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Defensive Shell Drills for Organizing Your Practices

Defensive Shell Drills for Organizing Your Practices

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  • Learn how keeping players focused over a shorter period of time makes them more productive
  • Develop a skill-focused practice that maximizes reps and space
  • Learn how to develop and improve leadership skills in players by enabling them to run different parts of the defensive shells

with Margie Knight,
Salisbury University Head Coach; 2014 NCAA D-III runners-up;
17x Capital Athletic Conference Champions (in 18 years as head coach);
11x Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year; over 675 career wins

It's difficult to design a team practice where each defensive position is involved and efficiently working on position-specific situations and drills. Learn from Coach Margie Knight the defensive shells that keep an entire team involved while practicing multiple defensive situations. In this presentation, Coach Knight explains the set-up for 10 different defensive shells that allow each player to practice numerous position-specific situations.

Coach Knight shares her insight on how to best utilize practice drills and get the most out of her defensive shells. These shells are ideal for teams with fewer coaches, as players can participate and manage the drills on their own. Coach Knight shows how to get players involved in running each shell to keep practice moving.

These shells cover many defensive situations from the routine ground or fly ball to rundowns to passed balls and involve numerous players working together to practice almost any defensive situation. For example, one shell involves the battery and right side of the infield working together on pickoffs at first base while the left side of the infield and the outfielders simultaneously practice ground balls to the outfield and throwing the ball in to the appropriate base. Every player on the field is involved!

It is often said that pitching and defense win championships. If that's true, Coach Knight's defensive shells will help build an airtight defense that will lead to championships. Plan your practice with these shell drills in mind and become a winner!

71 minutes. 2015.