Next Level Catching Academy

By Catchers, For Catchers

Helping catchers get to their next level.

Catchers play the most important defensive position on the field, yet are the most under-coached. 

That’s why we created an online, systematic training program, because we believe catchers deserve access to high-level training – anytime, anywhere.

Catchers who join our program become better positioned to confidently perform and take their game to the next level. 

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Next Camp:

NLCA trains in Southern California and offers frequent camps. Currently, we are running more intimate training sessions due to COVID-19. Check the link below if you are looking for instructional training that will change your game.

UPCOMING MINI-CAMP: Saturday, May 8th Registration


Junior Division (Ages 10-13): OUR REGULAR 2.25 HOUR CAMPS ARE ON A FIRM HOLD DUE TO COVID-19

We heard you. At home development focusing on equipping young athletes to reach their full potential.

NLCA offers a variety of services to help better equip players to reach their full potential as catchers, leaders, and persons.

Monthly Modules

The mission of the monthly modules is to equip young catchers to systematically track their progress as catchers, leaders, and men.

Mini Camps

During COVID-19, we are offering smaller and more intimate camp sessions. If you are interested, make sure to look under “Next Camp:” above.

Full Camps

NLCA prides itself on having the best camps for young and elite catchers. From years of playing minor league baseball and teaching in Southern California, founder Justin Duarte is exceptional at drawing the full potential out of each kid at camp.


At NLCA, we are extremely proud to continue our partnership with All-Star Sports where we thrive on developing young catchers.

Leaders in the catching industry.

NLCA catchers will have an opportunity to order equipment (on a bi-monthly basis) at a discounted price.  This opportunity is exclusive and  will only be extended to those who are a part of our catching family.   We are excited for our catching family and are grateful for the good word that they have spread in helping grow our service to catchers.


Our Mission

The mission of Next Level Catching Academy is to provide catching instruction to catchers who love the position and who have aspirations of reaching their full potential as catchers within the great game of Baseball.  Our drive is to give catchers the best opportunity to reach that next level that is before them.

As of 2019, we are adding an age group by training catchers between 5th – 7th grades.  These ages will filter into our Junior Division.   We specialize with catchers who have the commitment to work, learn and maximize their talents.  

NLCA will train the many unique skills that make catching the most difficult position to perform on the diamond.  Our objectives and drills are challenging to each players’ ability level in many areas,  starting with the fundamentals, then progressing through advanced skills as consistency increases.


All aspects of throwing technique ( including picks from knees), Stance/Receiving (all pitches bordering the strike zone), Block and Recover (lateral blocks), Pop-up priority, all Bunt plays and the most exciting play in baseball, Tag Plays at home plate (footwork, glove work, including communication and anticipating).  


We do not limit our instruction to just the physical skills of catchers we will also discuss leadership and other nuances to the position that allows our catchers to grow in their mental game along with their leadership and physical skills.  While we stress the kinesthetic feel of new skills through repetition, we teach anticipation and proper application and at times compete to add stress to maximize performance. 

All skills are broken down and instructed on with detail and focus using a whole-part-whole approach to teaching.  (see the clinic summary drop-down menu for a quick overview of our sessions) Each drill/repetition has a purpose that will become a habit, which will lead to consistent action for that particular skill.

Our catching sessions are level and age-appropriate and we work towards teaching and challenging each catcher to his ability and skill.  This is made possible due to our small catcher to instructor ratio (at or under 4 to 1).  We feel that our catcher’s learn best in a smaller group setting with hands-on instruction that allows for maximum repetitions.  

We pride ourselves in being accessible to catchers, parents, and coaches to answer questions and to give clarity to anything pertaining to our partnership.  We specialize in Video-Analysis for those attending our camps and we provide Progression Charts for Pop-times and Block-Times that allow our catchers to track their progress with objectivity.     

The bottom line is… if you LOVE Catching, you’ll LOVE our clinics.

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“NLCA is hands down the best catching development program around the So Cal. Duarte and his team work beyond catch, throw & block. Each camp circles back on some foundational aspects of catching but always builds on technique, form, footwork, and some of the tiniest details that the casual fan has no idea but a head coach, pitching coach, and pitchers all want and expect at the college and pro levels. Our oldest was one of NLCA’s first students back in 2010 and went on to San Francisco St University and was a 4-time All-Conference Catcher. He has since finished playing Professionally with the Independent San Rafael Pacifics and is an assistant coach with Chico St. He has also frequently been one of NLCA’s trusted instructors the past four years.
Our youngest started much sooner with NLCA and finishing up his senior season in high school and is now attending Point Loma University on a baseball scholarship.
Commit to the program….it works!!!”

Lindsay Family

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