Baseball Training for Catchers
If you are a catcher that is gifted
with a strong arm, you definitely want to give this article a read. Catchers with strong arms can be a
heck of an asset to their team as they are able to prevent the other team from stealing too many bases.
Just the mere threat of them being able to throw out a runner in high school will keep some teams from
attempting to steal second. However, this can be a catch 22 as this prevents the catcher from being able
to get some relatively easy outs and help his team. Here, is a baseball training strategy to help your
team further when a runner gets on first:
Drop the ball on purpose 3 to 5 times in an inning after
receiving the ball from the pitcher. You want to drop the ball in front of you so that it is easy for you to
pick it up and fire it to second. You are basically trying to
entice the runner into thinking this is a wild pitch and have him take off for
To perform this properly, in practice, every day practice
dropping the ball in front of you and firing it to second. You are trying to build up muscle memory and agility in this
picking the ball up and throwing motion. You want to get to
the point where this is routine for you and you can do it easily.
Practice dropping the ball differently for left handed batters. Also, practice dropping it
in such a way that is ahead of left handed batters. Assuming you are right handed, you want to drop the
ball in front of home plate and a little off to the left. This is because you do not want a left
handed batter to be able to get in the way of your throw. By dropping it off a little to left, you should
be able to avoid the batter altogether.
This strategy will have two major benefits. The
first benefit will be that you are likely to get some additional easy outs in a game by throwing out base
runners. This means you will help your pitcher last longer by having to throw less pitches and keep your
second and/or shortstop more into the game.
second benefit will be that you will be able to keep the opposing team from stealing as many bases on wild
pitches. When your pitcher does throw a wild pitch, the
base runner will be unsure whether it is truly a wild pitch or whether you are setting him up. This uncertainty will cause them to either not steal the base or they
will delay their running to second. This extra delay may give
you enough time to still throw them out. Occasionally, you will find that they are still able to steal a base on
you. Do not let this deter you as the advantages are in your
favor and as you are able to throw out base runners, you will be setting the tempo for the rest of the game.
luck with your training. I believe you will help your team by
applying these baseball training for catchers tips.
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