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Volleyball Defense 101: Rotation Defense Part One

The Rotation Defense in volleyball is geared to pick up tips. Beginning with the volleyball being set to the outside, Coach goes over the movement and court responsibility of each position. It's essential that players know their area of responsibility. Coach also discusses how this volleyball defensive strategy can be adjusted based on the skill level of your players.

The Basics: What Parents Need to Know About Middle School Football

Coaching football takes commitment. Playing football takes commitment. But, being the parent of a young athlete takes dedication to a new level. From practice schedules and medical exam requirements, to planning family vacations around game days - coaches and athletes aren't the only ones who have to demonstrate their dedication to the team.

Six Point Explosion Drill

Football offensive line drills are about Power. It starts with the stance: Six Points. The offensive lineman is ready to explode on to the field. Hike! Shoot the hands. Watch knowledge, skill, and good coaching come together in an explosion of power. Then watch the defense crumble. But first, watch this football offensive line drills video.

Football Squeeze Technique

This series of football drills teach and reinforce the squeeze technique used by defensive linemen. Don't skip any of this video because there are coaching points you'll find all through it.

Baseball Signs And Signals: Who's On First?

The Coach, that's who. Players depend on the Coach to know the game - inside and out. That's why a coach has to develop baseball signs and signals that feel comfortable - that allow players to respond without being distracted. Coach Polk offers up humor and reality in this introduction to baseball offensive signal systems.

Hand Action Drill

Remember! Getting the hand action down is important to any defensive lineman and even though this drill will have your defensive linemen laughing because they feel like they are playing a girls game of "patty cake", the basic hand technique to win in the trenches is learned and reinforced.

Mug Drill - Neutralizing an Opponent's Speed

This football drill is best suited for teaching players how to use skill to beat speed on the field. Players learn how "to take the arms out" of the opponent's running motion so that the runner is contained. These are basic high school football practice drills with tremendous potential for controlling game play.

The Nuts And Bolts

Obviously, if you want to improve some aspect of your pitchers performance, you must be able to measure how your pitcher is perfuming in that area.

This video shows you how to measure and improve the 4 areas covered in part II as your pitcher works hard to become an elite strikeout artist.

This is stuff you can take to the bullpen today!

Pass Rushing

This drill starts by pitting your defensive linemen's pass rush against a set of pop up dummies where they learn to club and rip the offensive linemen. Next your defensive linemen pass rush the dummies again and work on their club arm over punch and getting to the quarterback. If the defensive lineman is ripping or clubbing with an arm over, he must always be aware of his hip position so he is ready to move toward the football with a vicious pass rush.

After defeating the pop-up dummies and perfecting their techniques, the defensive linemen work the same pass rushing drills one-vs-one against an actual offensive lineman. Watch this video not only to learn and understand the drills, but to sharpen your own ability to pick up the things that need to be brought to your defensive linemen's attention so you can develop a defensive front that is known for their awesome pass rushing.

Pitching With Your Fastball

Coach Weinstein covers things that have worked for his pitching staff when throwing the fastball. The fastball is your pitchers critical pitch because no matter what pitch your pitcher throws, the pitch should leave the pitchers hand looking like a fast ball. This video is full of information you need to teach the fastball and then use it as the basis for any other pitch your pitcher throws.

Hitting Wrap Session

Coach Page is one of many outstanding baseball coaches speaking at the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association winter clinic. For more information about The AlaBCA click here.

Football Hammer Drill

The hammer drill is a defensive line drill that works on your defensive lineman's ability to use leverage and lean as he works his way around the offensive linemen on his way to the quarterback. Watch this defensive line drill video as Coach Cochran pits a defensive lineman against 2 teammates using dummies and helps his defensive linemen perfect their defensive skills.

Step and Punch Pass Block Video

In this football skills segment, offensive linemen work on picking up the blitz, twist, and other stunts. Starting with the proper stance and alignment for the vertical set, you'll insure your offensive linemen understand their pass block technique of stepping and punching.

Then, this offensive line drill puts a defensive rusher against the lineman who twists and turns to break thru. The offensive lineman treats this as a mirror drill and holds his block against the defender.


A short introduction and overview of how Coach Burrow organizes the drills he uses to have each task build on the last one and prepare for the next one (linebacker drills).

Softball Skills: Defense

Half the game of softball is defense, so here is a discussion on defensive strategies (Softball Defensive Strategy).

Evaluation and Tryout Process Organizational Meeting

All baseball coaches should hold an organizational meeting for prospective players and their parents before evaluations and tryouts begin. This meeting should provide interested players and their parents information regarding what will be expected of the aspiring player during the tryout process and what criteria will be used in player selection.

What is Good Deceleration

The idea of creating good deceleration sounds great, but unless you know what good deceleration looks like, you can't teach it to your pitcher and make it a regular part of his pitching arm care

Hoop Drill Football

In this pass rushing drill your defensive linemen work on keeping their hips down and feet moving quickly as they work around the offensive lineman on their way to the quarterback.

Because the quarterback isn't going to stand still in the backfield, your defensive lineman must be able to quickly change direction and this set of hoop drills also works on changing direction with a figure 8 pattern.

Swim, Swim Tackle and get the ball!

This video begins with the defensive lineman working against one blocking dummy until the swim technique is practiced and perfected. Next the defensive linemen work against 3 dummies, swimming left, right then changing direction to move downhill to secure the tackle.
Study each set of defenders as they move through these football drills and use this opportunity to teach yourself to detect areas that need correction with each football player. As you learn to detect and correct the subtle points, you will field a better defensive line and become a better football coach.

Football Skills and Drills: The Safety - Backpeddle and Break

These football drills put the free safety to work. Coach John Pledger works with these young athletes on the Backpdeal and Break. The Reaction Drill helps players learn how to increase Backpdeal speed while reading the action to make the break. Breaking at an angle, straight back, or turn and go are all covered in this football drill.

Coach Len Elkins - Football Defensive Coordinator

Coach Len Elkins, Defensive coordinator of Clay-Chalkville High School introduces himself in this first football video segment. (Coaching Defensive Ends).

BGO Drill progression

As we begin the ball get off drills, teach your defensive linemen to line up as close to the neutral zone as they possibly can. Getting as close to the neutral zone as they can helps neutralize the offensive lineman's first step, giving your defensive lineman an edge.

In this drill, when the ball moves, the defensive lineman penetrates into the offensive backfield, recognizes a toss sweep, then the defensive lineman redirects flat toward where the ball will be to make the tackle. The redirection is key in this drill, the lineman must learn to get his toe planted into the ground so he can quickly redirect down the line.

NOTE: This is a "Ball Get Off" drill, so your defensive lineman must look at the ball to know when to fire off so have fun trying to pull them off sides...he shouldn't move till the ball moves!

Everything isn't a toss sweep, so your defensive lineman must know the keys that scream "pass play"...the offensive lineman getting in a pass block posture is probably clue number 1. This portion of the drill works on recognizing a pass and knowing when the quarterback has decided to pass. Knowledge of these "pass cues" helps your defensive lineman know when to start trying to block the pass and finally when the pass is thrown your lineman practices his redirect toward the football to help make the play.

Volleyball: Fast Tempo Offense

A fast tempo offense is a great system that lets you play into your strengths and your opponents weaknesses.

The Limp Arm Counter

When your defensive lineman realized the offensive lineman isn't a pushover, it's time for him to use the "Limp Arm Counter" to continue the rush into the backfield. Using armed dummies this video shows the 3 step technique your defensive linemen need to use to counter the offensive lineman when he stops the rush. Like most defensive line drills, this drill is worked from both the left side and the right side.

Basketball's Match-up Defense: Fundamentals

Coach Ciampi gives an overview of the Match-Up Defense Strategy in this first basketball video. The strengths of the Match-Up Defense? Pressure on the ball. Minimize second chance points. Take away the inside passing lanes. "Non-shooters" get a shot with the basketball. It's an aggressive defense that drives the action with a team centered approach to play.

Wristband Tidbits

Everyone has their own wristband system and this video gives you a base to work on as you develop your own wristband system. If you can give your team a simple, unbreakable code that can allow them to simply look to the sideline, glance at their wristband then perform his assignment you are way ahead of the game.

Softball Hitting: Basics of the Swing

Coach covers the fundamentals of hitting: balance, connection, and extension, then quickly moves into the details of the swing. The two parts of the swing are discussed and the key to a good swing, including a good grip. Included are techniques for teaching the grip.

Softball Philosophy

The ground rules of a team set the tone and you should have your own philosophy, here's the rules the Northwest Florida Softball team. There short, sweet and simple.

Lineman Fundamentals

This drill series starts at the beginning and covers a balanced offensive line stance so the defensive lineman gets a few hints as possible about where the football is going. Your offensive linemen may end up feeling like basketball players, but they will have a stance that is balanced!

basic football skills and drills: Ball Handling and The Hand-off Drill

It's not enough to get your hands on the football; You have to know how to hang on to it. This basic football skills and drills session covers Ball Handling - how and where on the body to hold the football so that it is protected in running and tackling situations. Using the Hand-Off Drill basic Ball Handling Drills, athletes work on moving the ball from side-to-side keeping it away from the defense. You can find more running back skills here.

Slap Hitting Overview

Coach Mullins gives us an overview of slap hitting and the things a coach should look for in a slap hitter.

Specific Baseball Infield Drills By Position

In addition to general infield baseball drills, there are drills that are specific to an infield baseball players position. This video segment covers drills that are specific to third base, middle infield and the first baseman.

Offensive Passing Package

This video begins with X's and O's on an overhead projector covering some of the options your wide receivers have against the defense, then shows how effective these technique are using game film and questions from football coaches in the audience. It's not just about the receivers, you'll also get information about how your quarterback needs to read a defense in order to effectively use the strategies presented in this clinic.

The Big Picture

Knowing the big picture about your team important as you set the tone for your season.

Basketball Drills: Help Defense - Part One

Coach begins this basketball skills series with a lesson on Help Defense. Communication is a large part of this lesson. This basketball drill is a continuous drill that uses a lot of chatter and energy as players hone their skills.

Wide Receiver Skills - Perfect Route Drills: Quick Game Routes

These Perfect Route Drills are a great tool for teaching athletes how to run routes. Always begin with a good stance and start to minimize false steps and get an explosive take off. Coach goes through the Hitch, the Quick Out, and the Slant Routes checking body position at each point. Running these routes correctly ensures no wasted movement and little time for the defensive back to react!

O Line: Film Review 1

Each football video is worth watching in this series and you'll see and hear discussions on hand placements, foot position, attitude and more using the days video footage.

Shoulder Stabilization Drills

Coach Yeager of The Southeastern Line Camp was covers shoulder stabilization drills and exercises to help build effective football linemen.

The Power of the Coach: What Are the Pros and Cons of Travel Basketball?

Youth Basketball Coach Rick Swing discusses the good and bad of travel basketball in this video segment. From the benefits of healthy competition to the pitfalls of a win versus learn" attitude, Coach shares his perspectives of the travel team approach.

Defensive Line Drill For Inside Draw

In this defensive line drill, your linemen learn that their first priority is the pass rush, but they also learn that they must react quickly using an inside spin move when they recognize an inside draw play in order to stop the ball carrier. Your defensive linemen also learn to recognize an outside screen as they are rushing the passer, then they quickly break off the pass rush and pursue the ball carrier.

Building An Offensive Package

This technique helps you find offensive formations that are effective against a defense that you've scouted. These formations rely on a skill based offense where offensive players can be lined up into any formation and the skills they have learned in practice still apply. This technique is very flexible and best of all you don't have to have your opponent completely scouted by Sunday afternoon. This offense relies on wristbands and sound offensive skills and you can change things easily on Tuesday morning or in the middle of the second quarter. As you watch this clinic have a pad and paper handy to take some notes. PS This was an early Saturday morning clinic that was well attended and full of questions...proof that people were eager to hear what Coach Yeager had to say.

Perimeter Defense - Set to Right Antenna

Guess what this video covers! You got it - perimeter defense with the ball set to the right antenna! No, not the rabbit-ear kind. (Sorry couldn't resist.) Coach covers the responsibilities of each defensive player as they move from base to read positions to defend their turf, uh, court.

Softball Drills: Small Ball Batting Practice

Using a small wiffle golf ball and a wooden dowel you'll help your hitters develop great hand-eye coordination. Try side toss and hitting the ball like it's thrown from the pitcher. This is a great drill to do in a yard with limited space!

Drills for screen and draw blocking

Footwork, proper running angles, and speed are just a part of the focus in these football drills as Coach Richards teaches offensive linemen sound techniques for blocking draw plays and screens.

Your center and guard must be proficient doing a bear crawl because their assignment in this drill is to neutralize the defensive tackle.

Your offensive tackle must be quick to get to the linebacker using speed and agression to do his job.

Using the techniques in these drills, your offense will be able to effectively use screens and draws to move the ball down the football field.

Auburn Volleyball: What to Expect

Wade Benson, head volleyball coach at Auburn University covers the background of Auburn Volleyball and looks forward to the coming years.

Throwing Program For Pitchers

A Baseball pitcher MUST throw, and a throwing program that helps him get better as the season progresses just makes sense. Coach Sprowl covers a simple, time tested pitching program that he uses at Shelton State

Georgia Southern Strength Program

The philosophy of your athletic program should filter down to your strength program. In this video, Coach Melton covers the Georgia Southern Strength Program and gives ideas about how you can adapt their program to yours.

Coaching Basketball: 3 Plays

Starting with a standard looking 1-3-1 basketball offense, we can create a vacuum in the defense that gives your team a shot and chance to score.

Basketball Skills: Post Moves

Coach Eric Carr from the Auburn Basketball Camp works with these young athletes on Post Moves. The focus is High Post Moves and High Post Shooting that allow players to get the basketball to the basket when the defense is putting on the pressure.

Catcher Overview

There are characteristics that a good catcher must have to be successful, here's some thoughts on what makes a great catcher for a baseball team. This video covers the receiving stance and action stance.


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