By: Coach Bob McCreary
Provided by: Baseball By The Yard
As teams get older, catching becomes more of an impact position on the field. Having the unathletic kid strap on the equipment and kneel behind the plate in order to hide him no longer works after about the age of 9. Throwing to bases on steals, fielding bunts, giving signs to pitchers and infielders, blocking balls in the dirt, and taking on a leadership role all become essential to a successful team.
Unfortunately, catchers often get the short end of the stick when it comes to instruction. Part of that is related to the fact that not many people know a lot about the mechanics of catching and all that goes with it.
Adding more drill work for catchers during practice is certainly important. However, drill work prior to games is essential too. I'll admit that I have slacked in this area but will not continue to do so.
Hitters take BP prior to games. Pitchers warm-up in the pen. Infielders get some ground balls. Outfielders get fly balls.
But catchers? Usually nothing.
Below are drills that all catchers can (and probably should) do before all games to prepare their body properly.
A few reps in all or most of these in the outfield or off to the side for your catchers will help prepare them physically and mentally for games.