Wesleythecacther posted:

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'm no expert at all in catching but why are you turning the glove down just before you receive? After you catch the ball your glove is nice and quiet but that little flip could cost you some strikes.

Dominik85 posted:
Wesleythecacther posted:

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'm no expert at all in catching but why are you turning the glove down just before you receive? After you catch the ball your glove is nice and quiet but that little flip could cost you some strikes.

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.

Dominik85 posted:

I'm no expert at all in catching but why are you turning the glove down just before you receive? After you catch the ball your glove is nice and quiet but that little flip could cost you some strikes.

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.

noumpere posted:
Dominik85 posted:

I'm no expert at all in catching but why are you turning the glove down just before you receive? After you catch the ball your glove is nice and quiet but that little flip could cost you some strikes.

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.

Thanks, appreciate the help.

standballdad posted:

DVD is too long, maybe 2-3 minutes Max and need to incorporate some hitting.

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.

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 game.

Too much receiving and blocking in the video.  Take out the clips where your butt gets high.

Take out the clips where you are throwing off of your knees.  

Take out the clips where you are bouncing the throw to second.  

POP times are important but so is accuracy.  It looks like you are between 2.05 and 2.3.  Understand who your audience is?  D1, D2, D3, JC, etc?  You can look up general standards for each level.  

Again, I think it is great that you are taking the initiative to do this.  When my son was recruited, his video definitely helped.  However, I also needed to make a lot of changes after I first put it together and shortening it was the most important.

Good luck.

MTCatcherDad14 posted:

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 game.

Too much receiving and blocking in the video.  Take out the clips where your butt gets high.

Take out the clips where you are throwing off of your knees.  

Take out the clips where you are bouncing the throw to second.  

POP times are important but so is accuracy.  It looks like you are between 2.05 and 2.3.  Understand who your audience is?  D1, D2, D3, JC, etc?  You can look up general standards for each level.  

Again, I think it is great that you are taking the initiative to do this.  When my son was recruited, his video definitely helped.  However, I also needed to make a lot of changes after I first put it together and shortening it was the most important.

Good luck.

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. 

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 at a thrower.

3.  Show some recovers after you block.  This will help display agility and good footwork.  If I remember correctly that's one thing that stood out in your other video is how many steps you took to get to the ball.

Seriously good stuff and keep it up

coach2709 posted:

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 at a thrower.

3.  Show some recovers after you block.  This will help display agility and good footwork.  If I remember correctly that's one thing that stood out in your other video is how many steps you took to get to the ball.

Seriously good stuff and keep it up

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? 

CatsPop posted:

Like Coach2709's idea of some recoveries after block.  Also suggest being on a field that is not all dirt + has a bag at 2nd base for you to throw toward.  Good job, keep working!

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.

Wesleythecacther posted:
3and2Fastball posted:

I would strongly advise thoroughly investigating this DVD and incorporating it into everything you do https://vimeo.com/ondemand/neccdvd

It says that it is a Coach's Guide, will it work for a catcher?

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!!!!

3and2Fastball posted:
Wesleythecacther posted:
3and2Fastball posted:

I would strongly advise thoroughly investigating this DVD and incorporating it into everything you do https://vimeo.com/ondemand/neccdvd

It says that it is a Coach's Guide, will it work for a catcher?

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!!!!

Okay, I will check it out. Thank you, I will try to get this DVD and learn the more advanced fundamentals of catching.

Wesleythecacther posted:
CatsPop posted:

Like Coach2709's idea of some recoveries after block.  Also suggest being on a field that is not all dirt + has a bag at 2nd base for you to throw toward.  Good job, keep working!

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.

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!

 

CatsPop posted:
Wesleythecacther posted:
CatsPop posted:

Like Coach2709's idea of some recoveries after block.  Also suggest being on a field that is not all dirt + has a bag at 2nd base for you to throw toward.  Good job, keep working!

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.

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!

 

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.

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