with Jordan Stevens, Valparaiso University Head Softball Coach;
2012 Horizon League regular season and tournament champion
Teach your players proven principles that will make them more successful at the plate and increase your team's offensive production. In this exclusive glimpse into Valparaiso's phenomenally productive hitting program, Coach Jordan Stevens reveals four key principles that underlie everything his players do at the plate.
In all, Stevens leads you through drills in the following areas:
• Tee routine
• Hand drills
• Bat-path drills
• Arm strengthening drills
• Rhythm drills
Coach Stevens opens up by showing the five daily warm-up drills that give his hitters' swing a solid, fundamentally sound foundation. Each of the warm-up drills progressively build off each other. The first drill deals with the hitter's load and creating separation, followed by drills that deal mainly with the arms and hip rotation.
For each drill, Stevens has one of his players demonstrate while he reveals coaching points and common mistakes, and shows how to correct these flaws to develop a consistent swing. He also offers a few variations on each of the five warm-up drills to address specific problems a hitter may be having.
Coach Stevens numbers each part of the strike zone 1 - 9, and has his players work on a tee drill where they hit balls in each of the nine zones. Watch as his hitters move their bodies to simulate the pitches in different zones, instead of moving the tee.
Stevens introduces four drills he uses to strengthen his players forearms and wrists, aimed at increasing bat speed. These exercises will help players get stronger without using weights. Finally, Coach Stevens covers a few drills he uses to develop rhythm and timing with his hitters.
This DVD will be a valuable resource to coaches and players alike at all levels. These drills will help develop a strong, consistent swing that leads to solid contact at the plate and greater run production.
42 minutes. 2013. DVD.
This DVD is part of the set: