• Power Line Drill Corner – Developing Bat Speed, Pt. 1

    Developing Bat Speed

     

    Drill #1 Dry Swings

    by: Mike Candrea and Jerry Stitt

     

    The fact is that a hitter will I take hundreds more swings against an imaginary pitcher and an imaginary ball than she/ he will against a real ball. In the dry swing drills, the internal rhythm and balance necessary for game competitiveness can be developed using the Underload Training Bat. Many dry swings are taken in the on deck circle or in the hole. It is a good practice to the Underload Bat when preparing to hit in a game.

     

    A. Wide stance-no stride. The hitter works from the stride position, driving the back knee toward the front knee, turning on the inside ball of the back foot, and firing the hands through nine contact points (i.e., high inside, high middle, high outside, middle inside, middle middle, middle outside, low inside, low middle, low outside). If the hands stay inside the imaginary ball the necessary "bat lag" and barrel whip will be felt. A variation on this drill is to swing with the eyes closed to better "feel" the rhythm and balance of the swing.

    B. Wide stance-no stride-barrel stop. Similar to #IA, except that the hitter attempts to stop the barrel at the nine contact points.

    C.Game stance-game stride-game swing. The hitter takes a game stance and imagines the windup and pitch "seeing" the ball out of the pitcher's hand and "hitting" the ball at the nine contact points.

    D.Perfect pitch-perfect swing. Similar to #IC, except the hitter takes ten swings at what she/he "sees" as the perfect pitch.

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  • Defensive Lessons

    The key to strong defense is to attack the ball. Power Line teaches that whether they are an infielder or an outfielder they should never be standing still while fielding. Our athletes need to be constantly moving, staying low, and quickly and smoothly transitioning from fielding to throwing.

    The most up-to-date defensive techniques used in college softball today are presented in private lessons, coaching clinics, and team sessions. Power Line coaches bring college softball playing and coaching experience into teaching and developing these skills. This direct connection to the game and the ability to thoroughly understand the process of specific technique work provides the softball athlete the opportunity to excel at the highest level.

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  • Catching Lessons

    Exceptional catchers are those athletes who stand-out on the field with their work ethic, athleticism, personality, and enthusiasm. Power Line catcher training focuses on footwork, quickness, and skill development in order to maximize the effectiveness of their movements.

    The most up-to-date catching techniques used in college softball today are presented in private lessons, coaching clinics, and team sessions. Power Line coaches bring college softball playing and coaching experience into teaching and developing these skills. This direct connection to the game and the ability to thoroughly understand the process of specific technique work provides the softball athlete the opportunity to excel at the highest level.

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  • Slapping Lessons

    Watch lefty slapper/hitters Caitlin Lowe, Natasha Watley, Amy Chellevold, Michelle Moultrie, and Brittany Rogers compete against the top defenses in the world and you see a physical chess match. A lefty slapper/hitter’s role is to get on base. To do this lefty slapper/hitter must develop the skills necessary to outsmart the defense, and the physical capability to put the ball where she wants it to go. They must be confident and sound with the fundamentals, track the ball deep in the zone, as well as read the defense while remaining sneaky and smooth.

    The most up-to-date slapping and hitting techniques used in college softball today are presented in private lessons. Power Line coaches bring college softball playing and coaching experience into teaching and developing these skills. This direct connection to the game and the ability to thoroughly understand the process of specific technique work provides the softball athlete the opportunity to excel at the highest level.

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  • September Newsletter 2012

    September Newsletter 2012

    Commit to Power Line's Complete Player Philosophy

    A complete player is not only talented, but has the drive and determination to get physically and mentally strong. The intangibles in an athlete are what make the fabric of champions. We want to develop each athlete completely, making them a desired player by all coaches, especially those who are going through the college recruiting process. Have that competitive nature, create confidence, be a team player, be coachable, show leadership on and off the field, know your responsibilities and stay dedicated to them, play aggressively and continuously show your passion for the game...THAT is the Power Line athlete who will compete at the highest levels.

    Continue reading September's Newsletter here

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  • August Newsletter 2012

    August Newsletter 2012

    Turn A New Leaf With A New Season

     

    Congratulations!  2012 was an outstanding summer for Power Line athletes, coaches, and teams!  We have been thrilled to hear all the great successes that everyone was having over the last month.  Hopefully you have taken a nice break after training and competing hard.  This time off is an excellent opportunity for you to take a mental break from the game, allowing you to start fresh for the Fall and to feel rejuvenated.

    Now we have the Fall season approaching which means try-outs and a new season is near. As you get back into your training routine, it is important to evaluate honestly what things you felt went really well this summer and what things need to be addressed.  Be specific in analyzing your fitness, mental approach, and skill sets.  From now through September, we go back to the basics at Power Line.  We break down your skills, making sure mechanically you are sound. Hitters and slappers, this is a perfect time to schedule a Right View Pro swing analysis, so consider getting that on your schedule this August.  Situational work will resume as your more competitive games begin in October.

    We are so enthused about the great strides everyone is making!!  With this new season, let it be a fresh start - dream big, train hard, and let’s see what even greater successes we can garner in the coming months!

     

    Continue reading August 2012 Newsletter here

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  • July Newsletter 2012

    July Newsletter 2012

    Nationals!

    You have been preparing all year for the big show, Nationals! Whether you are going to ASA Nationals, Premier, or Triple Crown, this is your time to show off all your hard work. You have prepared on and off the field for this, so don't let jitters or nerves take over. Stay focused on all the great skills you are bringing to the game and remain confident in your preparation.

    For those who just ended all-stars, it is important to take a mental break from the game, while using this time to build your Softball specific fitness! Continue getting stronger and faster with our strength and conditioning coach Melissa Hinkley. Set goals, plans, and work on your mental approach with mental skills coach Zoe Littlewood. Keep preparing yourself for the upcoming season, it will give you an edge and make you into the player you are dreaming of being.

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