Why do we see catchers moving the ball as they catch it?
I talk to youth baseball coaches frequently about their catchers. These discussions usually involve conversation around how well (or poorly) their catchers throw on attempted base steals. It is quite common that a youth coach will place a greater weight on their catchers' throwing ability than they do receiving or blocking. There are a few… Continue reading How Should a Catcher’s Skills be Prioritized?
We talk so much about receiving the pitch as a catcher, it seems maybe the position should be called "Receiver" instead of Catcher. Regardless, receiving is the most important skill a catcher must learn. Blocking and throwing are also critical skills for a catcher to learn and master but, those skills are called upon less… Continue reading Proper Receiving
CO Catchers clinics are designed to provide a broad base of instruction to our participants. We keep the clinic size small (maximum of 10 catchers) to ensure each catcher gets more attention. Playing catcher requires a lot of work and overall conditioning so we spend 30 to 40 minutes warming up and conditioning. One of… Continue reading What We Cover in Our Clinics
In recent years the "art" of pitch framing has gained a lot of attention in baseball. Major League Baseball now tracks catchers' statistics around their effectiveness at getting strikes called on borderline pitches. Unfortunately the concept of pitch framing is misinterpreted by many players and coaches in youth baseball. This has resulted in many youth… Continue reading Pitch Framing