“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- Atributed to John Wooden by Mike Candrea
One observation that I am a little surprised that no one has mentioned was her glove location. When her dad showed her this video, it was the first thing she commented on. I have been assured she will be working on setting her target lower in the future.
Which brings up one more lesson... We are all a work in progress. This catcher did not block exactly as she has been taught. But at this early age she knows that she should be blocking! That's outstanding!
At ACC we teach 3 stances, we teach squaring stance to the plate, we teach drop and block, not stab and grab, we teach hand behind the glove with runner on and hand behind the back or leg with no runner on. (Never let the pitcher see your throwing hand unless you are giving signs) We teach the mask stays on. Everything has a purpose. Either for reducing wear and tear on the body, personal safety or efficiency. We will all have opinions on this type of stuff. That's great!
What I like the most in these posts are that there are a lot of folks working with their catchers to improve. When my daughter was younger and we searched for help, we ended up contacting Dave Weaver in New Hampshire! (Today marks one year since Dave's passing. I miss you buddy) We could not find good catching instruction in Kansas City. Now there are folks realizing just how much there is to this position and are working with their kids. Our kids come out the winners and a good many of them will pass on what they have learned....thanks for everyone's input.
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