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Wesleythecacther ·
Here is the newest video from today: https://youtu.be/zsUPiB4vYcs Sadly some of my best throws were not included due to my phone running out of storage.
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Buckeye 2015 ·
Again, the footwork isn't bad....but the video overall is of absolutely no use to you....though the camera angle from there is much better than from behind 2nd. Throwing to a net just doesn't work....you just can't get an idea of where the throws really are. I wouldn't bother doing another one until you can have a player at 2nd catching your throws. Heck, have your little sister or brother stand off to the side 5-10 feet away and throw to you...and let the kid in the video (looks like he can...
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Re: POP TIME HELP NEEDED

Wesleythecacther ·
Thanks for the glove movement tip, will work on it. As for the helping of the video shooting, I will try to get help. Hard to have people that will help you when they want to do other things. Where do you suggest that I have the camera at? I have it set up on a tripod and can't have anyone hold it.
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Buckeye 2015 ·
The camera behind you was ok....much better than the one from out by 2nd base
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CollegeParentNoMore ·
See angle for throws to 2nd. Everything the catcher does with his hands and feet can be clearly seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbHhW35Lkt8
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2forU ·
My opinion, your throwing hand should not be at your cup, but behind the glove. When you receive the ball, let the ball momentum, with the guidance of your left arm guide the ball and the glove up towards your right shoulder while rotating the glove, so that your hand can simply grab the ball and release (this is a quicker way to get the arm into the throwing position). The ball has to cooperate (meaning your pitcher needs to target better for video). Also, get your pitchers phone to record...
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Consultant ·
Welsey; you should focus on the "role of a catcher' . Arm strength is only one phase and their are several methods to adjust. During infield speed up your throws to the bases, move in the front of the plate. QUICK RELEASE! as I have mentioned you can warm up with a teammate by catching the ball off the heal of the mitt for quick transfer. 1. calling the game. "read the bat" 2. read the runner. when is stealing " is his right toe point to second base 3. know your pitcher, give him signs for...
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Re: POP TIME HELP NEEDED

Wesleythecacther ·
Okay, thank you. Now here is another question. What is the order of importance of catching skills? Like numbered, what would receiving, blocking, throwing, game calling, pitcher relationships, and etc be in order of importance?
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Consultant ·
WHEN WE PLAY INTERNATIONALLY OR AT COLLEGE., they all equal for the team to WIN! after all isn't winning or losing? Bob.
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CatsPop ·
Just asked my catcher Wesley, he said: Receiving, Pitcher Relationship, Game Calling, Blocking and then Throwing. He thinks Receiving is 85% of what catcher does, Blocking 10% + Throwing 5%.
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2forU ·
Pop time and velocity are the most important aspect of catching to any coach who's job is on the line for choosing a catcher. It's expected and those that have it, are expected to receive and block, read the bat and runners, and manage the pitchers. Lots of people will say receiving is most important, but they will choose a guy who has a cannon for an arm over a receiver any day of the week because they believe they can teach receiving and the other catching attributes. What I wrote is based...
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Wesleythecacther ·
Thanks for the feedback, how can I work on and better velocity?
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Consultant ·
Read the Johnny Bench book. his father placed the second base bag in short CF to improve Johnny throw. Pitchers "jumped" off the mound when Johnny threw to 2b. His throws were 4' above the mound to 2b. Your arm action looks like a pitcher. Throw from the ear. Like a QB. Bob
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Wesleythecacther ·
looked on Amazon and it costs $300, I don't have that kind of money. I found a book called: The Complete Handbook of Coaching Catchers by Jerry Weinstein .
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Consultant ·
Bench by book author Mike Shannon $1.99 at Barnes & Noble
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2forU ·
Search this site for velocity. you will find programs geared to throwing velocity. Kyle Boddy, Eric Cressey come to mind. Advanced Baseball in Burke VA has a great velocity program - you can check them out on the web (weighted balls (light, normal, heavy and body training, etc.) You can train your swing there as well. You can greatly improve your stick and release with some of the suggestions that have been made in your posts - the quick release as an example. If I remember correctly from...
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CollegeParentNoMore ·
See http://community.hsbaseballweb...ation.sort=ITEM_DATE Jerry knows his stuff. He also has a post on what things a college coach is looking for in a catcher.
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Wesleythecacther ·
Thank you for the advice! I will look at other posts and use the advice I've gotten in here.
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Wesleythecacther ·
I might have been looking at the wrong book then, lol
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Wesleythecacther ·
Thanks For the link, will check it out for sure. Wish I spent more time doing stuff instead of being on here, but I need the help.
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Re: Catcher Skills

redbird5 ·
Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm strengthening/stabilizing program. We use Jamie Evans' Velo-City (...
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CaCO3Girl ·
Has your velocity been clocked on your throw down?
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standballdad ·
Originally Posted by redbird5: Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm strengthening/stabilizing program. We use Jamie Evans'...
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Wesleythecacther ·
Originally Posted by CaCO3Girl: Has your velocity been clocked on your throw down? I have been clocked at 75 mph.
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Wesleythecacther ·
Originally Posted by standballdad: Originally Posted by redbird5: Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm...
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Re: Pitcher wanting to catch

FoxDad ·
Generally, by HS it's rare for a player to catch and pitch and do both effectively. Catcher's usually have a short throw for the pick off throw to 2nd (Ie, they don't bring their arm all the way back - usually throw from the ear). Catching is tough on the knees/legs due to squatting much of the time. Even if he doesn't pitch the same day as catching, the effect can still be felt. If your son wants to catch, that's fine. He just needs to realize he may have to give up pitching. It's one of...
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FFXfireman ·
My boy was a RHP/C right up until high school when his travel coach (a well accomplished RHP) told him he needed to choose. His biggest issue was, not only the different mechanics, but the wear on the arm. No position on the field throws the ball more than the pitcher and catcher by far. That repetition is a recipie for overuse and injury. Since entering HS (he's a 2018), he has been a RHP/OF and that's done quite well for him. Good luck!
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playball2011 ·
Catching to be a better P makes no sense. My son caught and P until age 13 when we saw that catching was a contact position at times so we had him stop because his P abilities were better and didn't want to worry about injuries, which he had a few minor ones. son also moved from SS/3B to outfield when not P which he loved. He got in the long toss he needed. With 5 catchers in program how much playing time would son get? The fact that he can play Inf positions will get him more time.
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lionbaseball ·
Be careful for what you wish. We are in a small school (400 HS kids) so the talent depth is shallow. My son catches and pitches and to be honest I don't see his catching form interfering with this pitching form. My biggest concern is that in tournaments or playoffs he will pitch one game and catch the next. Not only arm fatigue but the squatting takes a toll on your legs which are instrumental in pitching. During the season it's not a big deal because we play 2 games per week. So the 1st...
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CaCO3Girl ·
My son is also a 2020 8th grader, who pitches and catches. He says that being a catcher has allowed him to be a better hitter. When you call for a specific pitch and you see it over and over again, how it moves, what the pitchers arm looked like, the spin...etc...well he swears it allows him better pitch recognition and he does have the lowest strike out percentage on the team...so he may have a point. I will say that getting into catching in 8th grade is going to be difficult. Catchers have...
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2019Dad ·
I'm going to have to disagree with CaCO3Girl on this one. There are so many examples of catchers who took it up in college or after turning pro (Buster Posey, Carlos Ruiz, Mike Piazza, etc.), that I don't think 8th grade is in any way "late." Just by way of example, one of the two catchers getting playing time at UCLA this year is a true freshman who was a high school infielder that UCLA converted to catcher this year -- and he's gotten 16 starts at catcher. So if he wants to become a...
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B-MoreBeast ·
I catch and pitch and only started catching regularly in the Spring/Summer of 2015. If he's committed to getting better and actually wants to play the position I'd say it's worth it to give him a shot. I saw some of the above comments regarding how catching skills take years and years behind the dish to develop, but if your son has a high baseball IQ and a natural feel for the game he'll catch on quickly. I've found that it is very much a reactionary position as much as it is an anticipatory...
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Backstop22 ·
We went through almost the same thing with my 2017 when he was an incoming Freshman. He was an OF/P with a strong arm and then the Varsity coach saw his Freshman team with two poor catching options and suggested to my son he would have a better chance of playing more as a C (he had caught some in Pony but it had been two years). So what I did was make a deal with him that we would buy some basic used catcher's gear for his Freshman season, and if he still wanted to catch and the coach wanted...
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RJM ·
As someone noted there are name catchers who didn't catch until college. Bob Boone was an All American third baseman at Stanford. The Phillies made him a catcher in the minors. Blake Swihart was drafted for his athleticism and moved to catcher in the minors. I've seen a few middle infielders and centerfielders moved to catcher in high school. They have the hands and the arm. Pitching and catching? Not a good idea for the arm or the legs.
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playball2011 ·
You will not see a P/C in college. Possey was a SS I believe in HS. This kids HS team already has 5 catchers, unless he's amazing he won't be a catcher there. To the dad whose son is in HS and a starting P on Fri then catching the Sat game. WHY r u allowing that? The coach is only thinking of winning a game, not what's best for your sons arm. If this kid is a good P I would not let him start catching too. You'll have to deal w coaches like this one that will abuse arm.
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CaCO3Girl ·
RJM, the OP said there were 5 catchers and his kid was on the small side. You and the other posters are talking about turning a highly athletic player into a catcher....I think that's a bit different than picking up the gear in 8th grade and beating out 5 guys for the job while trying to pitch.
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RJM ·
Posey was the shortstop at FSU. Rod Delmonico was fired as head coach at Tennessee. He was buddies with Marrtin. He became an assist. His son was an all SEC shortstop at Tennesee. He transferred to FSU with his dad. The FSU catcher graduated. Posey was moved to catcher.
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Former Member ·
Sorry, should have specified...the five catchers are as of right now, not counting 1 graduating and 1 expected to transfer, leaving 3...1 varsity, 2 JV. Thanks for the That's good advice, his travel ball coach and HS know each other... I agree, all the catchers I see now are athletes. He is one of the more athletic kids on his travel team and even though he is almost the youngest on his HS team, he has nearly the fastest 40 times with great range and a wicked arm. Thanks for the advice
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

Midwest Mom ·
Ben, I'm not an expert on high-academic D1/D3 catching stats (my son is a 2019 1B/RHP/3B), but others here have Ivy and D3 experience and great perspective, like BucsFan, 9and7Dad, Gov and others (you can always private message if they don't respond here). I will say that I'm really impressed you have this goal and that you're reaching out here to ask. I'd suggest that you send some video to coaches at the schools you're interested in now if you haven't. Also, have you filled out the...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

JCG ·
Ben, if you do send video try to make a really tight edit with nothing but simulated game reps and/or game action focused on you. A recruiting video should be 2-3 minutes, top. I tried watching some of your videos but honestly there wasn't enough going on. Your situation is a challenge but if you could shoot on ball field not a soccer pitch that would be good. You're doing the right thing going to Head First. Don't know about the Swarthmore camp, but it's a great school, so why not,...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

cabbagedad ·
Hi Ben, Welcome to the site. Thanks for sharing your videos. It would be interesting to see a few hitting videos. Regarding defense/catching - I want to give you honest feedback, positive and negative... You have some interesting physical tools and a good build but catching mechanics are still raw and very much a work in progress. I like your quick release and decent athleticism. But most of your throws, you spin off/fall off too much. Your feet are reasonably quick but they are often going...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi MidWestMom, thanks for the reply. I've filled out the recruiting questionnaire for my ED, Swarthmore, and I'm in the process of contacting coaches from the rest of my shortlist. I have family in Oregon, and I've attended the Oregon State overnight camp for the last two years, and am planning on doing so again this year. This website has some great resources, and I've sort of lurked in the shadows for the past few months haha.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi JGC, I haven't sent any video or edited anything yet. That video on my Drive is what I've been taking to evaluate myself and try and improve. It's still below freezing here in London for most practices, so the field is out of commission until April 8th. My club ball coach, a Dartmouth grad who holds single season records for hits and runs scored, has told me as an international student I need to send two emails where everyone else would send one, just to maintain interest and recruitment...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi CabbageDad, thanks for the response. That's very useful feedback, I'll incorporate it into my training. I'm a regular at my school weight room, and I'm actively trying to make myself more of a physical specimen with good projection. At this time, I'm throwing long toss into a net in my back garden most days. At this point, Ivies are mostly a second option, and to be honest, if I had offers from my favourite D3 as well as Harvard, I'd take the D3. Some hitting video should be up on the...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

#1 Assistant Coach ·
Ben, HCs at D3s Vassar (NY state) and Pomona (SoCal) both played ball post college in Europe. They might be interested in learning more about you. Top academic D3s, both with solid programs. PM me for more specifics or names and email addresses if you need.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

joes87 ·
Ben, are you an American playing in England or are you British. Not that it matters in the end, but I am going to give an example of a German player who came to the states and successfully made it into college ball. Depending on your situation it maybe helpful to you. My sons sophomore year in HS a player transferred in from Germany. He was a pitcher. Its tough to compare skill levels to what I have seen on your videos, but he was big and athletic. Similar to what I saw in your videos. His...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

JCG ·
You are looking at 2 great schools. Swarthmore's campus is so beautiful, and it will be just cold and wet enough to remind you of London sometimes. Pomona's campus is wonderful too but walking around in tee shirts and shorts all winter might make you homesick. Good luck!
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
joes87, I'm an American citizen living in London for the last 14 of 17 years. I can't foresee myself transferring to a US high school, or attending a JuCo, but I have considered a gap year in the past. My intended major would be Political Science, and I have some contacts in Oregon politics, so working on a congressional campaign during 2019/2020 is a possibility, and would really strengthen my application. At the same time I could be seeking coaching on my catching and working on my physique.
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benbritain2019 ·
There's video of me hitting on the google drive now, if you're interested.
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