When playing as a catcher, you need to make the first and most important decision on defense: throwing out the runner. But what’s your best chance of making this key play? How do you practice all the time to make it easy and instinctive? Here are four catchers tips that will help you catch those pesky baserunners.
Help the Pitcher: Pinch Runners and Throwing Downs
There are times when you may need to pinch-run for your pitcher. If that is the case, then you must learn how to run like a catcher.You should learn how to hold the runner on so that he does not get to first base. Learn how to stop and throw to second base, too, because you may have to do it very quickly.
Control Base Runners: Pinch Running and Catching the Throw
Control base runners are the most common type of baserunner. Their primary goal is to steal bases, and if they are successful they are considered to be in scoring position.
Most catchers can control most of their baserunners; it just depends on your ability to catch, throw and run.
The more often you work on controlling baserunners, the better the pitcher you will be able to control.If you are running hard and the runner is ahead of you, throw right to the plate.
Practice Throwing Drills: Softball Drills
Throwing is an integral part of many sports, but most importantly it’s what makes baseball, softball, and lacrosse possible. Throwing drills are important for all athletes to work on in order to perfect their technique.
Try these softball throwing drills and see how your technique improves as you work on them.
Here are some suggestions:
To improve your accuracy, shoot the ball from different distances, different levels, or different directions; try your best to throw the ball where it’s going to be instead of throwing it where it needs to be. This is where you will work on your throwing mechanics, not distance. For example, if you are in the box and need to throw a 90 mph cutter across the plate for a strike to a batter who’s at his heels, you’ll have to throw harder than you would when throwing a 76 mph curve ball down-and-away from a hitter who’s 6 feet away. Make sure you concentrate on your mechanics as well; because your arm speed is slower when throwing a curve ball, make sure you don’t over compensate and throw the ball across your body or even to the opposite field instead of where it needs to be.
Positions in Softball: Catcher
If you’re one of the last people to be picked for a team, this might make you feel a little sorry for yourself. The catcher position is a crucial one for a team’s success and can be a great way to build self-confidence. But what if you’re not a skilled ball player? Here are 4 tips to make catching a baseball a little easier:
- Kneel down on your knees as if you were going to play a catcher position from the ground.
- Tell yourself that you are going to catch every pitch that comes into your catcher’s mitt, no matter what!
- Make sure that the ball is always in front of you and never behind.
- Throw the ball into your catcher’s mitt as hard as you can and catch the ball in your glove so that you are holding it, rather than having it in front of you.