If you’re a catcher, here are some drills you can do at home by yourself to stay ahead of your competition.- STANCE DRILL.
The catcher needs to be a leader either by example or by command. Hopefully both. The catcher position also needs to be an athlete (quick, strong, can throw,block balls in the dirt , one who is willing to sacrifice it all). Catchers do not have to be the fastest runner, but they must be one of your smartest players.
After stretching, some light strengthening exercises can help improve strength of the muscles that help stabilize the knee. Perform a single-leg balance reach, floor bridge, and lateral tube walking; complete 1-3 set of 10-15 repetitions, using a slow tempo.
By age 7 or 8, young baseball players have a bit more coordination, and coaches can start to go beyond the basics of how to catch, throw, field, hit and run the bases. Game-like situations help young players think on their feet, and to communicate and collaborate with each other. Baseball is a team sport, after all.
Fielding % as Catcher - Highest Career Fielding Percentage: Chris Snyder, . 9976%. Framing Statistics: Please note, the following statistics originated beginning with the 2015 MLB season. Strike Rate - Highest Average in a Season (minimum pitches called = 500/season): Jeff Mathis, 55.1% in 2018.
The catcher must be durable and is responsible for the teams defense. A catcher needs soft hands , quick feet and the ability to block pitches in the dirt. A good catcher can catch and throw to second base under 2.0 seconds, some catchers can break 1.8 seconds.
If the glove starts on ground, it allows the glove to work towards the strike zone and is a lot easier to frame. Think about it like this — if a catcher were to set up in the zone middle-middle and the ball is thrown outside, it’s difficult to receive and make it look like a strike.
When a catcher has their arm extended to catch a pitch, we want their glove to be no more than 4”-6” behind the batter’s rear foot. Many youth catchers position themselves three or four feet behind the batter’s rear foot.
The truth – the rationalization of such – is throwing from the knees should be pitch dependent. We have four catchers on our college roster. One throws from her knees on occasion, and that’s perfectly acceptable.
Common Injuries for Catchers
The position that a catcher takes during a baseball game puts an enormous amount of stress on the knees. Therefore, it is not surprising that catchers are prone to some common knee injuries. These injuries include but are not limited to: meniscus tears, muscle strains and tendonitis.
I recently did some intensive research for an article titled Catching Equipment that the Pros Wear and found out that 47% of starting catchers in the MLB do wear knee savers.
Catchers can make this shuffle quick to have it more game like. Plyo Ball ® Velocity – These days are low on volume but high on intensity. You will record your velocities of each Plyo Ball ® throw for multiple exercises. This is a testing day where we can see how the body is adapting.
EXCELLENT = 1.6 seconds or less. GOOD = 1.8 seconds. AVERAGE COLLEGE = 1.9 to 2.1 seconds. AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL = 2.3 seconds.