If you are viewing this from your smartphone or tablet, please access our “NLCA Homepage” from the menu tab above.
Source: 2015 Catching Olympics
Click the link above to view pop time charts for this session.
We had tremendous progress made for a few of our committed Catcher’s in terms of Pop times. We also now have a group of Catcher’s who have already experience the jump in improvement on their Pop times, and are now in the consistency phase of their training. We look forward for our newcomers, as they learn the techniques and skills that will help them develop in the coming months.
In these sessions we focused quite a bit on throwing to third base, but more importantly on using our feet to clear the batter for a good throwing lane. This being a critical base to throw too, we need to ensure a clear throwing lane, so that we (Catcher’s) maintain good throwing technique in order for us to make an accurate throw. An errant throw in this situation, can easily lead to a run for the opposing team, and clearing the hitter with decisiveness is crucial in this matter.
We also implemented a new drill for us called “Game-Savers.” This drill using the swiftness of sticking the low, borderline curveball for a called strike, and combining it with the reactions of blocking in a 2 strike (runner on third) situation. The Catcher’s really had to step to the challenge as the curveball was a hard 70 mph curve
Thanks to all who joined us for these sessions, and we look forward to continuing our practice with you who are able to attend. The art of catching will never be built overnight. Continue to work, and do share with others, the challenges and joys we experience together at our catching sessions.
Summary to come shortly.
This session we focused on reviewing the concept of creating rhythm and taking our feet (plant foot) directly to the ball, while attempting to keep the footwork short. It had been about 7 weeks since our last session, which showed a bit of rust in our Catchers. We will continue to keep our focus in teaching rhythm and the habits of keeping our actions quick and short to release, then long and in-line through the release point.
In general, this session saw Catchers that have worked hard with their transfers, with the various drills we work on. Quick, direct, deflective transfers have been a solid staple of our Catchers. Let’s continue to work and improve on all the fine points of throwing, that cause Catchers to be simple, efficient and accurate to our targets.
This session also highlighted our Catchers’ ability to make split-second decisions during tag plays at the plate. We have spent previous sessions focusing on our footwork and technique in fielding the ball, tagging the runner and protecting ourselves. This session our focus for tag plays focused solely on reading the flight of the ball and vocalizing the proper path of the ball that was incoming from the outfield. Our Catchers discussed aspects of anticipation such as the known arm-strength of the fielding outfielder, his fielding depth and momentum, and the path of ball flight (in terms of its lack of carry or its line).
We continue to see attentiveness from our Catchers that allows them to learn and implement the knowledge and bio-mechanics of the skills that we cover at our catching sessions. We look forward to continued work with all our Catchers, knowing that their commitment, improvement in performance speaks volumes about our growing organization.