I have a problem blocking the ball during the game sometimes. I have been told by my coaches that when I block I jump up instead of dropping straight down. I am good at blocking during drills, its just that during the game I have trouble sometimes. Here is a link of me blocking when I took a lesson a couple months back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho09idIZea4
Agree with coach... you need to work on quick, quick, quick. We work our catchers with rapid fire blocking so they are drop blocking (leaving the ball where the chest protector blocked it to) then quickly pouncing back into ready position for another rep. We'll hold a broom on top of their helmet during drop so they can feel if they have any/too much lift. This rapid fire drill also helps speed them up with retrieving the ball after blocking. I, too, believe the slow feet contribute to the...
Totally agree with Cabbage on everything but him talking about attacking the ball and being athletic when picking it up reminded me of something. What I teach my guys is to do everything he said is to put their nose over the ball. This will force the athletic stance and keep you from taking shortcuts by trying to reach for the ball. Something I tell all my fielders is quick - slow - quick which means quick to the ball - slow to field it - quick to get rid of it. Only way to do this is to be...
Thank you, I will work on my feet. Don't pay attention to the BF video that was taken a year ago, I ha begotten better. I will try to get game video soon and more video of me catching. When you say to not show the pic ther my chest and just show head and shoulders, what do you mean by that? And I did notice that in the lesson the balls weren't hiring my chest, I will get more video of me catching sometime soon hopefully once high school is over. Thanks for the rely and advice.
Okay, thank you. I did now change to having two stances, I always did have them, just in the BF visor I hadn't caught in months, I was playing first on varsity my sophomore year, and my throws to second have gotten better, you'll see when I get more video
Yeah you can tell you got better in the second video compared to the first video. One thing I forgot to put that I did see in the BF video is you need to get on top of the throw more. You have a slight drop / sidearm throw. As for the pitcher seeing your chest I tried to find some pictures but Google hates me. Imagine this - in the runners on position you want your butt up higher. Think of sitting on a short stool with the edge of your butt but your bent at the waist. This allows the ump to...
Thank you! I am starting my summer season soon, so I will get video then. And as for my swing, I understand what you mean by my hands going too far back, I believe that occurs sometimes because when I was taught by my uncle about my load, he had me over-emphasize my load so I would feel it, I just have to make that adjustment. And I do it for some power, last summer I had a homerun (the only one on the team to hit one).
Do you have any game film? That will help more than watching your videos because that's where you're messing up. Couple of observations 1. You have heavy feet - I would suggest getting a jump rope and learn to do all the boxing shuffles. Get on a good dot program to work more agility with your feet. Not sure if you want to do this one but I feel that it helped me tremendously was play offensive line for football. All the drills we did for footwork on moving people in tight spaces made me...
You look MUCH better in that video than the other ones. I especially like the adjustment you made with your trigger in moving to a more gentle landing / heel lift versus the stomp. Hard to tell but I think you have some power and I like the swing because it looks like you generate some good bat speed. One thing I did notice is that on 1 or 2 swings you hands go too far back on your trigger. Imagine pulling the string back on a bow and arrow and your hands doing that before you commit to the...
Hello everyone. I just uploaded a new skills video to YouTube here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3A_IRAiJFY Please give me some feedback on what you guys think. Any advice is appreciated.
I disagree that the "flip" is going to cost any strike (in and of itself). As an umpire, I am focused on the ball, not the glove -- and by the time the ball gets to the glove the glove is back where it should be. I'll leave any comments on the value of the flip or how it might affect other aspects of the catching to the coaches here.
Hello everyone. I just uploaded a new skills video to YouTube here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3A_IRAiJFY Please give me some feedback on what you guys think. Any advice is appreciated
I will try to get video of me hitting sometime in the future. I knew someone was going to say that. A question related to hitting off the tee that I have is, how far off the tee should I be able to hit the ball? I am going into my senior year, I am 6 ft and 200 lbs.
Thanks for the advice. I will include hitting in future videos. I will shorten it some more by taking out the clips you suggested. I will get more video of my throws to second. I got this video taken a couple weeks ago and have gotten better. Got my pop time down below 2.0 and my best at a 1.8.
Wesley, First, I think it is great that you are doing this. From experience I know that it is difficult to narrow down multiple shots into a concise video. It is important, though that you shorten it, if the intent is to get a college coach to view it. I recommend 2 minutes but no more than 3. My other points: The glove flip is common and typically used as a relaxation technique. Dont worry about that. I would definitely include hitting, maybe the first part if it is the strength of your...
Thanks, to answer your 2, I just re-edited the video and took out that part, but I want to get more football did me throwing to second because I have gotten better and they have gotten faster and are now under 2.0. And for 3 I will do that when I make a new video sometime. Also will try to get hitting. Would hitting off a tee work?
Man you look much better in this video than the one we talked over a few weeks ago. Great job in getting better with hard work. Keep it up. Few things 1. The glove flip isn't a big deal but IMO and others may disagree which is fine but personally I think you may have too much movement. You get into higher velocities it could cause you to be late in receiving but maybe not. I'm a big believer in the down tilt then pop to the spot. 2. Get rid of the throws from the knees. They don't sell you...
I do that to relax my hand and make sure that I stay underneath the ball and that I catch the bottom of the ball and it allows me to stick the pitch instead of the ball bringing my glove out of the strike zone once it hits the mitt.
I will get block and recover video sometime. Finding a field with a grass infield is rather difficult with where I live and most of the time the bases are put away in the sheds which I do not have access to. I will try my best next time to do what I can.
It is a Coach's Guide to teaching catching, but any Catcher can learn a ton from it. From what I can see you have talent & desire. Learning more advanced fundamentals in the craft of catching can only help! Best of luck!!!!
Thanks for the resources. I do have the Catching 101 book by Xan Barksdale. I also have the Art of Catching book by Brent Mayne. I will look at getting the other books. Thank you for all the help. I will try to get some hitting video today maybe and get some more video of throws to second as I am not satisfied with the footage that I do have on my video.
See if one of your coaches would be willing to help grant access to a field, they all want to see 'their boys" do well. Some other sources for you (get for your birthday or Christmas): http://www.coachingcatchers.com/; http://www.catching-101.com/; https://coacheschoice.com/p-21...atching-drills.aspx; http://brentmayne.com/ . Some of the authors are members here on the HSBaseballWeb. Keep reaching for the top!
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