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Youth Baseball Series

Youth Baseball Series

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Youth Baseball Series DVD 1: Throwing & Catching
with Steve Johnigan,
Assistant Coach,
Baylor University

In this video Johnigan demonstrates proper throwing and catching techniques. He also demonstrates the techniques of throwing and the importance of playing a good game of catch, the grip, 4 seam, and the release of the ball. He demonstrates the techniques of catching and the importance of moving the feet, above the waist and fingers up, below waist palm up, and the use of two hands. He also discusses flyballs and line drives. Drills for proper throwing techniques, proper catching techniques, flyballs, and line drives are demonstrated. 2000. 40 minutes.

Youth Baseball Series DVD 2: Hitting Mechanics & Drills
with Mitch Thompson,
Assistant Coach,
Baylor University

Thompson breaks down the mechanics of the swing into seven parts: bat selection, grip, stance, start, stride, swing, and finish. Thompson also explores the mental approach to hitting and explains ways to make hitting simple. He demonstrates drills using the hitting stick, dry swing drills, the side toss, the short toss, tees, and front toss drills. 2000. 42 minutes.

Youth Baseball Series DVD 3: Pitching Mechanics & Drills
with Steve Smith,
Head Coach,
Baylor University

In this video Smith teaches and demonstrates drills for mastering basic pitching mechanics. He discusses warm-ups (the importance of and the proper amount of time to spend per drill) and key components of the delivery (balance, direction, and timing.) He explains and demonstrates a sequence of drills for working on the delivery of a pitch. He concludes with drills for cooling down the arm. 2000. 35 minutes.

Youth Baseball Series DVD 4: Team Defense
with Mitch Thompson,
Assistant Coach,
Baylor University

This is a comprehensive video on defensive responsibilities. Thompson discusses how important defense is and how to always think ahead and communicate. The basic philosophy, proper outfield throwing rules, communication scheme, cut offs, and back man in cuts and relays are explained. Thompson demonstrates tandems and the communication and timing involved as well as game situations, practice progression, bunt defenses, flyball communication, and rundowns. 2000. 58 minutes.

Youth Baseball Series DVD 5: Baserunning & Sliding
with Steve Johnigan,
Assistant Coach,
Baylor University

In this video, Johnigan explains the importance of good baserunning and proper sliding technique and has drills of good baserunning and proper sliding demonstrated. He starts with home to first base and getting out of the box, running in a straight line, focusing on the front of the base, pumping the arms, turns at bases and the curve, leaning into the turn, and hitting the inside of the base. He also discusses Figure 4, head first and hook slides. 2000. 45 minutes.

Youth Baseball Series DVD 6: How to Run A Youth Baseball Practice
with Steve Smith,
Head Coach,
and Mitch Thompson,
Assistant Coach
Baylor University

Finally! An instructional video on how to run a youth baseball practice (8-15 year old players). Smith discusses the basic principles for a successful practice, which includes how much time to spend on each area, using groups and stations to keep things moving, focusing on the major issues, varying routines to fit your needs, and keeping practices creative. Smith and the Midway All-Star team demonstrate a day of practice. Coach Thompson explains the factors in determining the correct position for each player, how to put together a batting order, and how to put together a good system of signs for your style of coaching. 2000. 54 minutes.

 

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