The relationship between a pitcher and his catcher should be the foundation on which a successful baseball team is built. The communication between the two should be like clockwork. Being able to read what the other is thinking and feeding off one another's energy makes for better baseball. Building that relationship can be hard but we will go over some simple steps to make it easier to communicate from both sides.
There is a huge difference between a pitchers and catchers relationship from middle school, high school, college, to the pros. Here at Baseball Rebellion, we take pride in teaching young players how to communicate even at the youth level. We try to throw live bullpens with a catcher as much as we can. Live batters are even better to help the pitcher and catcher communication as it forces the "silent language" to occur between the pitcher and catcher even more.
I will be going over some simple signs to help pitchers relay signs to their catcher so that you never have any cross-ups. A cross-up is when your throwing partner whether in practice or a game doesn't know what the pitcher is throwing. Bad things can happen when this occurs such as injury to the receiver or a bad outcome on the pitch (wild pitch/pass ball).
If throwing just four-seam fastballs on every throw, there is no need to tell your partner what is coming. When mixing in other pitches like a two-seam or curveball it is necessary to communicate to the catcher what is coming. Here are the signs a pitcher will use from Little League to the Big Leagues to relay those pitches to the catcher.
DO YOU KNOW the silent language between pitcher and catcher? I am talking about the communication between each other to what pitch is coming. The signs are simple and practical in telling the catcher what you are throwing. No need to yell out "Hey here comes a fastball".
It's amazing how many kids don't know these signs and or forget them from week to week. These are the signs form a pitcher to catcher, or their throwing partner when at practice or before a game. Here are some examples of silent signs.
Before the game starts, the pitcher and catcher should go over signs. When there is no one on base the signs be easy for both the catcher and pitcher. The usual signs that most team use are simple and to the point when there are no runners on base.
The main reason to have a separate set of signs when runners are on base especially second base is so the runner can not relay what pitch is coming to the hitter. Some examples of what pitchers and catchers use are; second sign, chase the two or any number, and outs plus one. Here is a great video of Gabe Dimock going through the proper way to give signs and why it is important to have a separate set of signs when there are runners on base.
The last thing you want to do as a pitcher or catcher is to show the other one up. What that means is when the other makes a mistake, you visibly show your frustration towards them for everyone to see. This is not only a quick way to ruin the pitcher/catcher relationship you've already built, but a quick way to lose a friendship as well.
We are all human and we are all going to make mistakes throughout our playing career and our lives. If you work hard to build an unbreakable relationship and foundation with your pitcher or catcher, great things can happen.