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Cover: competitive cage drills to build an effective hitter!
Competitive Cage Drills to Build an Effective Hitter!

with Gino DiMare,
University of Miami Associate Head Coach; 2016 NCAA College World Series;
Back-to-Back-to-Back ACC Coastal Division Champions (2014-16)

Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in any sport and having the knowledge and ability to teach players how to maximize their potential is a must. Gino DiMare provides this capability in this video with a step-by-step cage routine to build a hitter's complete approach at the plate.

Coach DiMare teaches the "feel" for zone hitting, a skill often neglected by coaches. Players will learn how to approach every zone above the plate, and hit with authority through a series of specific, competitive drills that will build a hitter's approach and confidence. This systematic routine works hitters with a series of tee, front toss, cross toss and coach pitch drills to build a batter's capabilities to be successful every inch of the zone to drive the ball to all fields.

He goes a step further and works on the mental side of hitting by placing hitters in game scenarios. By teaching players how to perform in certain situations, players enter tense situations not only with the skills, but the confidence to excel.

Tee Drills

Use tee drills to teach your hitters how to drive the ball to all fields. DiMare introduces six tee drills to build a fundamentally sound swing. Work on hitting any pitch in any zone with the zone simulation drill. DiMare also shows several drills to break down the elements of the swing by isolating certain body parts and movements.

Front Toss Drills

Coach DiMare introduces two front toss drills he uses with his hitters to help them stay on the pitch and drive the ball to the opposite field. In the off-center front toss drill, the batter must let the ball travel and get deep to hit it properly. This helps the hitter use his backside to drive through the ball.

Situational Hitting

Hitters must not only recognize the situation but execute in order to get runners into scoring position or score runs. Learn about seven common situations batters are faced with and where the batter wants to hit the ball in each of the situations. DiMare puts hitters through their paces and demands that they have a strong understanding of when to keep the ball out of the middle, when to hit behind the runner and when it's okay to lift the ball.

Learn the approach a batter should have with:

  • Hit and run
  • Man on second, no outs
  • Man on third, less than 2 outs
  • Run and hit
  • Clutch hit, 2 outs
  • 2-strike hitting
  • 3-2 count

Throughout the video, you'll see demonstrations of these drills while DiMare presents examples of success and failure, offering feedback and strategies on how to correct swings and hits. He offers valuable, veteran insight that can help any coach direct a more effective offense.

Train every player in your lineup to be a complete hitter with this systematic, progressive cage workout!

45 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: five set plays for attacking zone defenses with tom izzo
Five Set Plays for Attacking Zone Defenses with Tom Izzo
Hall of Famer Tom Izzo shares five plays to add to your arsenal to dismantle zone defenses! Options illustrated include high ball screens, fake hand-offs, cross screens, and more that will help you find scoring opportunities at the rim or open looks for your best shooters.

15 minutes.

DVD
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Cover: fran fraschilla's late game plays and special situations
Fran Fraschilla's Late Game Plays and Special Situations

with Fran Fraschilla,
International Basketball Analyst for ESPN;
former Division 1 college basketball coach (Manhattan College, St. John's University, and University of New Mexico);
former NABC District II Coach of the Year & MAAC Coach of the Year

Execution in late game situations is what separates master coaches from the rest of the pack. Will your players be able to fall back on solid instincts and make smart decisions under pressure? Are you as a coach able to decipher the many variables in action and select the play that will give you the best opportunity to win? The more planned out you are for all stages of the game, the better prepared and focused your team will be.

Fran Fraschilla studies the game of basketball from a unique vantage point as a former college head coach and current analyst for ESPN. In this video, Coach Fraschilla shares all of the lessons he has learned to excel in the game's most intense situations. You will gain strategies for organizing your special situation philosophy, including baseline plays, sideline inbound plays, and multiple options into your half court sets.

Baseline Inbound

See how you can find a way to score through baseline inbound plays no matter what your opponent tries to take away. The "P Set" gives your players multiple scoring options to find the best course of action by reading the defense. Coach Fraschilla shows you five variations to this main play, including counters and options for using the play against zone and trapping defenses.

Sideline Inbound

Learn how to apply your best half court plays into sideline inbound situations. This will enable you to use your trusted plays in the most critical moments. Coach Fraschilla will show you his "X" play that incorporates multiple screening options to free up shooters. You will also see four late game plays for getting the exact shot you need in the final seconds of a game. Whether you need to draw up a play to score at the rim or you need an open 3-point shot, Fraschilla has an option for you.

Half Court Offense

Fraschilla shows you how to add depth to your playbook without confusing your players. Using wrinkles in your favorite plays, you can develop layers into each and every one of your sets.

To demonstrate this concept, Coach Fraschilla shows you five simple options that can be created from the Horns set. You'll learn options for opening up driving gaps with the "Ghost" action and how to scramble opponents with the stagger screen in the "Double C" play. You'll also see how to enhance your ball screens with strategies to re-screen defenses that go under ball screens and burn opponents that attempt to trap the ball.

Special Situation Philosophy

In addition to all the on-court action, Coach Fraschilla discusses important considerations for your off-season preparation towards special situations. He shares the 3 C's of special situations, how to apply them to your practices, and which five coaching traits should constantly be on your mind to maximize your team's success. He'll also bring to your attention the moments in the game that you should be developing plans for and the best way to approach making those decisions with your staff.

Make sure you have a plan when the pressure is peaking in the critical moments of a game! Coach Fraschilla will get you ready to dominate special situations with concepts, plays, and strategies for success.

75 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: all access wartburg track & field practice: distance/middle distance
All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Distance/Middle Distance

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Steve Johnson,
former Wartburg College Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track & Field Coach
23x Iowa Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year;
2012 USTFCCCA NCAA DIII National Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year;
9x USTFCCCA DIII Central Regional Coach of the Year

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

Under Steve Johnson, the Wartburg Cross Country teams have won 25 Iowa Conference and 12 NCAA Central Region titles. Three times the cross county team has been awarded the USTFCCCA Deb Vercauteren Cross Country and Track and Field Program of the Year honor. The 2012 women's team finished as the National Runner-Up, while the men's team has four top-10 finishes. During his career, Johnson has coached 140 All-Americans, featuring eight different individual national champions. He has coached at least two national champions at each distance event: 800m, 1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m and the distance medley relay and has 12 finishes ranked in the NCAA DIII all-time top 10 List.

Get a unique, 'all access' inside look into the practice routine for the highly successful distance program at Wartburg College.

Many coaches have to deal with athletes of multiple ability levels and both male and female athletes. Coach Steve Johnson, along with coach Marcus Newsom, detail how to set up, perform, and complete a week of practice that uses many energy levels for a heterogeneous group.

You'll see a how to structure a comprehensive distance running schedule that allows you to have a logical progression of workouts that work all the energy systems that a distance runner needs to perform their best. You'll also get ideas about core workouts that athletes can do in a self-accountable way.

The secret to the Wartburg program starts with everyone working together - warm-up together, train together, cool-down together. Coach Johnson explains that his basic philosophy consists of six specific runs during a two week cycle:

  • One race
  • One designated long run
  • One tempo run
  • One uphill run
  • One long repeat
  • One short repeat

This basic philosophy evolves from three key coaching points: distance runners need to run distance to become better, distance runners need a progression to their training, and distance runners need to train to race.

The components of each of these runs are broken down using his athletes to demonstrate the different runs in a video format. Discover the secrets behind how to:

  • Run strong
  • Run in a pack
  • Pick-up the pace on the second half of the race
  • Maintain your pace
  • Stay relaxed
  • Stay under control

This video will help you formulate a productive practice plan and ensure your program can handle the high diversity of multiple talent levels.

94 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: all access track & field practice: the 'wartburg way' - developing 'team' in an individual sport
All Access Track & Field Practice: The 'Wartburg Way' - Developing 'Team' in an Individual Sport

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Scott Ganshirt, Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

This unique, 'all-access' video exposes you to the training environment that has helped make Wartburg College a Division III track & field powerhouse!

Multiple team activities are documented that show how coach Marcus Newsom cultivates an environment that creates a group that seems more like a family than a collection of individual athletes. Examples include team warm-ups, team meetings, weight training and cross training activities.

Coach Newsom's basic philosophy is that every athlete is important to the team. Athletes make the program and everyone can contribute. It starts every day with team body and mental building. You will see:

  • The benefit of the team warm-up
  • The team meeting
  • The work-out
  • The cool-down as a team

Coach Newsom explains that coaches needs to work on the little things to develop a successful program. The athletes need to know they can maximize their potential by working together and knowing that what they accomplished in every practice mattered.

Everyday Practice Break Down

Coach Newsom demonstrates how he works a typical day and week of practice by breaking down the team warm-up, cardio, meeting and weight lifting.

An extensive review of Wartburg's weight training program is included, which shows how to best organize resources to promote optimal performance while minimizing injuries. Wartburg's Melissa Norton takes you into the weight room and explains the ins and outs of getting a large group of athletes through their workouts in an efficient manner. Explanations are given for many of the exercises. Squats, dead lifts, one-legged lunges and power cleans are all shown.

Get a comprehensive look behind what a coach needs to not only start a program, but how to build a successful, winning program.

88 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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