Baseball Catching Skills: Setup Closer to the Hitter
Close the space between you and the batter. Look to steal more strikes for your pitcher with these catching tips.
Baseball Catching Skills: The Line Blocking Drill
Become a better backstop this season and improve your blocking capabilities with this helpful training exercise.
Baseball Catcher Tips: How to Properly Block a Ball
When a pitch comes your way, you need the toughness to stand your ground and the agility to stop the ball from rolling out of reach.
Baseball Catcher Tips: How to Catch a Pop-Up
Turning the right way and gaining the proper position are key steps to mastering this all-too-common play.
Baseball Catcher Tips: Communication is Key
Catchers are the field generals of the diamond. Learn how to have your messages heard loud and clear and not be lost in translation.
The Basics of Choosing Baseball Catcher’s Gear
A catcher is one of the most important positions in baseball. Make sure you have the right gear that’s both protective and comfortable so you can excel behind the plate.
Learn More About Catcher's Gear & Equipment
Game-Changing Protection: Learn More About Catcher's Equipment
Guard the plate with industry-leading gear from DICK'S Sporting Goods.
Choose from catcher's sets, which come complete with everything you need for play, or customize your protection with individual pieces. And every catcher knows it's the details that count. Pick up catcher's accessories, including wrist guards and sleeves, catcher's bags and knee savers.
When you're done stocking up on catcher's gear head over to our full selection of baseball equipment which includes a wide selection of batting gloves and batting helmets.
Stay protected behind home in a lightweight yet protective catcher's helmet. Choose a helmet with strategically placed air vents to allow proper circulation. A high-strength steel cage provides superb impact protection. Multi-layer foam delivers snug fit and proper impact dispersion. Always ensure that your helmet does not hinder your field of vision.
Chest protectors shield the ribs, heart, collarbone and stomach from impact. Keep in mind that softball chest protectors break in at the chest to better accommodate a woman's shape. Baseball chest protectors come with a removable groin protector.
Detachable wings and shoulder pads on your chest protector provide a more customized fit. A moisture-wicking liner on your chest pad keeps you cool and confident.
Leg guards safeguard you from knee scrapes when you go in for a low catch. Your leg pads should be made from high-energy padding for total impact absorption.
Properly fitting catcher's equipment is critical to your game and your safety.
Fitting Your Catcher's Helmet: Manufacturers have different sizing methods, so always consult product information before purchasing. Use your hat size as a general guideline for helmet size.
Finding Your Chest Protector Size: Start from the base of your neck and measure to just above the waistline. This measurement does not include your groin protector. With this measurement, consult manufacturer guidelines for the correct fit.
Fitting Your Leg Guards: Measure from your knee to the middle of your ankle bone. Then, consult manufacturer guidelines. You should choose a size within a half-an-inch of your measurement. Many brands offer leg protectors in youth, intermediate and adult sizes.