I néed help instructing catchers on a pick off throw. This is for a 14u, C level travel team and a middle school team.
I find they want to throw to 1st against the kid that takes that explosive lead off and it leads to a successful delayed steal as the throw is made. They ignore the slower runners leadoffs where they might be more successful.
Against the fast, aggressive runner, I want them to throw after the runner starts stepping back to first. If they don't start back, the throw goes to the pitcher or 2nd baseman if the lead is too aggressive. (2nd base has moved in shallow for the throw, not covering or backing up 2nd).
Against slower, less determined runners, a surprise throw 1 as soon as the ball is caught.
I have one catcher with a really good arm, but doesn't find the best time to throw. After the first successful steal, she starts skipping out from behind the plate pumping her throwing arm trying to get the runner back on base. I tell her to try to make the baserunner feel she is being ignored and then pick her off or throw to 2nd hoping for a pickle.
I appreciate hearing any and all ideas on pick offs and defending the delayed steal.
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