During the above video, you’ll learn about the importance of the two strike stance and about a softball drill great for getting your players comfortable and ready for this type of situation. The two strike stance is one that you use in a game situation where the batter has two strikes. We want the hitter to feel comfortable in that situation knowing that they open their zone a little bit, they widen their stance, and they shorten their swing. We practice this softball drill every day at practice so that the players are comfortable in that two strike situation. It’s [More]
The toe touch position is one of the most important to look at in hitting. All great hitters get to the toe touch position differently. Toe touch is important because it is the last position we are in before swinging. This video recaps what happens at toe touch from the ground all the way up to the arms and hands.
This video details proper shoulder rotation when hitting a fastpitch softball. The video compares a correct rotation side-by-side with one that is incorrect. Both videos are stopped and graphically diagrammed for visual reference. The main point is that the shoulder does not rotate on the same axis as the hips do.
This video explores a couple of ways to use an Easton Training Stick, emphasizing how it can be used in pre-game warmups.
This video deals with how the catcher should field the bunt. The area of the field that is the catcher’s responsibility is pointed out as well as positioning for bunts down the first base side. Explains how the catcher should scoop the ball off the ground with mitt and hand.
A team’s defense is not complete until infield bunt defense is perfected. In most bunt defense situations the 3rd baseman has priority over who will get the ball. the 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, and pitcher are not the only infielders involved in bunt defense procedures. The 2nd baseman should also be yelling where the ball is going to based on the angle of the bat and where the pitch is leading to.
This video goes into the importance of the sacrifice bunt and how each player on the team should be able to execute the sacrifice bunt. There are three keys to a sacrifice bunt. The first key is stance and there are two ways to stand to sacrifice bunt. The first stance squares your body up completely toward the pitcher. The second stance is to turn to face the pitcher without squaring your lower body. The second key to sacrifice bunting is hand placement. The top hand should be brought up the bat and hid behind the barrel and the bottom [More]
This softball baserunning instructional video details proper run through and breakdown when running through first base. Emphasis is put on hitting the outside front corner of base (not top of base) which is the closest place to touch. The player should look toward the field after crossing the base and breaking down to find the ball. Video also explains rule of making an attempt (feinting) toward second base and in what instances you can and cannot be tagged out. Proper base turns are also demonstrated using a gradual swing out as opposed to a “question mark” when running to first [More]
This video talks about the four quadrants of the base and which should be used for rounding the base. When rounding the base, the runner should hit the front inside corner and use the base as a push off point to accelerate the runner toward the next base. The player should make the tightest turn possible when rounding the base and each player will have different optimum turns and distances they need to swing out. The key to the turn is that you want a straight line from first base to second base. Make sure the turn is in stride [More]