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  • Actors: Marty Schupak & players, Youth Baseball, Youth Baseball Coaching, Little League Coaching
  • Directors: Marty Schupak & players, Marty Schupak, Baseball Coaching, Baseball Training, Little League
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: VideosForCoaches.com,Baseball Fundamentals
  • VHS Release Date: March 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0967124808
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The 59 Minute Baseball Practice has been called the bible of instructional baseball practice videos. The video was produced by a very successful youth baseball coach. Coach Marty Schupak has coached youth baseball for 13 years and has developed drills and techniques that enable a coach or parent to run a youth baseball practice within an hour. Coach Schupak was recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for registering his 200th victory in 1998.

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During more than a decade of coaching youth baseball teams, Marty Shupak realized that he kept seeing coaches and teams put hour after hour into practices that became so repetitive that they served only to bore the Little Leaguers forced to endure them. He sought to remedy the problem by devising practice routines that can take less than an hour, and which consist of drills that the kids will not only find fun and interesting, but will help them consistently develop their baseball skills. In this video, Shupak and a band of Little Leaguers demonstrate more than 30 different drills that can be used on the practice field with an entire team as well as by parents and children in a backyard session. The drills focus on basics such as base running, hitting, and fielding, but they often provide a wrinkle designed to keep the kids enthused, such as a defensive drill in which fielders practice throwing from third to first while in a kneeling position, or hitting drills in which a very soft ball made of old rags and masking tape is used. This video is not flashy yet the camera work is very professional, and the practical advice is imparted in an engaging manner. --Robert J. McNamara

Customer Reviews

Creative, fun and interesting.
ted robinson
Great fundamentals for instruction in youth baseball.
Keith D. Briggs
The kids have fun while learning.
"tmcclung4"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Ed Reiss on March 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Only positives can be said on this video. It was beyond my expectations for a few reasons. It was well organized and gave an excellent description of each drill. The video also puts up a picture of a baseball diamond and the positioning of each player during the drill. The narration explains the benefit of each drill. Some things I did not understand in Little League, like the first and third situation are explained and they make sense. The hitting drills are the best I've seen. The proof of the pudding was last Saturday at our practice when my team did not want to leave the field after some of the drills and games from the video were tried. And to top it off, another coach from the next field came over to ask about some of the things his team saw us doing. This is excellent for 8-12 year olds and I suspect most of the drills can be used for older kids with a few adjusments. This is a great tool combining fun with skills.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Frese on March 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
My search finally ended. This is the perfect teaching tool for the Little League manager/coach. I have read many books and looked at many videos, and none come close to this one. I will never have another boring Little League practice. I have tried this out already and the kids and I are loving it. Buy this video and plan to sit down with your pause, rewind & play button to record these great drills on paper, so that you can use them in practice. I would recommend this, in particular, for the age group 8 - 12, and older. I realized how boring some of my practices have been in the last few years, so I began a search of material to change that. I have wasted money on some, but I must say I would have easily paid 4 times the cost of this video. For the Little Leaguers that are age 7 and under, I would recommend a more fundamental book or video that teaches the very basics. Get this video for ages 8+.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This guy really put a lot of planning in this video. I coach Little League up in Massachusetts and have bought a number of baseball videos. The quality of the filming is excellent. The drills are simplistic yet he puts a twist on some of them and they are very dynamic. His idea of running a baseball practice in under one hour is great because a lot of coaches just do batting practices for two hours. The drills are creative. The planning is excellent. And the literature sent is very good also. I have no reservation in recommending this to parents of Little Leaguers and coaches.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ted Davis on February 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have been coaching Little League baseball for 4 years now, and my teams have done fairly well. I'm always on the lookout for ways to help my players do better, and I've watched a lot of baseball videos, without finding much that I could really use to help my team.
I ordered the 59 Minute Baseball Practice, wondering if this tape would be any different from the others. I'm pleased to be able to say that this tape is very worthwhile. It's the only tape I've seen that helps me deal with a problem I've found in the past with my practices: how to improve my players' skills, involve all team members just about all the time, and keep them all interested and motivated. The many drills in this tape will help you do this, and complete the practice in under an hour, as the title states.
This tape includes enough drills for a number of practices, and you can change and adapt them as you see fit. They cover all the important areas players need to practice -hitting, throwing, fielding and running - while challenging them. I particularly like the tape's ideas about making many of the drills into games or contests. The tape is very clear - the drills are easy-to-understand - and it is also well organized, and well-paced.
While it's not yet baseball season, I've been working with most of team in early practice sessions, and the players' reaction to these new drills has been terrific; they think the drills are fun. It's also worth noting that you can conduct a complete practice session, working on all skill areas without a baseball field if need be, which has been particularly helpful in the off-season.
Overall, 5 stars! I'm looking forward to the next video in this series.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gardner on December 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I was a bit skeptical about buying a video online, but I don't regret for a second that I purchased the "59 minute baseball practice video". The video was put together with both organization and preparation. I can't even begin to describe how well it is going to help me in my next baseball season. Marty Schupak is a baseball genius and the video is a must buy for any coach or parent. If you are a coach, the video will help you with tons of drills. If you are a parent, many of the activities done in the video can be modified to be used at home. This is a MUST BUY for anyone involved in Little League.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dlcochrane on July 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Shupak's 59 Minute Baseball Practice is first rate. The video contains of a lot of drills appropriate for any level of baseball. Each drill is described, then it is demonstrated using Little Leaguers.
This video was very helpful to me in organizing fast moving, more interesting, and quicker practice sessions. Although the coaching points for each drill are mentioned (for example, "turn to the glove side when making a relay"), they are not discussed in any depth. A novice coach will need additional resources to teach the fundamentals to younger players.
If you are short of practice space, Shupak's rag ball drills are the solution. If your baseball practice runs two hours -- an hour of batting practice and an hour of situations, get this video, and change your practice. Your players' skills will improve, and they will be more willing to practice hard.
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A must have for coaches!
Excellent book! Marty Schupak's "Youth Baseball Drills" simplicity and explanations make thisperfect for Little League coaches & parents.
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