Loading
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: "Go Warm Up The Catcher"

  1. #1
    I can talk softball all day CPSBDad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    479
    Thanks
    67
    Thanked 59 Times in 35 Posts

    Default "Go Warm Up The Catcher"

    Watching Coach Weaver's DVD there is a part where he talks about the most wasted 20 minutes in a catcher's life. So true! I've seen this too often and never gave it much thought.

    How many of you coaches warm up your catchers?

    How many of you will after thinking about it?

    How many parents wished their coach would warmup their catcher--I do!

    The New England Catching Camp» Blog Archive » Most Wasted 20 Minutes

  2. #2
    Softball Junkie absdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    675
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 31 Times in 19 Posts

    Default

    It is easily the most misunderstood position, and I'm glad people are slowly being educated on it. We always try to arrive early, and get warmed up before the team arrives.

  3. #3
    Softball Junkie RichK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    727
    Thanks
    124
    Thanked 205 Times in 132 Posts

    Default

    It is hard to fit in catching practice. My older DD is a catcher, my younger isn't but I help coach her team. I know how important catching is and we still can't fit it i as much as we'd like. This is a good idea.

  4. #4
    I eat, sleep and breathe softball starsnuffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    3,562
    Thanks
    325
    Thanked 1,046 Times in 630 Posts

    Default

    I always have my catcher work with infield practice. We spend at least 15 minutes doing the following:

    - I drop a ball in front of the catcher (or to the side) from behind them, this simulates a dropped 3rd strike. A runner (outfielder) runs to first, the catcher has to throw to 1.
    - Pick play at 1. Pitcher pitches, catcher throws to 1. Runner must dive to 1.
    - Steal 2b (self explanatory)
    - Steal 3b
    - Passed ball. Pitcher throws a bad pitch in the dirt or over the catchers head on purpose, runner tries for home, pitcher crashes, catcher has to get ball/flip, ect.

    It's not only good catcher practice, but it's good practice for all of your infielders knowing how to make those place, how to back up, ect. Then we do normal infield/bunt rotation, plays at X that we're all familiar with.

    -W

  5. #5
    Wannabe Duck Boat Owner Greenmonsters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    3,820
    Thanks
    1,205
    Thanked 1,665 Times in 1,054 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by starsnuffer View Post
    I always have my catcher work with infield practice. We spend at least 15 minutes doing the following:

    - I drop a ball in front of the catcher (or to the side) from behind them, this simulates a dropped 3rd strike. A runner (outfielder) runs to first, the catcher has to throw to 1.
    - Pick play at 1. Pitcher pitches, catcher throws to 1. Runner must dive to 1.
    - Steal 2b (self explanatory)
    - Steal 3b
    - Passed ball. Pitcher throws a bad pitch in the dirt or over the catchers head on purpose, runner tries for home, pitcher crashes, catcher has to get ball/flip, ect.

    It's not only good catcher practice, but it's good practice for all of your infielders knowing how to make those place, how to back up, ect. Then we do normal infield/bunt rotation, plays at X that we're all familiar with.

    -W
    That's a good start, but check out the linked website and I think you'll understand what's missing. A catcher should be given at least 5 minutes to go through a pre-game prep every game - it can be done w/ a coach or another catcher or even alone. IMHO practicing blocking probably provides the biggest ROI and I can count the teams that I've seen make time for it pre game on less than 1 finger.

    One of my favorite quotes was overheard from two U12 coaches shaking their heads after another ball hit the backstop and the runners advanced again. One complained to the other about how their catcher needed to do a better job blocking. The other responded "Yea, but I guess we haven't really taught her how to do that, huh?"

  6. #6
    Certified softball maniac shockcoach's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    1,085
    Thanks
    43
    Thanked 103 Times in 71 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenmonsters View Post
    One of my favorite quotes was overheard from two U12 coaches shaking their heads after another ball hit the backstop and the runners advanced again. One complained to the other about how their catcher needed to do a better job blocking. The other responded "Yea, but I guess we haven't really taught her how to do that, huh?"
    If you hadn't listed 12U, I could swear you were behind my dugout last year when I made that same comment. Things are changing this year, as catchers are a main priority.
    You abide by the ramifications of your decisions.

  7. #7
    I eat, sleep and breathe softball starsnuffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    3,562
    Thanks
    325
    Thanked 1,046 Times in 630 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenmonsters View Post
    That's a good start, but check out the linked website and I think you'll understand what's missing. A catcher should be given at least 5 minutes to go through a pre-game prep every game - it can be done w/ a coach or another catcher or even alone. IMHO practicing blocking probably provides the biggest ROI and I can count the teams that I've seen make time for it pre game on less than 1 finger.

    One of my favorite quotes was overheard from two U12 coaches shaking their heads after another ball hit the backstop and the runners advanced again. One complained to the other about how their catcher needed to do a better job blocking. The other responded "Yea, but I guess we haven't really taught her how to do that, huh?"
    Good point. I'd like to say that if you've ever seen our catchers warming up our pitchers before a game, they're getting tons of practice blocking and catching really bad pitches (especially in an open field when someone has to chase the missed balls), but it's not really catchers practice, is it.

    We dont' do it every practice, but once a week or sometimes every other week we get the catchers early in the batting cage, set the machines to pitch in the dirt, and make the catchers set up in different locations to block the ball. Another drill you can do at the field is to have your catchers line up facing a fence or wall about 5 feet from it. From behind them, throw balls at the fence so they bounce back at the catcher where they can practice blocking.

    I'm not sure blocking is something that needs to be "warmed up" though. It's like saying a shortstop should warm up making diving saves in the infield or that your batters should warm up by taking bad pitches to the helmet. Blocking is a skill that needs to be practiced. It involves all the muscles which need to be warmed up prior to exercise.

    -W

  8. #8
    Wannabe Duck Boat Owner Greenmonsters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    3,820
    Thanks
    1,205
    Thanked 1,665 Times in 1,054 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by starsnuffer View Post
    I'm not sure blocking is something that needs to be "warmed up" though. It's like saying a shortstop should warm up making diving saves in the infield or that your batters should warm up by taking bad pitches to the helmet. -W
    I humbly disagree! Since you've demonstrated that you're at least open to consideration, here's some more food for thought. Do you have you IF take grounders before a game? What about OFs practicing fly balls or hitters doing tee work, soft toss, bunting etc before a game? Do you have your pitchers pitch before a game? Why do you do this? Because, these are all game- or position-specific warm up techniques to help your players prepare for game situations. How are these warm ups any different than having a catcher do their own position-specific warm up? Catcher specific warm up, with the exception of throwing (which can be done during regular team throwing warm up) can be done independently in as few as 5 minutes. It might be as simple as 3 reps each for middle, right, and left blocks, 3 reps each for fielding bunts left, right, and middle, and 3 reps receiving pitches low, high, in and out, testing the backstop to see how the ball comes off it and checking the ground between the plate and backstop. These important 5 minutes can freed up and made available during the portions of pre-game IF and OF practice not requiring the catcher or during initial pitcher warm ups by having flips, spins, and short throws done between 2 pitchers while the catchers do their thing. The difference you'll see in games is that your catcher is sharp and on top of their game from the first pitch. Trust me, it makes a huge difference in your catchers' play. It can sometimes even cause the other team to revise or re-think their short game/running strategy.

    IJS - GM

  9. #9
    I eat, sleep and breathe softball starsnuffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    3,562
    Thanks
    325
    Thanked 1,046 Times in 630 Posts

    Default

    Makes sense, GM. I'm gonna try it before our games this weekend, like you said, it doesn't take much time.

    -W

  10. #10
    Softball Junkie WARRIORMIKE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    753
    Thanks
    110
    Thanked 228 Times in 118 Posts

    Default

    The same warm-ups or skills for hockey goalie can be used for catchers. Just a FYI

    YouTube - Off Ice Training - Butterfly Drops

    YouTube - Tretiak Shuffle Eye Coordination Drill
    YouTube - Off Ice Training For Goaltenders - Iky Knee Drops


    Well some of you guys now know my secrets!!! Hope this helps!
    Don't ever let parents get the best of you!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Segment -- Burn -- Conversion --