Catching Evaluation

Living in the New York Metropolitan area, you don’t have the luxury of playing 10 or 12 months of the year, such as catchers in Florida, California, and other warm climates of the USA. That said, it is of utmost importance that when you do have the opportunity to play and train, that you are practicing the correct techniques.

Many baseball skills, and catching skills in particular, do not “come naturally”. They are learned motor skills that will only be executed “automatically” in games after many, many hours of CORRECT repetition. In fact, some trainers suggest that it can take up to 200 hours to learn, or re-learn, a motor skill (think about how long it takes to learn how to type).

The key word in the above paragraph is “correct”. In other words, repetition is not helpful to your game if you are constantly repeating the wrong actions. Further, if you are throwing incorrectly, and practice all the time, you may eventually injure your arm.

To help catchers make the most of their practice time, I offer a full, 90-minute, skills evaluation and mini lesson. Catchers are evaluated through a battery of tests to help him or her understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the catcher receives a detailed program of drills and recommendations to improve his/her skills.

Some of the skills that will be evaluated:

Receiving

  • Stance: Giving the signs
  • Stance: No runners on
  • Stance: Runners on
  • Catching: High pitches
  • Catching: Low pitches
  • Catching: Inside pitches
  • Catching: Outside pitches

Blocking

  • Fastballs in the middle of the plate
  • Fastballs to the right of the plate
  • Fastballs to the left of the plate
  • Breaking pitches in the middle of the plate
  • Breaking pitches to the right of the plate
  • Breaking pitches to the left of the plate
  • Distance of ball after the block
  • Movement to the ball after the block

Throwing

  • Raw arm strength and velocity
  • Exchange from glove to hand
  • Throwing grip
  • Throwing motion
  • Footwork
  • Throws to second base
  • Throws to first base
  • Throws to third base
  • Glove-to-glove time on throws to second base

After the evaluation session, you will be given both an oral and written report on your strengths and weaknesses. You will also receive a “mini lesson” in which I will demonstrate specific techniques and drills that will improve your skills.

The cost for an evaluation is $175, and can be conducted at a field in your neighborhood.

Ready for an evaluation? Contact me today to schedule one.