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Catcher Skills

Wesleythecacther ·
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdHr6JAOE2s   Here is a link to my video from Baseball Factory. Here is a link to my Baseball Factory page: http://members.baseballfactory...er/_/109066/#member/   Can I have any catching advice, more on...
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Lynn University

njbaseballkid2015 ·
Anyone have info on them? Any info at all. I know about the school and education, but what about baseball? How/where they recruit, showcases they attend, how their camps are, and, above all, how to get their attention from all the way up in Jersey?...
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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: Lynn University

2Bmom ·
I don't know anything about Lynn directly, but one of my son's JUCO teammates is going there next year.They play in the Sunshine State Conference and are in the middle of the pack baseball-wise. The player that is going there is a big 1B/3B/P who hits with power. I don't know how they recruit, but I can tell you that one way to be seen by them is to play for a Florida JUCO. Here's the SSC baseball website http://www.sunshinestateconfer...sport.asp?sportID=18
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Re: Advice on 3 potential errors (some weather-related)

Goosegg ·
IMO, No errors on any play. While the standard is ordinary effort, generally its interpreted as basically requiring the fielder either touch the ball or essentially have it go through him (e.g., infielder ball between his legs). Instance 1 was a miscommunication between three fielders; instance 2 was a player who will now never forget his sunglasses and use his glove to block the sun; instance 3 could be attributed to the weather. The good news is that the first two instances provide great...
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Ja'Crispy ·
None of those seem like routine plays 14u players would be expected make all of the time. I think if any of these plays are made the players gets a "ooh great catch". This is 14u ball and good teaching moments. I would mark them down as hits and remind the kids how to handle them better next time.
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Kevin A ·
I mentioned this before. I don't really sweat what the guy who does the book. writes down. A lot of time and at lower levels its a dad that means well or another player. Not exactly experienced score keeping. If your trying to keep track and record at the HS level for college recruiters, thats a different issue. at 14/u it really doesn't to much. My son's a catcher and I know what he should and shouldn't get to....I dont sweat if the pitcher spikes the ball two feet in front of the plate and...
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Advice on 3 potential errors (some weather-related)

uid-bball ·
Hello, new member and somewhat new to scorekeeping for 14u team. I have some plays over the past few weeks that i'd like to get some opinions on if they are errors or not. I'm still a little unclear how much weight to give to "weather" when it comes to judging errors for the second and third situation. Thanks for any help. Situation #1: Fly ball hit a ball to the right field gap and a three-way collision ensues in the outfield between CF, RF and 2B, and ball drops. An error to the right...
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Swampboy ·
As Goosegg says, the standard is "ordinary effort." You have to make a subjective decision. Considering the totality of circumstances--where the fielder was positioned, where and how the ball was hit, and other factors in play like wind and sun--should a player of average ability at that level of baseball be able to make the play while exerting ordinary effort? One unofficial rule of thumb I use is to put myself in the position of the pitcher. Could the pitcher have reasonably expected the...
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Gov ·
Situation 1: Hit. If caught it would have been a great play by any of the three players involved. Not an ordinary effort play. Situation 2: Hit. IT's exceptional effort to block the sun with the glove to make the play, especially at 14. Chances are, even with sunglasses it could have been difficult to catch. Situation 3: Hit. It would take exceptional effort to quickly calculate the wind and rain effect. If the player made the play everybody would have clapped, suggesting it wasn't an...
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uid-bball ·
Thank you for all the responses. Great advice.
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Stats4Gnats ·
DadintheBox posted: …All this to say is that scoring is subjective and sometimes the wrong person is hit with the error (ex. SS makes a great play in the hole and throws off balance. Ball is a low throw that one hops. 1st baseman scoops and misses - E6. But a good 1B makes the play 9/10 times). ... I agree that a good F3 saves a lot of errors, but it doesn’t matter. Any throw that strikes the ground that would have put a runner out if it was caught, is an error on the thrower. OBR Rule...
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DadintheBox ·
I have been keeping the book for years. I can't tell you the number of times I have had the "he should have had it" - "the standard is ordinary effort" conversation. However, this year, I have become frustrated by a first baseman who doesn't scoop well and never comes off the bag to block a ball. The throws could be better but a better first baseman would have cut the errors in half or at least held the runner at first instead of letting the ball get by him and the runner going to 2nd. All...
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Swampboy ·
As a pitcher's dad, I often suspected scorekeepers of basing their decision on their assumption that it's better to call it a hit and have the pitcher's dad hate them than to call it an error and have both the hitter's dad and the fielder's dad hate them.
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Golfman25 ·
If you're the pitcher's dad: All three are errors. If you're the hitters' dad: All three are hits.
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FoxDad ·
This has been brought up time and time again, but HS stats are not reliable (Many times the official score book is kept by a parent or player in the dugout) and college coaches rarely (If ever) take them into account. What they do take into account is the player's tools. Not saying HS stats shouldn't be kept, but statistically the data set is too small to mean anything. Even at the college level where they play three times as many games in a season, the data set is not quite enough to mean...
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Catching Pop Time

Wesleythecacther ·
Need some help, tips, advice for my throws to second. I was thinking that I should be throwing under 2.0 to the bag, but I am not from what I saw of my recent video that I got of myself. any advice, mechanically, etc. on what to do? What could I be doing wrong? There is the link to my video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RavimeYq3Ig
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Wesleythecacther ·
I will work on that! What is the best thing to do for arm strength? How often can I long toss and do band work? I do band work like 3 times a week and use it to warm up before a game.
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Golfman25 ·
Try to get rid of the arc on the ball. Get on top of it and fire a bullet to the bag.
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Top 3 takeaways from parents who have been there

Midwest Mom ·
Parents of student athletes who have successfully gone through the baseball recruiting process: as you look back, what would you say are your top 3 key learnings for those of us in the thick of it right now? We see bits and pieces of your wisdom in different threads, but would be great to see what you think matters most. Thanks in advance.
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TPM ·
Hmm, good question. Obviously there is a lot of learning and sometimes it gets overwhelming and we lose our way. The best advice I can give that I feel matters most.... Don't let it overwhelm you. Everyone is different, don't compare your son to anyone. Have him evaluated when he is ready. Dont go broke before college. Let it be fun for everyone in your family. Guide your son through the process, don't do the work for him and never make excuses. Don't get pissed at him because he isn't...
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Midwest Mom ·
TPM - thank you.
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Trust In Him ·
TPM is spot on. I would like to add: Cherish and appreciate the time spent going to practices, lessons, tournaments, games and such. It is an excellent opportunity to have meaningful parents/player/siblings bonding and no better way to strengthen a family. The playing won't last forever but the memories will. The temptation will be great but after the game refrain from lecturing your son on the mistakes he made during the game or the missed opportunities. Believe me he knows what he did...
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BaseballFan1965 ·
Look for the right fit for the player. The right school (i.e. this is a school desired if baseball is not in the decision making loop), level of play, and coach. If any of these are not the right fit the player may be very disappointed or frustrated. Not that there is not value in dealing with adversity but it is tough enough without additional hurdles. Answer's to all three of those are not going to result in certainties but due diligence allows the player to be an informed decision maker.
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9and7dad ·
The recruiting process is a great opportunity for your son to grow up and learn how to effectively deal with adults much sooner than he otherwise would have. He will learn how to communicate better - on the phone, in person, and via the written word. He will mature right before your eyes if you let him. Coach him lightly but let him find his way and take responsibility for the outcomes. You'll be amazed at what you see. Try to focus on the real goal (my opinion) of recruiting - getting the...
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3and2Fastball ·
MIDWEST MOM: Standing Ovation. What a great idea for a thread!
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keewart ·
To add, but this is nothing new: 1) Go to as many games as you can. You never know when it will be the last. 2) Make friends with the other parents, then sit far far away. Cheer for the whole team, not just your son. 3) Everything happens for a reason. You just don't know it at the time. 4)(sorry) Keep a travel baseball budget once your child plays in college. You are going to want to travel to see him play, then championships, hotels, food, taking your son out to eat....as well as another...
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Enjoying the Ride ·
1. Try to relax and be patient. Your son will bloom when he blooms and no amount of parental angst is going to make that happen sooner than nature intends. 2. Remember that actions speak louder than words. College coaches will say many things, including some that you desperately want to hear, but at the end of the day it is what they actually do that matters. 3. It will almost certainly be a crazy, thrilling, unpredictable ride. In the words of the legendary Tom House, your heart will break...
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cabbagedad ·
Make the same parenting decisions and hold him accountable to his family and community responsibilities just as you would without baseball. Love him for who he is outside of baseball and make sure he knows that. You both should work the plan but you both should make sure you enjoy today - enjoy everything special about the HS years.
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BOF ·
1. Have a plan and work the plan: This means poring over Princeton, US News, Fiske, and other resources, and really understand what are the options and what is important for YOUR SON, not you. Large school, small school, locations, get a feel for the vibe of a school. Spend evening after evening talking through these issues. Match GPA and test scores to where he will fit academically, forgetting about baseball. Talk about majors, interests, girls, what college life is like, get to really...
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MAM ·
Great thread idea Midwest Mom. Here are my three: 1. Don’t get caught up in the D1, D2, D3 circus. There are kids that are unquestionably D1 talents. But frankly those are few and far between. The are a whole lot more kids that fall on the fringe — can they make a D1 program… maybe. Will they sit for two or three years? Maybe. Just because they sit on the bench — that doesn’t mean they are excluded from the early morning lifting, the 3 hour practices, etc… From what I have heard first hand —...
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StrainedOblique ·
1. CAST A WIDE NET Forget D1, D2, D3. There are outstanding baseball programs and learning facilities at the D3 level and there are crappy baseball programs and diploma mills at the D1 level. This whole thing is about 'finding the right fit' socially, economically , academically and Baseball. Most kids / parents overreach and chase the same 4-5 schools ( All D1 of course ) That is a potentially fatal mistake. *Only 7% of HS players will play NCAA baseball.....Only 2% at the Division 1 level...
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old_school ·
Focus on development and training 13 and 14...winning is fine but the skills learned when transitioning to the big field need to be correct and ingrained deep. Find a travel team that fits your budget, goals and focuses on player development and supporting the recruiting process. Winning will happen if they do it well anyway. Don't rush the process, for some it will happen early others late. Start preparing your son to talk to with coaches at a young age, if they aren't naturally outgoing...
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#1 Assistant Coach ·
An old, wise, local baseball sage, told me once, "for a kid to play college baseball, he has to get past the car keys and the girlfriend." I never knew what he meant???? Until this past summer. The window for most boys to be inspired to play, then be recruited to play, and finally commit to play college baseball is probably 13 - 18 years old. Within those five years boys go from being "boys," to being "men." As 9and7 says above, "There are days it tears your guts out." He's referring to the...
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old_school ·
the car wasn't a major issue, the girlfriend is a hardcore softball player, they have spent quality time in the cage working together...
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fenwaysouth ·
Lots of lessons and tough to narrow it down to three. 1) Have a plan, and be willing to change the plan if he is not getting the desired results. We changed scope a couple times until we finally stumbled on the right situation. It was a lot of work, but I'm convinced after 20+ months we figured it out, and my son got the best possible outcome because of his flexibility. 2) Evaluate coaches by what they do, not what they say. Coaches will blow smoke up your butt...be prepared. They will tell...
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Shoveit4Ks ·
1. Map out the schools where he wants to attend/play baseball. 2. Don't let the RC pressure you, be clear about your timeline to decide. 3. Enjoy the ride, before you know it he will be at college and you'll be missing him around the house.
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TPM ·
Love your short, concise to the point reply! Hope all is well. #clemsonfamily
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Ja'Crispy ·
1) You never know who is watching you. You may think you are playing some throw away game on a nowhere field and the right guy is watching you at the right time. Always act like you are being watched. 2) Grades and test scores are extremely important. Chances are you wont be getting a full ride for baseball no matter how good you are. One more A in HS or 1 point higher on the ACT can mean more in merit aid than you ever realize when you are half heartedly studying for these things. 3) Put...
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Bball34 ·
#2 is just great and so succinct. Made my cup of coffee even more enjoyable - even if almost spit it out at first read.
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Nuke83 ·
1, 2 & 3 - Realize that your individual family circumstance is exactly that, your INDIVIDUAL circumstance. Don't try and fit every sliver of advice on this website or any other, and don't sweat it when you can't or get different results. That isn't to say that all the advice here isn't invaluable, but realize, you have everything from parents of former first rounders out of high school to parents of kids who will never make any level of college roster here dispensing their advice and...
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younggun ·
Lot of great advice from people who have been there and done that. I'm not sure I have anything to add, but I will reiterate; 1. "Enjoy the ride." I cannot overstate this one. It's like a hole in my soul where my son moved away and we don't have the daily interaction. It is very difficult to convey the magnitude of this one. 2. "Go to as many games as possible." Wow, this one is SO true. My son is 8 hours away, but the wife and I attended 10 weekend series, the SEC tourney and Omaha. I would...
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2017LHPscrewball ·
I know this website has been around for years, but the advice presented in this thread over the last 12 hours is phenomenal. When I first saw the title, I starting thinking about what I could contribute - then I clicked on it and started reading. The OP asked for three, but it looks like this could be a Top 100 and headed for Golden Threads. I am looking forward to reading more. I am now debating whether to go back through and "like" every post. Looks like this has great coverage of the...
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RedFishFool ·
Being redundant but.... 1) Enjoy the ride. Relish the memories 2) Grades matter, even after baseball is over 3) Visit different schools. Your son's original decision to attend a certain institution may be swayed/altered by a visit to a college that was not even on the horizon. 3.1) Don't spend $$$ chasing a pipe dream. PS: If there is one thing that I wish that I/we had done that we didn't, it was buy a diary his Sophomore/Junior HS year and write down two or three comments on days that...
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Iowamom23 ·
1. Use this site for what it is — a wide variety of opinions that won't tell you what to do, it will tell you things to think about and consider as you decide what YOU want to do. 2. Your son has to want it, not you — we told ours in eighth grade that if he would do the work, we would financially back him. He had to schedule lessons, get himself up in the morning to go lift, etc. We weren't going to push him to do any of it. He has far exceeded our expectations. 3. Decide where baseball fits...
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Catch1721 ·
1. Provide the same resources for your son to be successful in the classroom as you would his development as a player. 2. Remember every dollar spent on recruiting is one less dollar you'll have to invest in your son's education. 3. Good luck on trying to figure out the "perfect amount" for #2. I never did.
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