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    My son is 10 and wants to be the catcher on our team. What and how do i need to teach him?

  • #2
    Originally posted by SDC View Post
    My son is 10 and wants to be the catcher on our team. What and how do i need to teach him?
    I have found that teaching the Catcher position is one of the hardest to teach as it is the most time consuming and detailed in my opinion. There are many books and videos out there to learn the basics and gradually improve from there.

    If you absolutely need a catcher now, I would say teach them the very very basics, such as; stance with balance, being able to catch with a mitt, and throwing back to the pitcher. Once they get that part, they should slowly be able to begin working on blocking, catching wild pitches, throwing to second, blocking the plate on plays coming home, etc...

    If you have a couple of catchers already, then I would introduce your son into the position slowly. We have kids on our team that have never caught before and we slowly bring them into the game by having them catch against our good pitchers. This way they aren't chasing every ball to the backstop as they would with our more wilder pitchers.

    The experienced catchers get to catch the wild pitchers

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    • #3
      The catcher i had last year got put on another team. So I don't have a catcher he said he wanted to catch so i thought i would try him at it.

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      • #4
        What level are you coaching? Is it rec ball, little league, pony's, etc?

        I coach 9-10 Little League and we have developed at least 3 good catchers on our team. We have another 2 that can fill in when necessary.

        Not to mention that in about 2 weeks it going to get way to hot for anyone of my catchers to play a whole game with all the gear on.

        I couldn't imagine only having one catcher the whole entire season.

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        • #5
          its a rec league. www.keinet.net/sacriver

          I can't get any one to play a competive league. We play 10 games the a tournament. I have a 9 year old that want to catch too, hes a lefty.

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          • #6
            CatchingCoach here on the forums can also help with this. He has a nice DVD that will team YOU lots of things to teach him. It also gives a visual to the drills that your catcher can watch. It will demonstrate what you might not be able to demonstrate.

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            • #7
              It looks like a very recreational league.

              I would just have them learn the basics such as balance and stance, catching properly, and throwing. I wouldn't get too involved with blocking or throwing to second on steals, etc, until they get better at the very basics.

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              • #8
                Go to catchingcamp.com. There's an online camp and a DVD you can purchase.
                Last edited by TG Coach; 04-22-2008, 08:07 PM.

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                • #9
                  I highly recommend http://www.catchingcamp.com/ I've seen a bunch of guys teach catching. Dave is by far the best.
                  If you need further information PM me.
                  Jake
                  "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                  - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                    I highly recommend http://www.catchingcamp.com/ I've seen a bunch of guys teach catching. Dave is by far the best. If you need further information PM me.
                    Jake
                    Ditto. It's a great DVD for young players.
                    sigpicIt's not whether you fall -- everyone does -- but how you come out of the fall that counts.

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                    • #11
                      SDC,

                      Good advice by all. I also wanted to provide an itemized checklist of things the two of you can work on together in the years ahead. It’s exactly what I have taught the 10-19 year old catchers in my town over the past 15 years and most of them advanced to catch in high classification high school and some to college and professional baseball. I believe it will compliment your son’s physical, God given ability (it certainly won’t hurt) as well as any advice you receive over the Internet.

                      Best wishes-

                      THop

                      http://hsbaseballweb.com/eve/forums/...261#7731019261

                      1. Hide signs from third base coach with open mitt and first base coach with closed right knee.

                      2. Automatically change signs with pitcher when a runner reaches second base.

                      3. Set up late (as pitcher begins motion so batter can’t “peek”).

                      4. Set up as close to the batter as possible without him being able to hit your mitt with his bat.

                      5. Use ankle sway to frame or “stick” all borderline strikes. Catch the outside of the ball with a straight but not stiff front arm. Hold it there for one full second making sure the ump saw it and throwing it back to the pitcher before you show him up.

                      6. Bare hand behind leg with nobody on base.

                      7. Bare hand behind mitt with runners on base (optional).

                      8. Block all balls in the dirt with runners on base. Drop to knees, mitt between legs and bare hand behind mitt (V), forward, upper body lean to absorb the ball, then pounce to your feet and get it.

                      9. Trail runner to first base with nobody on. Angle is toward fence beside 1b, not straight down the base line.

                      10. “Sweep” up all moving bunts and dropped 3rd strikes with open mitt and bare hand.

                      11. Shuffle out and throw “inside” or “outside” the line to first base. Do not throw over runner.

                      12. “Pop time” technique has 3 parts.
                      A. Remain square as you catch the ball (do not turn body and cheat too “open” as it will often restrict the catch and mess up the timing of the glove to hand transfer). If there is a 3b runner, glance at him after the catch just before the throw to 2b.
                      B. Close off front side by flipping ball from mitt to throwing hand (turn under) WHILE you stride toward second base. Spin ball gaining a 4 seem grip on the way up/back. Step short or beside home plate when possible (not on top of it).
                      C. Get 90% of weight over front foot, pull back (trunk twist) and throw to second base (mask on).

                      13. Throwing to third base. Do not throw over RH batter. On pitches to the first base side, step to ball with right foot first. On pitches to the third base side, place right foot behind left foot first.

                      14. Pitch outs. Don’t commit too early. Catch the ball from “inside out”, shuffle feet, close off front side and throw.

                      15. Intentional walks. Stay in the catchers box until the pitcher begins his motion, then shuffle out.

                      16. Always slide on your “left” side to field passed balls.

                      17. Verbally remind your pitcher to “get over there” on all ground balls hit to the right of second base.

                      18. Line up your first and third baseman as cut off men on throws from the outfield (only if they are way out of line). Yell “cut or cut-1,2,3 or 4” and say nothing when you want the throw left alone (mask on).

                      19. While the ball is arriving from a fielder, block the plate with your left foot (one to two steps up the third base line and one step foul). If time allows, block with knee and entire body as well. Ump cannot blow the call if the runner never reaches home plate (mask on).

                      20. On bang-bang plays, delay blocking the plate with left foot (one to two steps up the 3b line and one step foul). Plant foot and make a quick one-handed tag. Raise the mitt high immediately after the tag so the ump won’t have to look for the ball (mask on).

                      21. Decoying scoring runner. When the throw is approaching, wait as long as possible before setting your left foot, body and raising your mitt to catch the ball.

                      22. (Short hops) Forehand picks on short hopped thrown balls (“scoops” like a first baseman). Bend knees (squat) to get fanny as low as possible, wristy motion attacking of the ball on the short hop from the ground up and out (like a pro bowler-palm up to palm down).

                      23. (Short hops) Backhand picks on short hopped thrown balls (“scoops” like first baseman). Bend knees (squat) to get fanny as low as possible, lock wrist and attack the short hop from the ground up and slightly out.

                      24. (Between or mid hops) Block with mid section (do not catch).

                      25. Wet grass caused by dew or light rain will cause hard throws to skip or skim much faster and farther than dry grass.

                      26. Home to first base double plays. Like a first baseman, both feet on the edge of the plate, step to the throw with your glove foot, shuffle out inside or outside (depending on their throw). Do not throw over the runner.

                      27. Pop ups. Remember the ball always spins violently toward the field. (like drawing a lower case, cursive “L” backwards). Find ball, sprint to where it will likely land, toss mask so you don’t trip over it later. Try to catch the ball with your back facing the field.

                      28. 1st and 3rd situations. Get signs from the dugout, stand in front of the plate and give a series of signs to the infield. The first two plays are “reads” by the middle infielders at the college and professional level but “called plays” at the youth level. The first play is “cut by middle infielder” between 2b and the mound (catcher does not glance at 3b runner). The second play is the exact same throw only the first middle infielder fakes a catch and continues his momentum toward 3b while the other one takes the throw at the bag (catcher glances at 3b runner after the catch and before this throw). The last play is a “straight throw to 3b” (right foot behind left if RH batter, square shoulders and throw).

                      29. Befriend the umpire. Don’t talk or chatter during the game. Don’t turn and look at him for or after a call. Don’t hold the pitch longer than one second (anything more is considered showing him up). Don’t answer your coach when he asks “where was that pitch, Johnny”? Quietly do your job. Show respect and use your manners when talking to him. If he likes you he will like your team. He also talks to a lot of scouts and college coaches about “the best catcher’s he has seen”. If he gets hit with a foul tip, ask for time and go to the mound to talk to the pitcher until he has recovered. If he respects you, you will notice that when you take a foul tip to a meaty part, he will ask for more balls from the dugout and/or dust off home plate as well.

                      30. Appealing check swings. Politely turn and ask him if he will ask for help. Do not point to the field ump without asking the home plate ump first!

                      31. Diving catches are faster. Land on hands with elbows out to eliminate jarring.

                      32. Sliding catches to avoid collisions with teammates, dugout and fences. Catch ball on the way down, then slide and plant lead foot to stop.

                      33. Rundowns: Once a runner is hung up, chase him with ball in bare hand to get him going full speed. Throw the ball to the closing fielder and keep going toward 3b but get well out of the base line (do not stop and circle back to home). A perfect rundown takes zero to one throw.

                      34. Yell “room-room” or “no play-no play” to your corner infielders and outfielders that are chasing foul balls near a fence. Always err on the side of safety or you will lose your credibility as a leader.

                      35. Free visit. When you see that your pitcher is struggling, save your coach an official visit and ask for time out yourself to go speak to him. This will also allow a relief pitcher more time to warm up in the bullpen. Many batteries do this when they change the signs as a runner reaches 2nd base.

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