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Catching Drills

Framing The Pitch

 

  • Shadow
    Catcher starts out in his stance. Coach holds a ball in front of the catcher and moves it around the strike zone. The catcher follows the path of the baseball and frames the area. The catcher should work on body movement and catching the ball in halves.

  • One Knee Toss
    Coach gets on one knee five to ten feet from the catcher. The coach will toss a ball to the catcher. The catcher works on body movement and catching the ball in halves. The benefit of this approach is that the coach is close enough so he can be more accurate with his toss and work all areas.

  • Medium Toss
    Coach stands up and throws pitches to a catcher from 40-50 feet. This allows the catcher to track the ball from a longer distance. The catcher still works on body movement and catching the ball in halves.

  • Catching Batting Practice and Bullpens
    This is as close to a live game situation as a catcher can experience. It is very important that a catcher not just go through the motions when catching batting practice or a bullpen. This must be a highly intense environment and must be taken seriously. Frame the pitches that must be framed. In other words, batting practice and bullpen work can be the best drill for framing.


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