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THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS TRAINING ACADEMY PRESENTS…

DODGER DRILLS!

Dodger Drills are quick at-home baseball drills and techniques created by instructors from the Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy! Join us on a weekly basis to sharpen up on your baseball skills all from your backyard, your living room, or (sometimes) even from your couch!

ABOUT DODGERS TRAINING ACADEMY

The Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy is a youth sports training and operations platform that supports local teams, coaches, leagues, and communities at all levels of play to positively impact through the vessel of sport.

With world-class instruction, technology, and administrative services, our goal is to create training and development programs, that empower our athletes and communities both on and off the field. We are driven at Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy to reaching the whole athlete; the player and the person.

Our sole mission is to develop, foster, and nurture a love and passion for sport, all while providing an unforgettable learning experience and creating lifelong Dodger fans.

COACHES FOR DODGER DRILLS

BRANDON BANTZ

Inducted into the Dallas Baptist University Hall of Fame: 2014

Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, and Miami Marlins

2 – time John Ellis Award Winner – Seattle Mariners

BRYAN MARQUEZ

2009 Kalamazoo Kings (Frontier League)

2010 Gateway Grizzlies & Kalamazoo Kings (Frontier league)

2012 Rio Grande White Wings
(North American League)

DOMINIC WOODY

Seattle Mariners and LA Angels

4th round by the Florida Marlins

First Team All Pac-10 Catcher and 3rd Team All-American

KEVIN MILLER

1st pick of the 3rd Round by the Oakland A’s

University of Washington Pac-10 player of the year in both 1996 & 1997.

Husky Hall of Fame and All-Century Team

SCOTTY DAVIDSON

Drafted in 1988 (as a Shortstop)

Reached the Major Leagues as a Pitcher

Owner of House of Hardball for 10 years

TIGHE DICKINSON

Pitching coach at Tulane University

Pitching coach for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Head coach at Edmonds Community College

MATT FIELDS

Drafted in the 22nd round by the Toronto Blue Jays (2009)

2009 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year while at Gonzaga

2009 Louisville Slugger / TPX 3rd Team All-American

drill # 1 – BUILDING A POWERFUL BASE – PT 1 (LOAD)

what you will learn
In part one of our Building A Powerful Base Series, hitting instructor Brandon Bantz focuses in on key movements in the load! Check back next week for part two!

 

drill # 2 – BUILDING A POWERFUL BASE – PT 2 (STRIDE)

what you will learn
In part two of our Building A Powerful Base Series, hitting instructor Brandon Bantz focuses in on key movements in the stride! Check back next week for part three!

 

DRILL # 3 – BUILDING A POWERFUL BASE – PT 3 (BASE)

what you will learn
In the final part of our Building A Powerful Base Series, hitting instructor Brandon Bantz focuses in on the landing position to secure an athletic base!

 

DRILL # 4 – MAKING A FLAT GLOVE

what you will learn
Grab the duct tape! This week, Dodgers Training Academy instructor Bryan Marquez shows a creative way to make a flat glove with materials from home!

 

DRILL # 5 – DEFLECTIONS DRILL

what you will learn
Last week we showed how to make a flat glove, this week we’ll show you how to use it! Check out Dodgers Training Academy instructor Bryan Marquez demonstrate using the glove as backstop, while his hands work together!

 

DRILL # 6 – Creating Backspin On Your Fastball

Let’s create some backspin on your fastball! Check out how to get feedback on your spin with just a baseball and a sharpie!

 

DRILL # 7 – GB’s Off The Wall

You can never get too many GB reps! Check out this drill to get your reps in, and remember: Present your glove separate to center of your body!

 

DRILL # 8 – The Secret’s In The Set Up Pt. 1

In this three part series, we’ll be talking all about batting stance! This lesson covers: Key Techniques, Positions, And Movements For The Signal Stance!

 

DRILL # 9 – The Secret’s In The Set Up Pt. 2

In part two of The Secret’s In The Set Up we cover: Key Techniques, Positions, And Movements For The Primary Stance!

 

DRILL # 10 – The Secret’s In The Set Up Pt. 3

Wrapping up this three part series, we cover: Key Techniques, Positions, And Movements For The Secondary Stance!

 

DRILL # 11 – Get A Grip

Get a grip! Learn how to switch from one grip to another efficiently, anytime, anywhere!

 

DRILL # 12 – Curveball Spin With Two Baseballs

We’ve covered backspin on the fastball, now let’s talk about curveball spin! Get feedback on your cureveball with just two baseballs and a roll of duct tape!

 

DRILL # 13 – One Hand Drill (Bottom Hand)

We’re back with another batting drill! This time around we’re isolating your hands while working your bottom hand bat path! Stay tuned for the top hand drill next week!

 

Drill #14 – One Hand Drill (Top Hand)

We’re back with another One Hand batting drill! This time around we’re isolating your hands while working your top hand bat path! Stay tuned for the drill that puts both of these together!

 

Drill # 15 – One Hand Drill (Both Hands)

We’re back with the final sequence of the One Hand batting drill! This time around we’re isolating your hands while getting your hands to work together!

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COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

While working on your training, please follow all safety recommendations.

  • Practice social distancing by maintain a 6-foot distance from other people.
  • Wipe down your gear prior to use and after with antibacterial cleaners.
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds after training.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes.
  • Should you train outdoors, wash any clothing you wore while training immediately after returning to your home.