Softball Catcher Plays The Shift and Block

This exercise trains the body to handle rotational forces. Throwing with power while kneeling requires the ability to stabilize what is a 4 seam pitch in baseball against rotational forces. The only way she’s going to learn to make those throws under pressure is by doing it.

So one thing that we tell our catchers is they have to watch and see where the hitter positions herself. Catchers HAVE to have passion, and are the most passionate players on the field. If you ever wonder why you are a catcher, remember why you started. If a coach is calling pitches and your pitcher hasn’t hit her spot all day with her inside curve, then shake it off. You have the BEST view of the pitches and you know where your pitcher is hitting or missing. Talk to your coaches and if you are able to, shake off the ones that aren’t working.

His hand rotates slightly so his thumb is between 12 and 1 o’clock. The ball flies past the front edge of the glove and is caught in the back half of the pocket. The back edge of the glove is vertical, so no part of the glove is out of the strike zone. Since the elbow bent down, no part of the left arm is out of the strike zone. We have caught a close strike and did nothing to make it look like a ball.

There’s a lotmore involved with this positionthan simply catching a ball as the name would imply. If you want to keep up with the best in the game, you need to do a bit of research. Always pay attention to your posture, grip and hand position! All three of these hitting drills combined will really help you to perfect your swing and see success once you’re finally back out on the plate. To practice this momentum-building technique, you’ll need a softball and three pylons or cones. Then, you want to start with the softball placed on the ground in front of where you’re standing.

So you bring the glove all the way down to the ground, and bring our free hand up. After the ball makes contact, then we come after it with the free hand. In softball, like most sports, catching the ball is one of the fundamental aspects of playing.

Sturt Falcons A Grade multiple premiership player and Australian catcher Bel White demonstrates basic catching drills in this first episode of a four-part se… With each batter, a catcher should remind the fielders how many outs, where the runners are, and where the play is. In other words, take charge of the game and BE VERBAL!

At which point she is not only in pain, and possibly injured, but also could be called for interference (as long as the late swing isn’t too obvious). A slippery plate creates a risk of a bad throw – not to mention a risk to the back of the catcher. Throw from solid ground and you remove those risks. The reality is you can throw the ball and have it roll to the base faster than any runner can run. Making it there on a fly is just an added bonus. One of the easiest ways to spot an untrained catcher is by her stance, especially with runners on base.

To practice this skill, a coach can use tennis balls and throw them at the catcher. This is something that a good catcher will know how to determine. It’s all about understanding the game, where the team stands in the game such as runs and runners on bases, and more. If a speedster is on first and there’s one out in a close game, there’s a good chance the runner will attempt to steal. The catcher will need to keep an eye on this player and call for a pitchout to cut the runner off if they think they’re going to run.

Another important factor you want to watch is that the catcher doesn’t have her head up. When your head’s up, number one, you’re not watching the ball; and number two, you can get hit in the neck. So you want to keep the chin down to protect the neck, and also keep the head down so we keep down on the ball. The farther away from the plate you have your catcher, the tougher it is on the umpire because you’re also pushing the umpire back when you move away.