By: Cindy Bristow
Provided by: Softball Excellence
Knowing your catcher's touch to touch times is crucial for not only throwing runners out but also in deciding if her throws are getting better.
Learn about touch times and how to improve your catcher's release times.
As coaches, we want our catchers to throw faster in order to pick off runners or throw them out stealing, but simply throwing faster is a little too vague unless we measure it. The best way to measure a catcher's throw is to measure what we call her "touch time." "Touch time" is the time it takes for the ball to touch her glove on catching the pitch to the time it takes her throw to touch the glove of the fielder she's throwing to.
To time your catcher's touch times start the stopwatch when the pitch touches your catcher's glove and stop the watch when the throw touches the fielder's glove. Be sure to time your catcher at least 4 times so you can get an average time and allow yourself a few attempts to get the hang of it.
Once you get a touch time for your catcher from Home to 2nd you can see where she compares to catchers at various skill levels on the following list:
Once you get your catcher's touch times and see where she fits on this list, you can help your catcher improve her times through the following steps: