Become a better batterymate with crisp catching and framing skills behind the dish.
When a catcher gets into position behind the plate, they have several responsibilities to help their team get out of an inning unblemished.
No. 1 on that list is receiving the pitch.
“The main focus of a catcher is to receive pitches,” Junior National Team Gold Medal-winning Coach Pam Newton says. “A dependable catcher builds confidence, chemistry and trust in their pitcher.”
When receiving a pitch, you should start in an athletic stance and:
Where the ball is thrown will make a difference in how you receive it. For example:
You'll also need to be prepared if the pitch is high or low:
A good drill for you to use is the barehand catching drill. Start by:
“A good receiver can make the difference between balls and strikes and, sometimes, outs,” Newton says.
Having strong receiving skills can also help build confidence in your pitcher. You can help your pitcher by giving readable signs and clearly calling pitches. Check out tips on how to help your pitcher and properly set yourself up for discreet, easy-to-read signing.