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How can I improve my softball catcher?
6 Softball Catcher Tips to Help Improve Your Game
- Help the Pitcher. A good catcher helps the pitcher during a game.
- Play the Leadership Role.
- Control Base Runners.
- Practice Throwing Drills.
- Get Your Body Behind It.
- Know Your Pitcher.
- Every Softball Catcher Needs a Trading Pin!
How do you practice being a catcher?
A good drill to practice this skill is using tennis balls. Bounce the tennis ball toward the catcher, slowly throwing wider and wider “pitches.” This forces the catcher to move out of a crouch and shift into an effective position to block a potential wild pitch, and smother a possible passed ball.
What is a good softball catcher pop time?
Everyone is concerned with “pop times.” That is: the time taken from the instant a pitch hits a catchers glove to the moment it strikes the glove of the middle infielder at second base. Generally speaking, a decent time at the big league level is about two seconds. A great time would be something like a 1.8.
What skills do you need to be a catcher?
Batting, Baserunning, Pitch Framing, Throwing out Baserunners, and Blocking Pitches. Each of these are important skills for a catcher, but some of them are more impactful than others.
What makes a good youth catcher?
The catcher position also needs to be an athlete (quick, strong, can throw,block balls in the dirt , one who is willing to sacrifice it all). Catchers do not have to be the fastest runner, but they must be one of your smartest players. Usually good catchers are good hitters because they see so many pitches.
Where should a catcher setup?
When a catcher has their arm extended to catch a pitch, we want their glove to be no more than 4”-6” behind the batter’s rear foot. Many youth catchers position themselves three or four feet behind the batter’s rear foot.
What are good softball stats?
- Height: 5’8” or taller.
- Home to 1B: 2.9 seconds or lower.
- Overhand throw velocity: 62+ MPH.
- Batting average: .310+
- Home runs: 2+
- RBIs: 18-20+
- Stolen bases: 4-5.
- OBP: .400+
How can I be a good youth catcher?
Make sure your catcher is in proper position and throw balls that will land in front of them. Make sure to start with slower pitches to ensure that your player gets used to moving in either direction. Before moving on to harder tosses, make sure that they have mastered sliding to both sides.
What skills does a catcher need?
What equipment does a catcher need?
A catcher is one of the most important positions in baseball. Make sure you have the right gear that’s both protective and comfortable so you can excel behind the plate. To start, you’ll need the four basic pieces of catcher’s equipment: a mitt, mask, chest protector and leg guards.