Catcher starts out in his stance. Coach holds a ball in front of the catcher and moves it around the strike zone. The
catcher follows the path
of the baseball and frames the area. The catcher should work on body movement
and catching the ball in halves.
- One Knee Toss
Coach gets on one knee five to ten feet from the catcher. The coach will
toss a ball to the catcher. The catcher works on body movement and
catching the ball in halves. The benefit of this approach is that the coach
is close enough so he can be more accurate with his toss and work
- Medium Toss
Coach stands up and throws pitches to a catcher from 40-50 feet. This allows
the catcher to track the ball from a longer distance. The catcher
still works on body movement and catching the ball in halves.
- Catching Batting Practice and Bullpens
This is as close to a live game situation as a catcher can experience.
It is very important that a catcher not just go through the motions when catching
batting practice or a bullpen. This must be a highly intense environment
and must be taken seriously. Frame the pitches that must be framed. In other
words, batting practice and bullpen work can be the best drill for framing.