It takes a special kind of athlete to get behind the dish and Baseball America Clinics provide baseball catcher camps and instruction at all of our events.
In addition to learning all the fundamentals of the catcher position, high school baseball players get the opportunity to catch in a simulated game as well as show off their skills in the batter’s box. The former is very important because one of the catcher’s biggest responsibilities that never gets recognized is the proper management of his pitching staff.
No other baseball catching camps can compete with our comprehensive approach to the position.
Here are the catching specific skills we teach during our instructional sessions for catchers.
Catcher’s Blocking and Receiving
Rule Number 1, nothing gets behind a catcher! Our college coaches teach, demonstrate and drill players on the proper fundamentals of blocking so the ball always stays in play.
Once a catcher can block a bad pitch then he can move on to the techniques of receiving the baseball. Catchers will learn how to handle pitches in all locations, how to present it to the umpire to improve the chance the pitch will be called a strike.
Catcher’s Fielding and Throwing
This session is designed to teach catcher’s how to field bunts, i.e. the proper fielding position depending on where the ball is bunted and how to turn his body to get in position to throw the ball.
Coaches will also work with catchers on their throws to bases, i.e. getting ready before you have the ball, receiving technique, foot work, transfer and ball release. Improving these mechanics is the best way to improve a catcher’s pop time.
What is a catcher’s pop time?
The “pop time” is how long it takes the catcher to throw the ball down to second base.
Christian Vazquez of the Boston Red Sox boasts an other-worldly pop time of 1.7, but anything quicker than 2.2 seconds is very good for a high school catcher.
Catcher’s Workout Format
Those good pop times will come in handy, as all catcher’s will be asked to make 2-3 throws to third base and second base. Their arm strength will also be tested by fielding 2-3 bunts and throwing to second and first.
Catchers will have to block and scramble 2-3 balls and then make throws to first base.
Finally, the catchers will receive 2-3 throws, where they can display their framing ability and basic fundamentals.
The Baseball America Clinics, formerly Top96, give high school baseball players unparalleled access to college coaches for instruction and evaluation.
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