Here’s a question for coaches…. Recently I received mailings from 2 different parents of left handed catchers saying virtually the same thing. Their DD’s team coaches had discouraged them from seeking to advance their DD’s catching skills because these girls were left handed. Is there a basis for this type of thinking? As a catching instructor (and the father of a left handed fastpitch catcher) I customize my instruction for lefties and try to point out to them the advantages they have over RH catchers. We have seen this thinking before with some of the coaches my daughter played for.
My goal in with this question is to better understand the reasoning behind this train of thought and hopefully provide better training overall for my catchers.
So my question to coaches is… Would you play a left handed catcher? If not, how come? Are they really inferior at the 2-spot? Please help me to understand….
-Chaz @ ACC