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Catching Mechanics And Drills 2 05 07

  1. 1. Receiving and Blocking Mechanics and Drills
  2. 2. Catch and Throw is collaborating with the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, and Vicon Motion Systems for the Health and Performance of Athletes
  3. 3. Catch and Throw Mission <ul><li>The mission of Catch and Throw is to provide quality instruction and mentoring on and off the field for the health and performance of catchers from little league to the major leagues </li></ul>
  4. 4. 4 LEGS OF THE PERFORMANCE TABLE <ul><li>Mechanics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper mechanics of receiving, blocking, and throwing to stay safe and healthy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Functional Strength </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usable strength to support Receiving, blocking, and throwing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recovery from day to day rigors of catching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mental/Emotional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlling emotions and understanding mental aspects and interaction of the game </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Catcher’s Responsibilities <ul><li>Catch </li></ul><ul><li>Block </li></ul><ul><li>Throw </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident </li></ul><ul><li>Show leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Manage the Field </li></ul>
  6. 6. Game of Angles, Distance, and Time <ul><li>Bang-Bang plays </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize the amount of time catchers are involved in plays </li></ul><ul><li>The longer the ball is in possession of the catcher the worse the outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Only Turn back to field to catch pop ups and go to dugout </li></ul>
  7. 7. One Size Fits One <ul><li>Get out of your Lens </li></ul><ul><li>Each Catcher has a Unique: </li></ul><ul><li>Body Type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Height </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center of Gravity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Desire </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the Game </li></ul><ul><li>Arm Strength </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul><ul><li>Endurance Base </li></ul>
  8. 8. Gloves <ul><li>Glove sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Glove weights </li></ul><ul><li>Hand Placement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Catchers Gear <ul><li>Protection of Body </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of Ball </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure gear fits and is snug </li></ul>
  10. 10. Set Up <ul><li>Importance of Energy Conservation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting Catchers in MLB catch about 18,000 pitches per year in games alone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comfortable stance </li></ul><ul><li>Feet Comfortable and balanced </li></ul><ul><li>Left knee rolled slightly in to clear glove arm </li></ul><ul><li>Chest over knees </li></ul><ul><li>Body Positioning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RHP vs. LHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Side Arm pitchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sinker ball pitchers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stance with runners on base </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chest Over Knees <ul><li>Keep chest up and over knees to ensure Balance & Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>When Counterbalancing to receive ball, the head and Eyes will stay and be stable </li></ul>
  12. 12. Target <ul><li>Hand Position in Glove </li></ul><ul><li>Fingers Up </li></ul><ul><li>Least Amount of movement as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Glove position in relation to body </li></ul><ul><li>Glove height </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom of zone </li></ul>
  13. 13. Signs <ul><li>Crisp and confident </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The wrong sign with confidence is better that the right sign with fear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Different Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fingers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pumps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sequences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st sign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st after designated sign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABEL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horns </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Receiving <ul><li>Catchers 1 st priority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you cannot catch the ball you cannot be a catcher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>90% of Job </li></ul><ul><li>7 Baseballs on plate </li></ul><ul><li>Counter balancing </li></ul><ul><li>Catching the ball clean </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet vs. Loud movements </li></ul><ul><li>Soft hands </li></ul>
  15. 15. Receiving vs. Framing <ul><li>Receive the ball Deep </li></ul><ul><li>Position Glove to let the force of the ball take the glove to the strike zone </li></ul><ul><li>Stiff elbow and relaxed Wrist </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blocking <ul><li>Catch the Ball to Block the Ball </li></ul><ul><li>14 baseballs </li></ul><ul><li>Soft vs. Loud Movements </li></ul><ul><li>Left knee then Right knee </li></ul><ul><li>Cut down distance </li></ul><ul><li>Block BIG </li></ul><ul><li>Hand behind Glove </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Useless without use of throwing hand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chin Down </li></ul><ul><li>Block Ball from Logo Down </li></ul>
  17. 17. Skill Drills
  18. 18. Positions Then Movements <ul><li>Make sure to put the Catcher in the positions that he needs to be in before asking him to add movement to the skill. </li></ul><ul><li>Involve drills with positions and Movements </li></ul>
  19. 19. Receiving Drills <ul><li>Learning how to receive ball with eyes and glove with very little body movement </li></ul><ul><li>Catching the ball Clean </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receiving the ball in the same spot in the glove each time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arm Position Drill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relaxed Soft Hands Receiving Drill </li></ul><ul><li>Balance Disc Tosses </li></ul><ul><li>Bullpens </li></ul>
  20. 20. Dry & Soft Toss Receiving on Balance Disc <ul><li>PURPOSE: To Work on Proper Balance with Body and Counter Balancing to Receive the Ball </li></ul>....VideosCatching VideoBalance Ball Training.wmv
  21. 21. Relaxed Soft Hands Receiving <ul><li>PURPOSE: Working on Movement of Body and Glove to Receive Ball </li></ul>
  22. 22. BULLPENS <ul><li>Using the time in the Bullpen to work on the skill of receiving the ball. </li></ul><ul><li>Catch Every Pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Learn How different pitchers pitches react and move </li></ul>
  23. 23. Blocking Drills <ul><li>Position Drill </li></ul><ul><li>Catch to Block Drill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think Catch 1 st Block 2 nd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dry Blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling ball Drill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement drill </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Soft Tosses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work on technique </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bullpen Blocks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge catchers to keep everything in front </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blocks to Throw Drill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scramble vs. Cover </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Dry Blocks <ul><li>PURPOSE: To Put the Body into the Correct Positions to Block the Ball in Center of Body </li></ul>....VideosCatching VideoCatching Video 2007_02_08_09_15_57.avi
  25. 25. Short Toss and Bullpen Blocking <ul><li>Starting Close with Low intensity and gradually adding in full distance and intensity to work on reacting and blocking balls in the dirt </li></ul>....VideosCatching VideoCatching Video 2007_02_08_09_55_02.avi
  26. 26. Catchers Conditioning <ul><li>You are only as strong as your WEAKEST LINK </li></ul><ul><li>Must Train as a combination pitcher and position player </li></ul><ul><li>Catchers Throw and are up and down more than any other player on the field. </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of aerobic, anaerobic conditioning and Rotational Strength Training </li></ul><ul><li>Stability – Mobility – Flexibility </li></ul>
  27. 27. Box Training <ul><li>Purpose: To Increase Strength in End Ranges </li></ul>
  28. 28. THANK YOU