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NOVEMBER CATCHER CLINIC

November 30th

10:oo-4:00PM

TOPICS COVERED:

HOUR ONE

1) RECEIVING

A catcher uses three stances in each game.  Each stance is different, and has a specific purpose based a game situation.

You will learn:

  -  How to give SIGNALS to the pitcher (and nobody else!)  

  -  When and how to set-up and catch the pitch in the RELAXED stance, important when there is no runners or less than two strikes. 

  -  How and when to be READY to block, catch and throw out runners

2) BLOCKING

The most important skill from the Ready Stance is BLOCKING the pitch in the dirt.  The purpose is NOT to catch the ball, but to

stop and control it.  Then quickly get to your feet and retrieve the ball.

You will learn:

  - How to get quickly get to your knees, controlling the ball in the dirt 

  - How to spring-up from knees 

  - Scoop/ rake the ball using glove and hand

 

HOUR TWO

THROWING

The most visible and measured catcher skill is THROWING to bases (first, second, third). Catchers are graded on their PopTime to second base. Yet, the ball velocity is only half the challenge. 

You will learn:

  -  How to enhance your mechanics- footwork and arm slot  

  -  How to transfer the ball from glove to hand 

  -  To focus on your release, velocity and accuracy

  -  The differences in the throw to third base

 

FIELDING

Catchers must be able to field their position, like other infielders.  Yet the catcher's gear including mitt create unique challenges.

The mitt is chiefly designed to catch fast balls; making bunts, tags, and pop-ups demanding.

You will learn:

  - How to properly retrieve the bunt    

  - How to be in position and tag runners at home plate

  - How (and when ) to catch the pop-up by allowing for the flight caused by ball back spin

 

Specific instructions and training is provided, with drills for immediate and follow-up practice for each topic.