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Practice Drills to Improve Infield Play

with Jay Johnson,
University of Arizona Head Coach;
2016 NCAA College World Series Runner-Up;
former University of Nevada Head Coach; 2015 MWC Coach of the Year;
former University of San Diego Associate Head Coach/Hitting Coach, 4x West Coast Conference champions

An effective, productive infield that can consistently make outs for its pitcher is worth its weight in gold! Jay Johnson provides you a concise, yet informative resource for developing and enhancing great infielders with this video.

Using a progression of practice drills, Coach Johnson demonstrates 11 drills to stop all types of ground balls faced in the course of a game. Through a progression of dry ball and coach-toss drills, players learn to be quick and efficient at fielding ground balls.

Drills to Field Ground Balls

Master the art of teaching players how to field all types of ground balls from start to finish. Coach Johnson delivers 11 drills to train infielders how to execute and make plays on ground balls, catch and control the ball consistently, and deliver it to first base with a strong and accurate throw.

Drills include:

  • Prep Step - Teach players how to develop momentum and quickness by using a creep step and timing the ball getting to the play. Teach players to use bat angle to predict ball direction.
  • Routine Ground Ball - Teach players to get on the side of the ball and field with momentum going towards their target.
  • Straight Ground Balls - Field straight ground balls with momentum and effectiveness predicting hop patterns.
  • Slow Rollers - Field and make throws when fielding slow rollers.
  • Forehand Ground Balls - Develop first step quickness and take appropriate angles to field glove-side ground balls.
  • V-cut Ground Balls - Field ground balls with quickness and momentum without having to resort to backhanding the ball.
  • Back-hand Ground Balls - Teach how to field backhanders quickly.

Fielding Progression

Learn a logical progression for developing fielding mechanics and confidence for fielding different types of ground balls. After going through each type of ground ball individually, Coach Johnson's progression system goes from working with no ball, then to a stationary ball, progresses to fielding slow rollers, fielding grounders off the short and long fungo, getting repetitions during batting practice and coach-pitch scrimmages, and then progresses to game repetition.

Johnson highlights key steps to fielding successfully, such as creep/creep/hop approach, landing on both feet, landing on time as the ball is entering the hitting zone, keeping an athletic base, evaluating the swing angle of the hitter and knowing the speed of the hitter.

This is a great resource to develop your infielders. Coach Johnson's teaching can help anyone wanting to develop infielders, from youth to professional players.

37 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Essential Elements of a Successful Power Play: Breakouts, Entry Plays and Formations

with Enrico Blasi,
Miami University of Ohio Head Coach;
2009 national runner-up; 2 Frozen Four appearances;
2006 Spencer Penrose National College Coach of the Year;
2010 College Hockey News and CollegeHockey247.com National Coach of the Year honors; 5x CCHA Coach of the Year recipient

Coach Enrico Blasi takes you through the basic power play principles of creating scoring chances/opportunities, building momentum and scoring goals. The power play is all about supporting the puck, options and creating odd-man situations.

Breakouts

You are given three power play breakouts: All 5 Back, Double Post, and Single Post.

Coach Blasi diagrams each breakout and defines each player's role as the play progresses up ice, zone by zone. Each step of the way, you are shown passing options and what players must do to support the player with the puck and those away from the puck. By giving each player lane responsibilities/rules to follow, your team will create width and depth for effective exits from your zone and entries into the opponent's zone.

The on-ice session shows how crucial timing, speed and players knowing their routes on the breakout are to having a successful breakout and offensive zone entry.

Formations

Coach Blasi then goes back to the drawing board to take you through three power play formations: Overload, Umbrella, and 2/3 High-Low Support.

Detailed options are presented for each formation and then presented on ice in a walk through. Coach Blasi always has players looking for options with and away from the puck. Athletes always try to find the open man and create scoring chances with constant movement and creativity. Each power play formation has its own unique characteristics. This gives your power play the ability to adapt to your opponent's penalty kill system, quickly moving from one formation to another if needed.

This video from Enrico Blasi has everything you need to kick your power play up a notch!

28 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Paul Vincent's Secrets of the Pros Hockey 2-Pack
HD-05128A:

featuring Paul Vincent,
Director / Owner / Lead Instructor of PV Hockey;
skills instructor with over 35 years of coaching in the NHL working with the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup season, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild; as a coach, he has won championships at every level:

  • 2010 Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • NCAA National Championship (RPI)
  • Prep School Champion (Cushing Academy)
  • HS State Champion (St. John's Prep)

and Mike Donoghue,
Head Strength Coach & Director of Performance; trains all levels of athletes from NHL Professionals to Youth Players

As the speed of the game increases, it's important to understand how using the inside and outside edges of skate blades can get your players to the puck first, increase time and space between players and the opposition on offense, and eliminate time and space from opponents when on defense.

Longtime NHL skating coach Paul Vincent presents a simple, yet highly-tailored skating program that teaches players edge work and technique. Through repetition of these drills, skaters can improve speed and agility to gain an edge on the ice. Coach Vincent teaches stops and starts used by current and former NHL players that go beyond the basic V and crossover. This video also includes an essential off-ice segment that gives players the foundation to perform on-ice skills.

Drills to Become a Better Skater

Coach Vincent begins with a simple 15 minute warm-up that focuses on every aspect of skating. If done repetitively, this warm-up will provide a solid skating foundation of edge work, stride lengthening, balance, and agility.

Next, he covers stops and starts with five separate drills to stress the importance of explosive movements while using full control and focus. Although players may feel like they're falling, it's this motion that motivates the body to hit peak skating speed. By focusing on stopping and using body direction to their advantage, your athletes will gain an extra step on the opponent on their takeoffs.

Beginning with the crossover start, Vincent adds several examples of how specific players have adopted different types of transitions to gain an edge in the NHL. For example, Paul Kariya used a drag and stop technique that varies significantly from the normal start and stop taught to most hockey players.

From there, Vincent moves into the agility section, breaking down each move in a progressive manner. He demonstrates how length of stride plus frequency of stride equals speed. You'll see a series of edge to flat skating drills to teach balance, agility, and athletic positioning. Your players will focus on limiting extra upper body movements, which helps them control stride extension and recovery motions.

Coach Vincent adds four drills for perfecting the crossover, an important technique for gaining speed and momentum. He breaks down the crossover by isolating each specific movement before putting it all together at the end.

Off-Ice Skating Training

Through a progression of over 15 exercises, strength training coaches Mike Donoghue and Artie Hairton demonstrate off-ice drills and stretches that facilitate performance of Coach Vincent's skating program. They focus on hip flexion, weight transfer, lateral hip stability and single leg strengthening drills.

Becoming a better athlete is the underlying focus that all up-and-coming players should strive for, and this video will show you how to help your players achieve that goal!

98 minutes. 2017.



HD-05128B:

featuring Paul Vincent,
Director / Owner / Lead Instructor of PV Hockey;
skills instructor with over 35 years of coaching in the NHL working with the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup season, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild; as a coach, he has won championships at every level:

  • 2010 Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • NCAA National Championship (RPI)
  • Prep School Champion (Cushing Academy)
  • HS State Champion (St. John's Prep)

In this video, Coach Paul Vincent uses his straightforward skill development concepts to teach you how to take your players' stick handling and passing game to a higher level.

This video features instruction for players of all ages that will develop a wider range of motion with the puck and sharp passing and receiving skills. Vincent's no-nonsense approach is detailed, yet easy to follow.

Off-Ice Training

Athleticism is not only built with on-ice training, but reinforced off-ice as well. Vincent integrates two off-ice coaches, Mike Donoghue and Artie Hairston, to help you learn everything you need to beef up your off-ice training program. The off-ice training includes 11 exercises that enhance players' overall athleticism. Training focuses on improving core function and using plyometrics to increase explosiveness.

On-Ice Training

Using a progression and breaking the skills down to components, Coach Vincent presents over 30 stick handling and passing drills used to demonstrate the full range of motion and hand, foot, and eye coordination needed to succeed. Drills include:

  • Big Sweep - A technique to utilize a full range of motion that uses the bottom hand slide, which was developed by European players to create more space and optimize deception.
  • Post to Post - A puck handling drill to break the habit of hand tucking. The drill shows players how to be ready to pass, shoot, or make evasive moves without tipping off the opponent to their intention.
  • Bunt Passing - Uses the short stick blade to reinforce passing and handling the puck on the heel to mid part of the blade, which is the strength of the stick blade. Also helps athletes quickly move the puck from reception to release with accuracy and speed.
  • Two Net Lane Passing With Defender - This is a continuous cycle drill that shows the importance of dropping the puck.

Vincent's drills serve coaches and players at all age levels and reinforce key stickhandling and passing techniques. You'll see how to better utilize tools readily available tools at your rink to create stimulating drills. Help your players learn to execute deceptive moves and heads-up puck handling today!

78 minutes. 2017.



DVD
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Open Practice: Game-like Transition Drills for Practice

with Matt Painter,
Purdue University Head Coach;
3x Big Ten `Coach of the Year'; 2x Sweet Sixteen appearances,
Big Ten regular-season ('09) and tournament ('10) champions;
2009 US U19 National Team (Assistant Coach), Gold Medalist at the FIBA U19 World Championship

How do coaches get their practices to simulate game-like situations? Too often, players go through the motions at practice and expect to just 'turn on a switch' when it's time for the game. In this video, three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Matt Painter, gives you his methods to make his practices as game-like as possible.

You'll see three fast break and transition drills that you can implement with your team. Learn the importance of having different ways to score drills to emphasize what is important within your basketball program. Also, you'll view how to effectively work on your press and press break situations within practice.

Transition Drills

Coach Painter shows you "the progression drill," 3-on-2 to 2-on-1, and the Kansas City drill to help emphasize transition basketball within your practices. You will see:

  • The value of kicking the ball ahead in transition
  • How to get your team to talk effectively and consequences if they do not
  • See how to emphasize more than just the 3-point shot, and get the ball inside
  • How to condition your players in game-like transition drills

Press Situations

Coach Painter gives you two key press drills that you can use to help press and break the press. The 7 Minute Press game and the Competitive Press drill get your team to work on and against a press in a game-like situation. You will see:

  • How to use the concept of "double points" to penalize your team for turning the ball over.
  • How to work on your man and zone press within the same drill.
  • How to make use of your assistant coaches so they can lead teams.

5 Ball Shooting

Coach Painter uses his 5 Ball Shooting drill to get his players conditioned and get game-like shots up during practice. He also uses this drill to get players talking and communicating with one another. See how to make this drill competitive in your own practice, so that every shot and layup matter.

Coach Painter gives you insight into his open practice and how he gets his team to be competitive to help simulate game-like situations. This video is a must-have for any coach that is looking to run competitive practices.

66 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Defending the Pick-and-Roll

with Dwane Casey,
Toronto Raptors (NBA) Head Coach; Most career wins in Raptors franchise history;
Led Toronto to the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals;
won a NBA Championship as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks (2011)

With the prevalence of ball screens at all levels of basketball, pick & roll defense should be one of the foremost concerns for any coach. Dwane Casey shows you the tactics the Toronto Raptors employ to shut down side and middle pick & rolls versus elite NBA competition.

Defending Side Pick & Roll

Coach Casey will show you two ways to shut down side pick & rolls based on the player who's covering the ball. You will learn how you can match-up with the ball in the middle to neutralize any advantages that might be created off a high pick & roll. In addition to these most common ball-screening actions, you will also learn how to defend Laker cuts, split screens, doubling the post, and ball screens out of the Horns set.

Defending Mid Pick-and-Roll

Coach Casey explains how to use the "weak" strategy against pick & rolls in the middle of the floor. You'll learn important details such as how your post players can keep the ball in front and how to communicate with the on-ball defender to switch or recover back to their man. You will learn how to teach your help defenders to "tag" the roller from either single- or double-side situations.

Coach Casey also demonstrates how to handle two unorthodox situations that are created by crafty ball handlers, such as when dribblers continue their drive underneath the basket or when the dribbler uses the "cross-grain" to change direction immediately after a ball screen.

Finally, you'll learn the most popular option in the NBA for shutting down side ball screens with the "Blue" tactic. Gain strategies for defending the screener when they roll or pop to the elbow. Casey also demonstrates how to force turnovers by turning "Blue" into a trap.

This video gives you the ability to effectively guard the pick & roll, whether you are playing in man or zone defense.

46 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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