Develop great situational hitters and knowledgeable base runners who put constant pressure on the opposing team!
- Learn drill stations for whole-team practice to teach the defense how to defend bunts while offensive players practice bunting, hit-and-runs, and baserunning
- Get multiple drills to teach players how to sacrifice bunt, drag bunt, and slash bunt
- Learn strategies and techniques for runners to be successful when executing situational offensive plays
with Chris Hanks,
Colorado Mesa University Head Coach; 2014 NCAA DII National Runners-Up;
11x Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions, including 5 straight titles (2011-15)
Two-time ABCA Regional Coach of the Year; 8x RMAC Coach of the Year; with over 700 career wins, he is Colorado Mesa's all-time winningest coach
Chris Hanks' teams have been an offensive juggernaut at the D-II level. Coach Hanks' teams have put together 18 straight seasons of top 5 finishes in national team hitting statistics since 1999. That success has taken them to 14 NCAA Division II Regional appearances and two College World Series berths through 2015.
Baseball teams are always looking for ways to put added pressure on opposing defenses. Techniques that improve your ability to take other teams out of their comfort zone will allow you to take advantage and get more wins.
Chris Hanks shows you how to develop a dynamic offensive team that puts continuous pressure on opposing defenses. Hanks and his assistants demonstrate a progression of drills to teach players how to execute the short game, which includes the hit-and-run, moving runners, sacrifice bunts, bunting for hits and the safety and suicide squeezes. This video not only demonstrates how the batter should execute these fundamentals, but also presents baserunning techniques, especially how to maintain consistency in leads and how to track the ball after it leaves the bat.
Coach Hanks takes you through a drill progression that will allow you to incorporate more hit and run opportunities and to develop better bunt and run or slash and run techniques. Learn proper timing, hand and foot placement, and recognition and reaction to pitches for both hitter and runner(s). Learn to control the strike zone and create proper barrel angles for each situation. These components of the offense are critical in advancing runners and even for advancing runners multiple bases.
The integration of baserunner and batter is critical. In addition to the hitting fundamentals, Coach Hanks demonstrates drills for practicing taking leads to run effectively in different situations, which include:
- A walking lead from third base - The baserunner puts pressure on the defense, and can score much easier on a passed ball or a squeeze play. The momentum created with the walking lead helps the baserunner get into full speed much quicker.
- Disguising the hit/run from the pitcher - Train runners how to take a step back, creating a slight delay, before breaking on a hit and run against a left handed pitcher.And more!
Defending the Short Game
While simultaneously working the offensive side of the game, pitchers gain experience at defending the bunt. Drills that allow you to improve offensively and develop pitchers' defensive prowess make for incredibly efficient and effective practice time.
Colorado Mesa University has experienced great success under Coach Hanks' leadership. This video represents an opportunity to learn from a proven winner that no coach, serious about taking their program to the next level, should miss!
55 minutes. 2017.Baseball Videos