PPA HITHOUSE VIDEOS
UTM is pleased to be able to share the following content from PPA - Hithouse. The videos below are a series of at home drills that we can all do in the confines of our basements, etc. Thank you to PPA -Hithouse for agreeing to display these helpful videos on our site. For more information on PPA - Hithouse and the training & services they offer please visit their website by clicking on any of their logos on this page. You can reach them via e-mail here
It is getting cold but if you want to compete with the players stateside we must still be able to work on our game in the winter months. Below is the first in a series of drills that PPA Hithouse has that we can do at home in our basements and not lose a step on the competition. For this first drill all you need is a tennis ball and a flat wall. Move in and out throwing the ball against the surface. Make sure you are switching hands between right & left each time you catch and throw. Getting stronger in our non-dominant hand improves hand-eye coordination which is what our sport is all about. Challenge yourself doing this Canadian Basement Drill and all the others that PPA Hithouse will release. Do this one 3 to 5 time a week and you can't help but get better.
This week Basement Series drill is wall ground balls. All you need for this is a tennis ball, a foam paddle, & a wall. Each variation of this drill progresses in difficulty level. Doing this progression once a day for 5 to 10 minutes will drastically help improve your eye-hand co-ordination and improve your footwork around a ball.
This weeks Canadian Basement Series drill emphasizes top hand strength, turning with the core and leading with the barrel. Set up as though you have already taken your stride to the baseball. Your goal is to turn around your midline and get your sweet spot to the wall first. If your hands, knob or body get to the wall first you have drifted to the baseball. We want to make contact in a strong position with body behind the ball. Complete 3 sets of 10 slow and then 3 sets of 5 fast. Hitters train here.
This week in the Canadian Basement Series...We work on (1) STACKED muscle memory and (2) LEG STRENGTH. Take a dry swing - with or without a bat. Make sure your hitting STACK is perfect. STACK means your head, your hip and your back knee should be in a perfect straight vertical line. Once you feel stacked... lunge to tap your back drive knee to the ground and explode up. Make sure on your way back down you do your best to grab that perfect finish posture again and hold for two seconds. Repeat - 4 sets of 10 reps a day, will keep your weak ground balls away :)
This week in the Canadian Basement Series...the drill can be catcher specific or modified for all defenders by losing the gear and come up out of the deep squat to an infield throwing position. You will need 2-tennis balls and a wall. Throw ball while staying in your squat position ADD in the 2nd ball and work on catching, tracking, and throwing at the same time. This will work on transfer quickness, leg strength and hand-eye coordination. Work on getting rounds of 10-20 and 30 perfect rounds before coming out of your position.
Back from the Holiday break, PPA Hithouse offers another winter exercise. This one is a great way to increase speed in a limited space, it also can help improve your running technique. Try to be as quick off the ground while driving your knees high! Start with single strikes (video 1), double strikes (video 2) and finish with timed interval sprints.
This week our focus in on back hip turn during our swings. Our back hip turn controls the back foot. In order to get full rotation a hitter needs to keep turning through their swing. This allows for more power and for longer extension through the softball. If you are someone who cuts their swing off or does not get full rotation in their hips or back foot this drill is for you. The 3/4 closed stance drill forces you to get fully rotated in order to drive the medicine ball/softball through the middle of the infield.
This drill is all about balance. In order to create power in the swing you need to be balanced starting from the ground up. Barefoot hitting is a great way to feel how your feet need to interact with the ground to stay balanced. If you are someone who struggles with balance and power, try some barefoot swings before moving to regular batting practice.
This weeks Canadian Basement Series drill utilizes tools to help create back leg shin angle which allows us to attack down into the ground to create power to the baseball. The more we use the ground and our legs in the swing the more power we create. The first video shows us using the power up wedge, second a wood wedge and third a book. Use whatever you may have at home to help you create shin angle in your swing.
This week's fielding drill helps you stay low, field out front and promotes quick hands and eye coordination. Make sure to keep your head down and stay in proper position with centre balanced for the entirety of the drill. This drill can be done with tennis balls, or indoor balls. We suggest 10 sets X 10 balls. Keep up the momentum!
Week 11 utilizes a dowel to promote correct shoulder tilt at point of contact. Place a cone or a roll of tape onto your dowel (or broom stick). With a wide base turn to your contact position at which point your chest should still be back and the cone/tape should fall to the ground, if your turn was too level. If the cone/tape falls off before contact your tilt was too big and too far before contact creating a long swing.
Week 12 is for catchers! Throwing mechanics from a rolled or picked ball helps you stay down, moving forwards and using your legs for power when throwing. Too many catchers stand up to throw after receiving relying only on their arm strength for power which can often lead to inaccurate throws.
UTM believes that continuous training is essential to the growth of the game of softball. This winter we have been given permission to share the following training tips from PPA Hithouse." For more info on PPA Hithouse, please click on their logos on this page.
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Guelph, ON, N1H 2Y6
Phone: (519) 515-0140
Guelph, ON, N1H 2Y6
Phone: (519) 515-0140
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