Catching may be the most demanding position in baseball, both physically and mentally. To be a quality catcher, you need to know more than how to catch the ball and how to throw the ball to second, you need to know the game of baseball.
The Cleveland Sports 360 Show with an all-star line up of guests. We had Amy Louise Williams Sports Agent Consultant/Sports TV Producer/Sports Radio Producer. Bart Zeller Former Manager Joliet Slammers Baseball Club. Mark Madsen a Chicago musician & Entertainer.Author Charles R. Sledge Baseball Writer author of the book The Batters Out and Jim Riggleman,current manager of the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats.
The hitting zone is smaller than the strike zone for a 0 strike count and expands as the strike counts increases. The 0 strike pitch is the pitch location that the hitter really likes and can handle. The ability to handle the pitch is important. A hitter may love to hit eye level pitches in batting practice but can’t handle them well in the game. That pitch shouldn’t be part of the hitting zone. This 0 strike pitch is the one that the hitter is confident he/she can drive somewhere and may be a little different from player to player.
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The Batter’s Out (Baseball Training Manual) Charles R. Sledge Jr. was born on September 9thin a small town in Pittsburgh Pa. One of three children, he is the oldest son of three. From the age of 8 yrs. he has been an avid baseball playe
Catching may be the most demanding position in baseball, both physically and mentally. To be a quality catcher, you need to know more than how to catch the ball and how to throw the ball to second, you need to know the game of baseball
Bunt Defense; Infield take their positions with the exception of the pitcher (drill can also be ran with a pitcher). The coach sets up two orange cones, separating the bunting zones into three sections: right side, middle, and left side. The coach, on a knee, has a bucket of balls about 50 ft. from the plate lined up in the middle section. The cones give the hitter two specific areas their bunts must reach: either the left or right side. Also, an empty bucket needs to be placed at all three bases. These buckets allow infielders to easily deposit fielded balls, insuring constant repetition to players.
The Batter’s Out (Baseball Training Manual) Charles R. Sledge Jr.
The coach, with the bucket, pitches the ball toward the catcher. The bunter at the plate must push the ball toward either line or hustle down the line toward 1st base. The 1st and 3rd basemen charge the bunt and throw it to the 2nd baseman covering the bag at 1st. The fielders must play the ball out, even if it is not fielded cleanly. A heavy emphasis should be placed on communication between 1st and 2nd baseman. Make sure all the infielders get back to normal depth before the next pitch is delivered..
Kids can be very critical of themselves when they make mistakes. In addition to that if they are also criticized by a parent or coach, it can lead to a player losing confidence in his ability and playing tentative for fear of making another mistake. As a coach or parent you can help build the confidence of players by handling mistakes in a positive manner.