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Cover: dominate the plate: drills for becoming a complete hitter
Dominate the Plate: Drills for Becoming a Complete Hitter

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Repetitions are key to developing good hitters, but getting hitters to do those reps will often create a robotic or mechanical swing. Coach Edwin Thompson takes you inside an EKU hitting practice and shows you how he helps players 'put purpose behind every swing.'

Thompson shares a large number of individual hitting drills that will improve your ability to hit for average and power. He incorporates a progression of tee work, front flips, batting practice and pitching machine work to help players transition from the "Zoo to Jungle." With more than two dozen drills, this video offers something for all areas of player development related to individual offense:Drills that address critical components of the stance, stride and swing will improve mechanics that allow for a quick reacting, explosive swing. Game-like drills for pitch recognition and reaction coupled with situational hitting are also shared to further prepare you for success on game day.

Over 25 Progressive Drills to Dominate the Plate

Having a progression of drills allows your hitters to work on perfecting their swing based on their individual needs. Thompson starts with all of the tee work that a player needs to improve their swing and continues through a natural progression of incorporating front flip work, a fun twist on traditional batting practice, and some dynamic pitching machine work.

The Colonel Drill is a fun drill that can be done in the cage or on the field during live batting practice. It is designed to help the player make split-second, game-like decisions. It can be controlled in such a way that you increase or decrease the "pressure" applied to the hitter.

The Combination Tee Drill utilizes two tees and coach commands to work on quick reactions, changes in timing with fastball and off-speed pitches, striding under control, and keeping the head down and shoulder in until committing to an inside or outside pitch call. This type of game-like drill will improve motor memory and chances for success on game day.

Other drills include:

  • Underload/Overload hitting to develop consistency and hitting bat speed.
  • Elephant Trunk Drill to develop rhythm in young hitters.
  • Wall Drill to develop a compact swing.
  • Cardinal Drill to enhance pitch recognition, combining tee and flip drills into one effective drill.
  • Machine drills to develop tracking and bat speed.
  • Over-speed drills to adjust to varying speeds in hitting.
  • Zone hitting batting practice to help hitters look for their pitch and adjust accurately to varying planes of pitches.
  • And more!

Coach Thompson does a fantastic job of incorporating drill work that enhances athleticism and improves hitting mechanics without players becoming mechanical. This is a great resource for any coach wanting a comprehensive tool for teaching hitters to become great.

51 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: situational hitting: team drills to manufacture more runs
Situational Hitting: Team Drills to Manufacture More Runs

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Everyone has seen and maybe even been part of a traditional batting practice that's boring, mindless, and only mildly effective. Well, there's no more need to follow that model in your practices! Coach Edwin Thompson demonstrates 10 team drills that you'll be able to use to develop a juggernaut offense.

Learn how Thompson changes the approach rapidly to keep players focused on new goals with almost every swing. Make practices more competitive by challenging your hitters to pass a hitting exam. Then, get the whole team involved with competitive bunt and flip scrimmages, as well as different versions of batting practice.

Coach Thompson employs a unique approach to baseball: evaluate your players' strengths to adjust your offense to those strengths. Through a series of stations, players perform all possible in-game situations they can face in a real game.

Hitting Exam

Hitters need to be prepared for situations where the game is on the line and they have to get the bunt down, or when they must get a 2-out hit with runners on base. Help simulate that game-like pressure in practice by having your hitters complete a hitting exam. Thompson uses this as a benchmark for players and it helps him understand how to develop a player development plan that's specific to their skills.

In four rounds of batting practice, the hitter will be given various tasks for each swing, and will have to be successful a certain number of times to pass the test. Knowing what type of hitters you have allows you to structure practices for each hitter to capitalize on their strengths.

Bunt and Flip Scrimmage

Get the whole team involved with either bunt or flip scrimmages, where you can work simultaneously on offense and defense.

  • Bunt scrimmage - A fun approach to encourage your hitters to make reads and develop their sacrifice, drag, and push bunt skills.
  • Flip scrimmage - A live and fast-paced approach to helping base runners and hitters improve their offensive mindset and ability to execute in different situations.

Batting Practice

Coach Thompson offers seven different versions of batting practice to challenge hitters with varying goals, purposes, and intensities. In one particular pressure batting practice drill, a hitter has to learn to deal with distractions, including hecklers. The coach will have teammates stand around the cage, yelling and trying to distract the hitter, forcing them to focus if they want to be successful.

Every baseball team wants to gain effectiveness and efficiency in their batting practice. This video gives you the blueprint to do just that! Coach Thompson shows you how to help your players prepare to compete and execute under pressure.

71 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: edwin thompson's hitting drills 2-pack
Edwin Thompson's Hitting Drills 2-Pack
LD-05305A:

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Repetitions are key to developing good hitters, but getting hitters to do those reps will often create a robotic or mechanical swing. Coach Edwin Thompson takes you inside an EKU hitting practice and shows you how he helps players 'put purpose behind every swing.'

Thompson shares a large number of individual hitting drills that will improve your ability to hit for average and power. He incorporates a progression of tee work, front flips, batting practice and pitching machine work to help players transition from the "Zoo to Jungle." With more than two dozen drills, this video offers something for all areas of player development related to individual offense:Drills that address critical components of the stance, stride and swing will improve mechanics that allow for a quick reacting, explosive swing. Game-like drills for pitch recognition and reaction coupled with situational hitting are also shared to further prepare you for success on game day.

Over 25 Progressive Drills to Dominate the Plate

Having a progression of drills allows your hitters to work on perfecting their swing based on their individual needs. Thompson starts with all of the tee work that a player needs to improve their swing and continues through a natural progression of incorporating front flip work, a fun twist on traditional batting practice, and some dynamic pitching machine work.

The Colonel Drill is a fun drill that can be done in the cage or on the field during live batting practice. It is designed to help the player make split-second, game-like decisions. It can be controlled in such a way that you increase or decrease the "pressure" applied to the hitter.

The Combination Tee Drill utilizes two tees and coach commands to work on quick reactions, changes in timing with fastball and off-speed pitches, striding under control, and keeping the head down and shoulder in until committing to an inside or outside pitch call. This type of game-like drill will improve motor memory and chances for success on game day.

Other drills include:

  • Underload/Overload hitting to develop consistency and hitting bat speed.
  • Elephant Trunk Drill to develop rhythm in young hitters.
  • Wall Drill to develop a compact swing.
  • Cardinal Drill to enhance pitch recognition, combining tee and flip drills into one effective drill.
  • Machine drills to develop tracking and bat speed.
  • Over-speed drills to adjust to varying speeds in hitting.
  • Zone hitting batting practice to help hitters look for their pitch and adjust accurately to varying planes of pitches.
  • And more!

Coach Thompson does a fantastic job of incorporating drill work that enhances athleticism and improves hitting mechanics without players becoming mechanical. This is a great resource for any coach wanting a comprehensive tool for teaching hitters to become great.

51 minutes. 2018.



LD-05305B:

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Everyone has seen and maybe even been part of a traditional batting practice that's boring, mindless, and only mildly effective. Well, there's no more need to follow that model in your practices! Coach Edwin Thompson demonstrates 10 team drills that you'll be able to use to develop a juggernaut offense.

Learn how Thompson changes the approach rapidly to keep players focused on new goals with almost every swing. Make practices more competitive by challenging your hitters to pass

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the dna of successful pitching
The DNA of Successful Pitching

with Byron Embry,
Founder and Lead Instructor of Pitching 101;
pitched 12 professional seasons in the Braves, Royals and Mariners organizations;
Coach Embry has helped develop over 6,000 pitchers worldwide, as well as working as consultant to dozens of high and collegiate programs.

Successful pitchers have to be deceptive in many ways. The great pitchers in baseball keep opponents guessing every step of the way. Finding ways to disguise your pitches and pick-off moves will keep batters struggling to get on base, and if they do, will eliminate their running game.

Using a progression of pitching practice drills, Byron Embry teaches how to throw four pitches to command and throw them in different situations. He also shows various pick-off moves to control base runners and rotation drills to gain more control and movement with breaking pitches.

Pitches

Coach Embry offers a breakdown of major pitches that a high school pitcher would need and how to incorporate them in game situations. He teaches you grips and pitching techniques of the 4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, traditional curve ball, knuckle curve, traditional change-up, circle change and slider. Learn the features of each pitch, why they do what they do, and why they are so effective when they look the same. Understanding how a pitch works will help athletes throw it correctly.

Successful pitchers must find ways to disguise their pitches, leaving batters guessing what's coming next. The emphasis on a repeatable arm action is essential for any pitcher's success. Coach Embry's techniques are proven to create that necessary repeatability. He shows two different grips for the fastball, and two grips for the curve ball. In addition, Embry passes along tips on how to throw the change up and slider more effectively. Get more swings and misses by making your pitches look similar while getting them to break more!

Pitching Drills

Embry shares progression drills that help to build the pitcher from the ground up. His focus is on technique and incorporating a young pitcher's natural talents as a way to grow the pitching style. He offers a seated spin drill to help the pitcher initially isolate the arm action, allowing him to perfect his spin on the pitch. Gradually, the pitcher will back up and incorporate more of the body and throwing motion, while working to continue the perfected spin.

Embry also introduces the spread drill that helps the pitcher work on loose arm action while eliminating some of the leg movement.

Pick-off Moves

If you can shorten the lead that runners are able to take, your catchers will have a much better chance to throw out potential base stealers. Learn three different pick-off moves to make it more difficult for runners to steal while you're on the mound!

Embry shows you how to throw and disguise your pitches, using two drills to develop the correct spin and make your pitches break. Let one of the best pitching instructors in the game, Byron Embry, show you how to keep opponents guessing by being deceptive on the mound!

"My team's ace was struggling with understanding the concept of rotation for breaking balls. Using the rotation drills in this video, he quickly grasped the concept and has gone undefeated since then, developing a nasty breaking ball that no one can hit hard." - Customer Review

43 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: troubleshooting with the live arm
Troubleshooting with the Live Arm

with Byron Embry,
Founder and Lead Instructor of Pitching 101;
pitched 12 professional seasons in the Braves, Royals and Mariners organizations;
Coach Embry has helped develop over 6,000 pitchers worldwide, as well as working as consultant to dozens of high and collegiate programs.

In a highly specialized skill like pitching, it's easy for a pitcher to fall into common mistakes. Learn how to troubleshoot many common mistakes with Byron Embry. Using a progression of pitching practice drills, Embry teaches how to develop pitcher mechanics, pitch command, pitch location, strategy, and mental aptitude.

Overthrown Pitches

All pitchers want to throw the ball hard, so it's common for pitchers to fall into the trap of overthrowing their pitches. Coach Embry introduces six drills for pitchers to combat overthrowing the fastball, curve, or change up. In one drill, pitchers throw with a towel instead of a ball, helping them mimic the flexibility of the towel with the arm itself. Learn how to put pitchers who overthrow in a competitive setting with games to help them become more consistent.

Pitching Strategy

In order for a pitcher to be more than just a thrower, they must understand the strategy of pitching. Learn the difference between the strike zone and the hitting zone, and how to appear to change speeds by changing locations using the concept of effective velocity. Embry also explains how to make batters uncomfortable and expand the plate by pitching inside.

Pick-off Moves

Learn how to neutralize runners on base with a pick-off move that will make even the fastest runners think twice about taking a big lead. Embry introduces a way to disguise your pick move to get runners at first base to start their secondary lead, leaving them as sitting ducks! Also, learn an effective third to second move to bail you out of a jam when you have multiple runners on base.

Embry covers several of the common mistakes pitchers make and how to correct those problems with six drills. He also explains the strategy pitchers need to know for success, and pickoff moves to help shut down the opponent's running game. 'Up your game' and take down your opponents by learning how to troubleshoot common pitching mistakes!

60 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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