Training Catchers | General | TopVelocity Baseball Forum
August 28, 2011
July 14, 2011
Z – There are a lot of good catching videos. Go to http://www.baseballvideos.com to see a wide selection. You’ll want to teach them how to set up in their stance with and without runners on base, how to receive and frame pitches, how to block pitches in the dirt, how to throw to bases, how to field bunts, how to turn their back to the field to catch popups that will usually come back toward the field of play, how to call plays for other fielders when the ball is in play, how to take and give signals – the catcher is the second most important player on the field.
I always want our team to do everything faster than the other team. I want to have our offensive signals finished before the pitcher and catcher have given their signals. And I want our catcher to get the sign from the bench and give the pitcher the sign before the offense has finished their signs. I hate slow catchers. A catcher should also be able to put all of his gear on in less than 45 seconds. We practice that until they can. I don’t want the catcher to hold up our pitcher’s warmups. My first rule for a catcher is don’t annoy the pitcher.
It’s important when your pitchers are throwing bullpens that the catchers understand that they’re practicing too. They should be working on receiving and framing pitches, blocking balls in the dirt, and the all-important skill of giving the pitcher a good throw back after the pitch. Pitching machines are a great way to get them more reps and train them to receive and block.
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August 28, 2011
Thanks Coach! I agree with all you say, but there was one thing that my catchers really struggle on. It’s either their reaction time is slow, or something is up. They get into a good stance to catch, but sometimes they just miss the ball. Maybe they’re just inexperienced. I don’t know… but thanks for the great info anyway
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