Blog Post #1:
Today we are going to discuss catching in general. This is a position that is consistently forgotten about by baseball coaches in practice and yet consistently depended in on games. This puts unfair pressure on the catcher and does not lead to good results in the game or high-pressure situations. When catchers are reduced to only catching bullpens and receiving throws from infield and outfielders, this creates a massive hole in the catcher’s game. So if you are a catcher and this is occurring, then what can you do or control?
Things you can control as a catcher:
- Showing up early and do your individual catching drills;
- Staying late and do your individual catching drills;
- Understanding that you need to work harder today, to not fall behind tomorrow;
- Do not hold it against your coach about being forgotten at practice. It is not his intent, it is a common occurrence across all levels.
“Drill Of The Week” – Duck Walks
Strength and stability in your legs is obviously going to make you a stronger catcher, but flexibility is the key to performing perfect “Duck Walks”.
Important Notes To Performing The Drill:
- Make sure your head/eyes are not going up and down. They should be on a steady line;
- Stay low with your buttocks and pinch your shoulder blades for posture;
- Give a good target, as if you’re setting up to receive a pitch;
- Breathe with each step and try to connect your breathing with your movement;
- Distance for your “Duck Walks” should range from 10 yards to begin, and work your way up to 40 yards.
Please see the video below to help:
Written by: Conley Sampson
Conley Sampson’s Bio:
Conley is from Southern Orange County, California. He has extensive background in baseball (both playing and coaching professionally), a B.A. in psychology from San Francisco State University, and has gone through the up’s and down’s of being a highly competitive baseball player. Conley specializes in baseball psychology, hitting, catching, and infield instruction. Outside of baseball, Conley has enormous passions for email marketing, data analytics and management, digital marketing, solution advising, business growth, and training and development in the workplace. He is currently the Marketing Director and Player Development Coordinator for the Woodall Baseball Academy and Silver Sluggers Baseball, located in Madison, Wisconsin Area.