"? Miscommunication at its funniest! But, when you're on the baseball field, there's nothing funny about being confused. A good baseball signal system allows a Coach to communicate quickly and effectively with his athletes. What makes for effective baseball signals? (So glad you asked!) That's what Coach Ron Polk of Mississippi State will tell you in this video series. First rule: Keep it simple. The simplest thing for you to do right now is to watch Coach Polk as he offers up humor and reality in discussing effective baseball signal systems.
Andy Gustafson began his career as a coach before moving into Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. In this video series, he shares innovative techniques that focus on coordinating baseball training with the skills athletes need to be successful on the field. Stretches. Resistance Training. Weight Training. Tubing Exercises. Sounds pretty standard. But this approach to Baseball Training is anything but the norm. Learn how you can develop a Baseball Training Program that teaches athletes total body control, while improving the skills players need to perform during the game. This isn't a blow-by-blow outline of a daily training plan. Just the opposite. No one program works for every athlete, or every team. Coach Gustafson shares training philosophy based on physiological knowledge that can be used to maximize results for your players. Specific exercises and techniques are demonstrated using simple tools found in any locker room. The key to any training program is progression and flexibility. So flex your muscles and progress right on down to the first video. (Sorry, I just had to throw that in, just couldn't miss the opportunity).
The Catcher has to see all things in all places at all times. He has to direct with confidence. His position demands trust. The pitcher has to be without doubt. He has to know that his call on a pitch is the right call. They spend much of the game eye to eye. What are the characteristics of both that bring strength to a team rather than conflict? Watch this video series and understand what teamwork is all about!
There's a catch to coaching catchers. (Try to say that three times fast!) Catchers need an independent, confident attitude, but they also need competent coaching. Casey Dunn, Head Baseball Coach at Samford University, goes through the fundamentals, including what to look for in a good catcher. Once you've got the right player in the catcher position, the coaching begins. This video series covers baseball skills and drills for catchers - from receiving and blocking the baseball to throwing and footwork. You'll really "catch" on to some great coaching techniques and catcher drills with this video set. Okay, sorry, no more puns - they might not be well "received." These videos will be well received though - so take a look!
Your evaluations may be in the summer, fall, or right before the season starts. Properly evaluating the talent you have is where building an outstanding baseball team begins. Here, Coach Gann covers the evaluation process he uses which helped him field a team that made the USA Today Top 25 High School Baseball Teams.
This series has practical techniques you can use to develop your hitters. From vision to adjusting for different pitch counts, you'll find this series very informative.
The fundamentals of baserunning with leads, watching the ball, secondary leads and more. This video series turns baserunning into an exciting game of cat and mouse between the pitcher and the baserunners!
Coach Zulli, hitting coach at the University of Memphis covers several drills to help develop hitters plus you'll see some great information on sliding safety and technique.
A catcher sometimes feels like a medieval warrior after his equipment is all on. But for a warrior to be effective the gear must fit properly and be taken care of when it's not in use. This series shows how to fit and care for your catcher's equipment. This is a "must see" for every coach, and any kid, who plays catcher.
Here Indiana University Head Coach Bob Morgan is on the field demonstrating some of the drills he uses with his teams. These drills work on everything from the ball exchange to cut-offs and double plays.
Bob Morgan, Head Baseball Coach at Indiana University discusses how he develops outfielders and then demonstrates some of the drills he uses to get the performance needed to be competitive at the college level.
This baseball clinic lecture was given at the 2005 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Convention. It's full of information that will help you develop a strategy to keep the other team away from home plate.
Getting the most from the time you have available is a must at any level, and in this series, baseballs "Top Dog" shares how he gets the most from his athletes in batting practice.
Coach Gordie Gillespie has been dedicated to coaching for 52 years. Currently the Head Baseball Coach for Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, Coach Gillespie started his career at Joliet Catholic High School, serving as head coach for football, basketball, and baseball, earning a place in the Hall of Fame for all three sports. During his career, Coach Gillespie has signed 58 players to professional contracts and won four NAIA National Championships taking his teams to 15 World Series. In this video series, Coach Gillespie speaks to coaches, giving his philosophy on what it means to be a coach and what a coach can mean to the many young people involved in sports. Whether you are a coach, a player, or a parent, you will be inspired by his insight, passion, and dedication.
We were there when the mound at Mississippi State was uncovered after the winter and here are some tips from the fieldmaintenance experts at Warner's Athletic Construction (615-430-6664).
With the animated playbook, you'll see the pitch, the hit and runners advance as each player carries out his assignment. If there is one tool that "turns the light on" and makes baseball come alive...this is it!
This 60 minute baseball lecture will help you develop a simple and effective signal system to get your baserunners home.
In baseball, being able to bunt is only a small part of bunting strategy. The real skill is in knowing when to bunt and when to expect a bunt. That's just what Coach Polk covers in this baseball bunt defense philosphy series.
This baseball lecture series discusses controlling the running game from the mound. How do you control the game from the mound? Know which pitch to throw and when to throw it! Baseball - gotta love it!
This baseball coaching series covers the pitcher's workload pre-season, during the season, and post-season. This topic is critical in the proper development of pitchers at all levels - from the youth league to the big leagues.
When it comes to baseball and pitching, the change-up is a pitch that you just can't do without. This baseball video series covers the basics of throwing the change-up and how this pitch fits into your overall strategy.
The care and maintenance of a pitching arm is a subject worthy of detailed study. Coach demonstrates some exercises that can be used during the season and in the off season.
This baseball skills series starts with grips and moves to troubleshooting a pitcher. Coach covers both the change-up and curve ball pitches. This is "must have" information from the coach who has won 9 of the last 14 Alabama 6A state championships.
Throwing fundamentals...including some things you need to be aware of to help prevent arm injuries are covered in this information packed series.
In this baseball video series, Assistant Baseball Coach Tommy Raffo of Mississippi State University discusses and demonstrates the effective use of offensive bunting. Coach starts with the bunting stance and takes us through mechanics, position, directing, and the strategy of the bunt then puts it into action. This is a great series for coaches and advanced players.
Grips, stances plus drills and techniques to help teach and troubleshoot hitters, plus answers to questions people often have about hitting.
Starting with the stance, work to the load backside and stride, and finishing with approach to contact and the follow through, you'll develop a keen understanding of the mechanics that make up a great batting swing.
When you have limited time and resources, you need to effectively utilize everything you have. Here you'll see a great way to put a lot of hitters through their paces in the minimum time.
Whether the baseball is in the air to the warning track or on the ground snuggled up against the fence, the way in which the ball is retrieved is critical. In this baseball video series, proper communication and techniques are covered to hold the offense to as few bases as possible!
Where else can you get one of the worlds top coaches taking the time to demonstrate one of the most basic aspects of the game? No where we know of!
The drills and fundamentals that will help develop an effective infielder are demonstrated in this series by the head coach of the 2001 NAIA National Champions.
This Baseball video series is directed to the youth league coach. It's essential that the coach understand the role of the Catcher and be able to teach developing youth league athletes.
Drills and exercises to help keep your catcher at peak performance during the season.