Guide

Catchers Stance

A proper stance is fundamentally important to being a good catcher. There are three basic stances to learn, a signal giving stance, a relaxed stance, and a ready stance.

Catcher Receiving Techniques

Receiving is simply catching the ball. A good catcher will make receiving look effortless…

Catcher Framing a Pitch

Framing is the art of making a pitch that is near (border line strike/ball) the zone appear to be a strike when in fact it may not be. A catcher, who can frame well, can be extremely helpful to a pitcher working the corners of the plate.

Blocking – A Fundamental Catchers Skill

Besides receiving and communication, the most important skill for a catcher to develop is the ability to block pitches in the dirt…

Catcher Throws to Second Base

There are three main styles of throwing to second base and each one has its strengths and weaknesses. There is also a certain rhythm to each of the throws that you will develop as you practice and use them…

Catcher Throws to Third Base

Throwing to third base can be quite an adventure for beginning and inexperienced catchers with a right handed hitter at the plate…

Catcher Throwing Skills – Other Throws

Throughout the course of a game, other throwing situations may arise besides throwing out runners attempting to steal. Here is a description of common throws…

Leadership – A Catchers Most Important Skill

From calling pitches and defenses to working with pitchers and umpires, catchers have a wide range of responsibilities that require intelligence, tact, baseball sense, and above all, leadership. One of the most important qualities for a catcher to posses is the ability to lead…

Relays, Cutoffs, and Plays at Home

Your job as a catcher is to direct the defense when the ball is put in play. A number a situations arise throughout the course of a game where you will have to align a cutoff man to home or call out where a relay throw should go…

Catcher Signals to Pitcher

The information in this post deals exclusively with communication between the pitcher and the catcher. The most common way for the catcher to relay a sign to the pitcher, or call a pitch, is using the fingers of his throwing hand…