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The Backhand

Backhands, Flat back, Glove open and out front with flexion in the elbow (infield).

Step 1 - Stance

Feet approximately shoulder width apart and parallel Good athletic position with knees flexed. Bat sits in fingers more than palm. Hand position even with back shoulder, elbows down and flexed. Head is level where you can see pitcher and release point with both eyes. Shows good rhythm. (hitting and swing mechanics)

Basketball Skills: Perimeter Moves

Playing at your own pace. (Basketball Individual Offense)

STEP 3 - APPROACH TO CONTACT

Bottom hand to the ball. Elbows remain flexed. Hand Route, hands inside the ball. Contact Point, Palm up/Palm down. Head over backside with firm front side. Back hip replaces front hip. Back knee closes to front knee in "L" position. (hitting and swing mechanics)

Flip Frame

Coach Russ McNickle talks about the Òflip frameÓ catching drill in baseball (catching).

Two Ball Drill

The ÒTwo ball drillÓ, one of the catching drills he uses to develop catchers that uses two balls and develops confidence with both hands (catching).

Planning and Performance

Your pitchers need to focus entirely on the tasks at hand, from the beginning to the very end. Put the mental parts in order and you'll be able to make more progress in your training session.

Basketball Skills: Dribble Post Moves

If the double team is coming from the weak side, it's time to dribble. Coach discusses proper dribbling techniques for the post, including how essential it is for players to be able to dribble the basketball with either hand. Repetition, repetition, repetition. (Basketball Individual Offense)

Basketball Skills: Perimeter Moves

The swim technique and opening to the piviot. (Basketball Individual Offense)

Basketball Skills: Perimeter Moves

The improtance of using both piviot feet (Basketball Individual Offense)

Audience Questions

Coach Tuberville fields questions from the audience.

Basketball Skills: Perimeter Moves

Using the inside shoulder and the rip technique (Basketball Individual Offense)

Basketball Strategy: Half-Court Offense Part 12 - Late Clock & High Low Plays

The clock is winding down, but your players need to keep going strong. In this video various late clock scenarios are discussed. Then, talk turns to High-Low Offense and ball screen or hand-off action.

Importance of Off-Season Training

The off season is where your boys become men. It's the time they can be pushed to do things they never thought they could do as they work to become bigger, faster, quicker and stronger.

STEP 4 - FOLLOW THROUGH

Balance throughout swing. Finish swing with good backside pivot. Head stays down. Chin finishes on back shoulder. (hitting and swing mechanics)

Warm Up Drills Part II

Several more warm-ups used at Mississippi State University to maintain strength in catching. The warm-ups include ÒSeated Twist upsÓ, ÒLoad the truckÓ, lunges, ÒSupermanÓ, and squats (catching).

Catching Drills

Three catching drills that he uses for baseball catching maintenance: the ÒBreaking ballsÓ drill, ÒHigh-Low PitchÓ drill, and ÒBlockingÓ drill (catching).

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Skills Part Two

In this segment, pitchers learn how to reduce stress on the arm while throwing effectively. Coach focuses on the Change-up and Curveball. Again the lesson learned is the importance of proper mechanics and grip to give power to the pitch.

Infield Play: Throwing the Baseball

Throwing the baseball across the infield takes a cool head and a controlled throw. Good control begins with holding the baseball correctly. Coach demonstrates finger and thumb position on the baseball for effective infield throwing. The Short Hop Drill shown will help players perfect their throwing skills.

Team Building: Trust

Trust is about knowing the other person is going to be where they need to be when you need them to be there - whether it is a time of success or failure. Trust allows players to demonstrate their commitment to their team and their teammates. It's essential to success on and off the baseball field. Coach discusses why in this video segment.

Zone Press

Here, Hatchett explains strategies for inbounding and advancing the basketball in a zone-press situation. With the ‘one’ and ‘two’ players setting a pick before breaking short and long respectively, Hatchett gives his inbounder four options to inbound the basketball.

Switch Screen And Roll

Pros - Good to use to eliminate three point shot, can confuse offense. Cons - Leads to mismatches. Coaching Points - switch aggressively, stay down in your stance, look for chances to switch back (basketball team defensive concepts)

Belly Up And Go Under The Screen "Four Behind"

Pros - Contain the Ball, Eliminate Screen and Flare, Not many can hit the shot off of the dribble. Cons - End of game situations can get passive. Coaching Points - Do not get "rolled into" by post, do not let the guard "play" you back and forth, contest all shots. (basketball team defensive concepts)

Basketball Strategy: Half-Court Offense Part 13 - Trapping the Post

Trapping the Post is the focus of this video, including who, where, when, and why to Trap.

Basketball Strategy: Half-Court Offense Part 11 - Practice Organization

Organizing basketball practice to include time on each facet of the game is important. Often, shooting skills take a back seat to other aspects of the game. Coach Self offers a simple shooting drill for use during practice.

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Three

The Slider is up next in this baseball pitching series. Then it's time to incorporate lower body mechanics into this pitching clinic. Using a "white line to white line" pitching drill, Coach teaches pitchers the proper way to rotate the body for maximum power.

Team Building: Communication Part Three

Too often Coaches see communication as a one way street. They tell athletes what to do and they do it. That may be necessary at times, but getting the feedback of your players will greatly improve success on the field. It will also give players a sense of ownership of the game. Open, honest communication will result in the emergence of natural leaders for your team. Learn some fun and innovatiive ways to teach this give and take to your athletes in this video.

Basketball Skills: European Style

Each player on the team working on every aspect of the game, doing the same drills - that's European style - and it's effective. (Basketball Individual Offense)

Question

Player does not use the screen and comes back off of the pick and roll, do you do anything special to force them into the screen? (basketball team defensive concepts)

Screen And Roll Drill

Basketball team defensive concepts

Hedge and Go Over The Top Trap

Aggressive, can stop the dribbler if you want to turn people over. Cons - Gets you spread out, puts your big man on a island susceptible to screen and flare. Coaching points - "Touch the Hip", "Show your numbers", "Make yourself Skinny" (basketball team defensive concepts)

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Seven

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. Coach discusses how the pros pitch and shows photos of proper body mechanics in this segment.

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Scott Spencer VO for tape 6054

Overview and background

An overview of the topics to be discussed in this lecture (hitting and swing mechanics)

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Five

Time to take a look at the Wind-up. Using a 5 count movement, pitchers learn how to do the wind-up properly with adequate weight retention for a solid pitch.

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Six

The Curveball with an extended stride depends on lower body mechanics, as do all breaking balls. The pitch itself will tell players what aspect of their mechanics needs fine-tuning. The key, as always, is rotation before forward movement.

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Eight

Coach wraps up this pitching clinic by showing the pros in the right positions for various pitches. Players learn how to read the pitch based on arm, head, and body position.

Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Four

In this segment, pitchers learn how to use the lower body and foot position to keep the pitch straight and keep from dropping the elbow. The "three count drill" demonstrated here works on balance. Then pitchers learn proper head position and how to pitch the baseball with power from the back to the front.

Having Fun Drills

This starts with drills that have a competitive twist to them that help the batters leave practice thinking about the day and looking to improve themselves at the next baseball practice.

Troubleshooting Hitting Drills

Hitters that don't get their whole body into the baseball, don't hit their best and this video starts with baseball hitting drills to get the hitter using their whole body when they connect with the baseball.

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Scott Spencer VO for tape 6054

Training Tools and Tips, Continued

This video provides tips and tools to help train and evaluate your pitcher's rise balls, screw balls, and spins and snaps by using various goody-bag items, such as weighted balls, tennis balls, footballs, etc.

Volleyball Offense: Serve Receive

Variations are important to keeping the other team off balance and coach Benson covers how variation can be integrated into your teams volleyball offense.

Softball Throwing Skills - The Swim

For a good throw, both arms need to be in the same slot when bringing the ball down. It's called the Swim - come straight down in straight circle with one arm following the other. This prevents throwing across the body and maximizes power. Coach demonstrates the proper throwing technique in this softball throwing drills video.

Volleyball Fundamentals: Forearm Passing

The medium posture is used for forearm passing. This segment is another of our volleyball passing drills for beginners that starts with the correct way to form a platform for passing the volleyball and how to adjust body position based on game action. This is simple passing drill allows players to practice modifying their posture and platform as the volleyball comes from various angles.

Creating Balance

Having pitchers throw from the set position instead of the wind up is a good technique to help create balance in a pitcher. (throwing and pitching)

Release Point

Where the baseball ends up after being thrown depends primarily on where the ball is released. (throwing and pitching)

Inboundnig Against Half Court Trap

In this video, Coach Hatchett discusses inbounding the basketball against a half-court trap. In this strategy, the ‘one’ player handles the ball, dribbling up one side of the floor with the ‘two’ guard working the middle of the floor in a reversal role, similar to their strategy for handling a full court press.

Converting to a Half-Court Offensive Set

Hatchett explains strategy for converting to a basic half-court offense when facing a half-court press. The offense will remain in the two-one-two set with a post player high until a convert signal is given. Then, the offense converts into a basic zone half-court offense.

Two-One-Two Set Against a Half Court Trap

Another strategy for handing a half-court trap, Hatchett explains how this formation gives the offense a couple of options depending on the defense’s reactions. The offense can remain in a two-one-two set if the defense remains in the half-court trap formation, or, convert to a half-court offense if the defense adjusts to man or zone coverage.