baseball catching drills, planning, conditioning and execution

Russ McNickle all by Russ McNickle

Assistant Baseball Coach University of Memphis
all baseball | catching

Twenty percent of what happens in a baseball game is determined by how the catcher performs - how he establishes angles, receives the baseball. Obviously that means the role of the catcher is critical to the overall success of the baseball team. Coaches Russ McNickle and Wade Hedges share some effective baseball catcher drills and techniques for developing strong and skilled catchers in this baseball catching clinic presentation. The key is quality not quantity, and being creative in developing a practice routine that's effective.

Developing Catchers: Begin with a Plan

It is critical that each practice include a plan and a purpose that is understood and followed by coaches and catchers. Coach McNickle discusses the practice plan he uses to develop his catchers and explains why it is critical to the success of the baseball team. Here's more baseball catcher drills.

Developing Catchers: Conditioning and the Pre-Game Workout

This pre-game workout helps catchers build stamina and maintain their skills. Coach goes through the workout line by line and explains why is it critical to perform this routine daily. The focus is on quality, not quantity and can be modified to focus on the skill sets of individual players.

Developing Catchers: The Dynamic Warm Up - Part One

This dynamic warm-up is not meant to take the place of the workout. It is used in pre-practice and pre-game situations, utilizing various stations and medicine balls. Some of these baseball catcher drills are harder than the game - and that's the way Coach wants it!

Developing Catchers: The Dynamic Warm Up - Part Two

Coach continues discussing various medicine ball baseball catcher drills used in the warm-up as players demonstrate the baseball catcher drills. This is a progressive warm-up with the baseball catcher drills becoming increasingly challenging as catchers go through their routine.

Developing Catchers: Receiving and Throwing Drills

These receiving and throwing baseball catcher drills continue to make good use of the medicine ball. Increasing the weight of the ball as the catcher progresses allows players to increase their strength and skills. In the case of throwing, the baseball catcher drills are also intended to quicken the throwing time.

Developing Catchers: Flip Drills - Part One

These Flip Drills are designed to "educate" both hands. Because the non-dominant hand usually lags in development, these baseball catcher drills will often be done with the dominant had behind the back. The goal is to catch with the thumb underneath, the arm flexed, nose to the catch, and shoulders square.

Developing Catchers: Flip Drills - Part Two

The Two Ball Flip Drill works both hands to the catch. The concept of the Fire Flip Drill is to keep the arm flexed even as the baseball is thrown harder and faster. Both are discussed and demonstrated in this segment.

Developing Catchers: Bounce Drills

Variations of the Bounce Baseball Catcher Drills are shown in this video. The first is a receiving drill for the low pitch. The second bounce drill includes a tag play. The Wall Drill is for receiving, blocking, and throwing and helps players learn to react more quickly as they read the ball coming off the wall.

Developing Catchers: Throwing

Coach discusses the Two Line Baseball Catcher Drills here. The Two Line Drill uses hash marks to help catchers with stance and direction as they move through a throwing progression. Coach then wraps up this baseball catcher drills series with an example of the Throwing Chart. Players are ranked according to time AND accuracy.