||Reading the batter
||Working the batter
No matter who calls the pitches, the catcher needs to learn how to call the pitches. See if the coach of a younger team will give you some experience.
||Pitch, speed, movement and location combine for thousands of possibilities for each batter
Of course, signals are needed so the coach can talk to the catcher. It is often helpful for the catcher to have signals for the coach related to the position of the batter in the box.
||Nothing works if the batter changes position after the signals except - timeout
|Art of Catching||
Covers Blocking, Fielding the Bunt, Drills,
Framing, Plays at the Plate, Setting up at the Plate,
Giving signs, and Throwing
Developing a Quick Catcher's Glove with
||get better with a Frisbee drill
Palm Guard Gloves provides inside gloves
||helps save my hands
|How To Play||
Footwork is most important to catchers throwing to second base. In Effective Catching Mechanics, we recommend that
Strong arms - plant the right foot, rock back and fire the ball... Average arms - step forward 6 inches with the right foot planting the foot perpendicular to the target. Turn the hips, pull the throwing arm back, stride with the left foot and throw the ball. In general, the catcher will pivot on the right foot, keep the shoulders closed and take a stride with the left foot.|
A footwork drill reprinted from Effective Catching Drills helps a catcher with the skills needed to throw runners out at second...
Quick Feet Drill
Goal: Teach catchers the footwork needed for throwing base runners out.
Drill: Catcher gets into the stance for runners on base. When the coach yells "now", the catcher jumps 90 degrees from their original stance. To teach the catcher to stay down, the catcher never leaves their crouch.
Concentrate on the lower body first ... the player’s arm can not do the job itself.
|Concentrate on technique - distance will come