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Oklahoma Softball Camps With Coach Patty Gasso

College World Series Appearances

Videos

AGGRESSIVE DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES

…with Patty Gasso, University of Oklahoma Head Coach; 2013 WCWS Champions; first ever WCWS champion to lead the nation in scoring and ERA; Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (2012); Back-to-Back Big 12 Coach of the Year (2012-13); 6x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 WCWS Runner-up, 2000 WCWS Champions, Over 1,000 career victories

  • Learn how to use strategic defensive alignments to defend against bunts, slaps, steals and more
  • Learn how to train your players to attack the lead-out with multiple runners on base
  • Teach you pitchers to hit certain locations within the strike-zone based on where your defense is playing

As Patty Gasso says and many coaches would agree, defense wins championships. In this DVD, Coach Gasso explores the aggressive defensive mindset, strategies, and drills that have helped her Oklahoma Sooners win two NCAA National Championships. She begins with bunt and slap defense, moves on to defending a steal, covers first and third situations, and touches on relays.

The defense can better prepare itself if it knows what to expect from the offense. Coach Gasso begins her presentation by explaining the different defensive approaches she uses with a runner at first base, a common bunting scenario. Coach Gasso explains how her team handles bunt defense, and has her defense demonstrate coverage. She also delves into defending against slappers and bunt coverage with multiple runners on base, situations that place pressure on the defense to execute.

Although offense is becoming a focal point of the game of softball, a good defense can help neutralize an opponent’s powerful offense. If an opponent can’t score on your team, they can’t beat you. Coach Gasso shows you how to keep an opponent’s offense at bay by creating an airtight defense. The results will show in the win column.

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AGGRESSIVE OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES

…with Patty Gasso, University of Oklahoma Head Coach; 2013 WCWS Champions; first ever WCWS champion to lead the nation in scoring and ERA; Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (2012); Back-to-Back Big 12 Coach of the Year (2012-13); 6x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 WCWS Runner-up, 2000 WCWS Champions, Over 1,000 career victories

  • Learn how to use aggressive offensive strategies to force defensive mistakes and score more runs
  • Learn how to score runs without touching the ball in first and third situations
  • Discover how an “angle down” play can be used to put pressure on the defense

In this incredible DVD, Patty Gasso offers her ideas and strategies on building an aggressive offense that can capitalize on defensive miscues to score more runs. Coach Gasso delves into rundowns, bunting, moving runners with hit and runs and angle-down plays, how to use slappers, first and third plays, and squeezes.

Properly executed, an aggressive offense can use a rundown to pressure the defense into making a mistake. Coach Gasso outlines situations that can result in rundowns. She discusses what the base runner should do to avoid being tagged out and also demonstrated how to stay in a rundown for as long as possible, thus increasing the change of a defensive miscue.

Slappers are an important part of an aggressive offense because their speed puts pressure on the defense to get outs even on routinely hit balls. Coach Gasso shares five options for advancing runners and/or getting on base themselves. Having so many options will make defending the slapper nearly impossible.

Many teams rely solely on power hitting for offensive production. While this is a valid strategy, an aggressive offense will put pressure on defenses and result in more consistency in run production. Let Coach Gasso show you how to put together an aggressive offense that will frustrate the defense and score more runs.

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OPEN PRACTICE

…with Patty Gasso, University of Oklahoma Head Coach; 2013 WCWS Champions; first ever WCWS champion to lead the nation in scoring and ERA; Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (2012); Back-to-Back Big 12 Coach of the Year (2012-13); 6x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 WCWS Runner-up, 2000 WCWS Champions, Over 1,000 career victories

  • Learn how to run a fast-paced team practice
  • Learn outfield drills to improve a player’s ability to track a fly ball, get around a ground ball and throw to any base
  • Discover how range drills can enhance team athleticism
  • Learn drills that encourage quick decision-making while base running
  • Discover how to use hitting stations to work simultaneously with multiple hitters

See how Coach Gasso molds her team into one of the best, year after year. Coach Gasso opens practice with aggressive angle-down plays and drills, and then moves on to infield and outfield defensive drills. Finally, the team takes batting practice in the cages and pitchers get a quick pitching workout in the bullpen.

Coach Gasso begins practice with angle-down plays, as players alternate between hitting in the situation, and running the bases. This is a very quick-paced routine with lots of offensive skills being practiced in a short period of time. Players are then challenged to extend their range as they move on to infield and outfield drills. Gasso pulls the entire team together for ball-reading drills, in which coaches hit bloopers between the infielders and outfielders. This gives the defense a change to improve communication and overall awareness of the field.

Coach Gasso breaks the team into positions and focuses on the foundation of a good defense. The infielders use smaller gloves and balls to perfect their footwork and glove work before moving on to practice executing on balls hit to either side, throwing on the run, and double plays. You’ll see Coach Gasso’s time-based drill, where the infielders try to beat the clock. This is one of several techniques that Coach Gasso uses to prepare her defense for pressure they’ll encounter in game situations.

One player at a time, position by position, until they’re working in unison, Coach Gasso shows you her secrets for preparing her team. This is a must-see video to help bring your team to the next level.

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ADVANCED TEAM DEFENSE DRILLS FOR SOFTBALL

…with Patty Gasso, University of Oklahoma Head Coach; 2013 WCWS Champions; first ever WCWS champion to lead the nation in scoring and ERA; Distinguished member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame (2012); Back-to-Back Big 12 Coach of the Year (2012-13); 6x Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2012 WCWS Runner-up, 2000 WCWS Champions, Over 1,000 career victories

  • Intense drills to challenge players to improve their fundamentals
  • Eight infield drills that will improve range, fielding skills and throwing
  • Nine outfield drills to improve fielding skills, range and throwing

Coach Gasso opens up her softball drill library and delivers 24 fast and challenging drills that will push your athletes. These infield and outfield drills are designed to improve players’ field skills, range, footwork and conditioning.

Warm up drills: In this working warm up, Coach Gasso demonstrates a five drill warm up circuit. Before taking the field, she demonstrates drills that include a weighted glove reaction drill, slide board leg work, and several wall ball drills.

On the field, Coach Gasso demonstrates two team warm up drills: Around the World and Touch and Go. Around the World doubles as a warm up and conditioning drill for both infielders and outfielders. The Touch and Go drill works on creating athleticism and maximizing the players’ range. These drills will energize your team and set the tone for practice.

Infield drills: Coach Gasso runs her players through eight infield drills. These multifaceted drills work players all around the infield focusing on glove work, footwork, short hops, sliding with the throw, throwing on the run and more.

Outfield drills: The outfield drills include nine drills that work on becoming efficient in the outfield. These drills fine-tune all areas of outfield defense, including footwork, fielding ground balls with the forehand and backhand, throwing to bases, hitting relays and recovering from bad throws, playing the ball off the wall, taking good angles to the ball and going hard to get the out in foul territory.

Coach Gasso has molded the University of Oklahoma softball program into a national power. She has placed herself among the elite college softball coaches in the country. This DVD is a must for coaches looking to take their athletes to new heights!

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Change Up – with Melyssa Lombardi

Oklahoma University Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach; 2013 National Champions; has coached five pitchers and three catchers to 15 combined All-American honors; five-time member of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2012)

It is often said that hitting is timing, and consequently, pitching is disrupting timing. Oklahoma Associate Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi gives you an inside look at one of the pitches that has helped make the Sooners' nearly unhittable: the change-up. Coach Lombardi talks about three different types of change-up releases. She explains how to throw each, and offers drills to perfect the change.

Goals and Focal Points

Coach Lombardi opens her presentation with an explanation of the goals she has for her pitching staff. She identifies focal points for the change-up: release, arm speed, and the follow through. These are the keys to taking speed off the pitch, and allowing the pitch to have late break, which are important characteristics of a good change-up.

Types of change-up releases

Coach Lombardi introduces three different types of change-up releases-the flip, drop, and shove. She teaches each release using her own pitchers to demonstrate the mechanics of the movement. She emphasizes the importance of teaching more than one option to pitchers, stressing that different types of releases may work better for different pitchers.

Mechanics

Coach Lombardi moves on to the basic mechanics required to throw the change-up pitch. No matter which release the pitcher chooses, the grip should be fairly consistent. Coach Lombardi teaches two different grips for holding the change-up that will disguise it from opposing coaches and hitters. A good follow-through is important because it helps create the desired late break on the ball. The follow-through of the pitch will vary some depending which change-up release is used.

Drills

Coach Lombardi takes a pitcher through three drills that she uses when working on the change-up. These drills train pitchers use their awareness of body positioning to know when they're ready for the change-up. Lombardi also offers variations of these drills, and explains her philosophy of doing sets of small reps.

Troubleshooting

As with any pitch, things will occasionally go wrong with the change-up. Coach Lombardi discusses some of the common flaws pitchers encounter and offers corrections to help get her back on track faster.

The change-up is a crucial pitch because it makes other pitches look even faster. The change-up will help your pitchers dominate on the mound and will take your pitching game to a championship level.

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Rise Ball – With Melyssa Lombardi

Oklahoma University Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach; 2013 National Champions; has coached five pitchers and three catchers to 15 combined All-American honors; five-time member of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2012)

Melyssa Lombardi explains a pitch that has been key to the success of the Oklahoma Sooners pitching staff: the rise ball. Coach Lombardi breaks down many facets of the rise ball, including proper mechanics, drills, and strategies for when, how, and where to throw the rise.

Rise ball basics

There are three keys to a good rise ball-correct spin, speed of the pitch, and late break. A rise ball featuring these elements will put pressure on a hitter. Coach Lombardi explains the benefits of the rise ball, and how it can make other pitches look even better.

Fundamentals and mechanics

Coach Lombardi provides an in-depth explanation of the proper mechanics for throwing a good rise. Watch as she teaches one of her pitchers how to grip the rise with either two or four seams. The correct grip, body posture, and getting into a good position at release will assist the pitcher in throwing a late-breaking pitch with good backwards spin. Coach Lombardi identifies some common mistakes associated with throwing the rise and also gives suggestions for correcting typical problems.

Drills

Coach Lombardi offers several drill progressions, with variations, for throwing a great rise ball. The pitcher starts by throwing spins to themselves, progressing to throwing to a catcher while isolating the upper body, and gradually moving farther and farther back and incorporating more of the body. By isolating parts of the body and gradually incorporating more, the pitcher can focus on how the correct execution feels for each part of the body before putting it all together.

Throwing the rise

It is often said that the most important thing in pitching is location, location, location. Coach Lombardi explains the three different levels of the strike zone for a rise ball, and when and how to throw to each level. Knowing and understanding the strategy behind how, when, and where to throw the rise will make the pitcher more effective on the mound.

Pitches that change planes are often very effective against hitters, drawing many swings and misses, because the bat is fairly thin compared to its longer length. Coach Lombardi will show you how to rack up the strikeouts by throwing a great rise.

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Pitching Mental Skills Drills – With Melyssa Lombardi

Oklahoma University Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach; 2013 National Champions; has coached five pitchers and three catchers to 15 combined All-American honors; five-time member of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2012)

At the higher levels of the game of softball, mental skills more than the physical skills separate the great players from the good ones. Pitching requires more mental toughness than any other position and the game often rests on the pitcher's shoulder. Melyssa Lombardi offers several strategies and drills to enhance performance when the game is on the line.

Performance skills

Coach Lombardi offers two segments of her pitcher's bullpen sessions: physical skills and performance skills. The performance skill segment is built around utilizing four mental strategies: breathing/routine, narrow focus, staying in the present, and accepting/adjusting. Coach Lombardi explains each strategy, and shows how each one helps calm the pitcher and keeps her focused, therefore helping to maximize performance.

Performance and numbers

Coach Lombardi's pitchers stay focused on performance by using numbers to grade the movement, location, and speed of their pitches. She explains the rating scale, as well as how to use it during practice and drills. This helps pitchers rate themselves on how they are throwing each pitch without worrying about mechanics, which can distract performance. Using these ratings can also help the pitcher and coach identify pitches that are working well, and those that need improvement.

Performance drills

In crucial game situations, the focus will often be on the pitcher, which can put her under a lot of pressure. Coach Lombardi offers four drills designed to help her pitchers understand their strengths and weaknesses, and to work through pressure situations. The more a pitcher practices performing under pressure, the better prepared she will be for the pressures of an actual game.

Conditioning drills

Pitching is a skill that requires the athlete to repeatedly exert near-maximal effort in throwing each pitch. During the course of a game, pitchers will often throw over 100 pitches, making pitching a very intense, cardiovascular activity. Because of this, it is important for pitchers to stay in peak physical condition. Coach Lombardi offers two challenging conditioning drills to build the endurance and strength to make it through a full ball game.

A pitcher who is able to peak under pressure is every coach's dream. Let Coach Lombardi show you the skills to get your pitchers to be at their best when the game is on the line!

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