At most team practices, there is little time set aside for catchers to work on their skills outside of catching bullpens. While bullpens are great opportunities to improve, a routine is needed to make sure that adequate amounts of quality repetitions are being completed in all facets of the catching position. In this article, you will find drills from The Baseball Rebellion Catching Coaches Clinic that can help build your routine!
Using the right stances at the right times is vital to positioning yourself well for the task at hand. Watch the videos below to learn about proper primary and secondary stances. In your practice or pregame routine, you should vary your stances so that you are getting sufficient work in both the primary and secondary stance.
While blocking and throwing are critical to being a great catcher, catchers receive far more pitches than they block or throw. This means that receiving should be at the top of the priority list when it comes to working on individual skills.
It doesn’t take long to notice the effects of a catcher who struggles to block the baseball. One of a catcher’s primary jobs is to limit the number of extra bases that the other team takes. Blocking the ball is a major component to limiting these extra bases and extra runs. If a runner is on 3rd base and the catcher makes a block that keeps that runner from scoring, this is equivalent to hitting a solo home run on the offense!
Catching a base stealer or picking a runner off is easily one of the most satisfying feelings in baseball. Believe it or not, arm strength has less to do with being a successful throwing catcher than efficient footwork a quick transfer and a quick release. The drills below address each of these topics.
Given the short reaction time for every skill in catching, these skills and movement patterns must be almost automatic. This takes diligent and consistent practice but may only require 15-20 minutes a day outside of regular practice time! If you want more catching help, check out our full catching clinic.
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Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor