the instructor at the pitching sessions does give pointers/instruction to the catchers at the open pitching session (at least the younger ones, bucket dads drafted into service are on their own )
part of the issue (and she does same when playing field) is a tendency to catch in palm rather than web. working with her on this, I think part of issue may be issues reading the ball, she just got glasses, but frames she picked do not work under helmet (either helmet), so going to get her sports glasses/goggles as well.
Another plug for the Evo shield. I️ use it myself, and as I’ve mentioned before, if it came down to it, I️ may even consider it more important than my cup.
I️ think I️ spent $20 for mine a few years ago. If they’ll replace one, great, but I️ also think $20 is money well spent to fix or prevent what could easily become a life-long issue.
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The absolutely best thing you can do for your DD is to teach her the proper receiving technique found at www.catchingclinic.com . Download the streaming video on how to teach her from the store. It'll be the best money you spent. The second best thing you can do for her in the meantime is to let her heal up. The third best thing you can do for her until she becomes proficient at receiving the ball is to buy and properly mold the evoshield thumbgaurd. The last thing you can do if your trying to make her catchers mitt last is to buy the XproteX Reaktor glove. It has padding in all of the individual finger joints as well as the palm and has been a Godsend in the long run for my DD when her padding has run out in the actual mitt. Of course, your alternative is to have the mitt rebuilt with new padding put in but that won't solve the issue of improper receiving and getting her thumb pounded.
Win the games you're supposed to, win some of the games you're not and make the rest of the teams know they've been in a battle to beat you.
The EvoShield thumb protector is an OK solution, mine helps when I catch my DD but hers did not mold properly and doesn't seem to help her at all when she's catching her pitchers. I switched to the Team Defender Pro and it's a significant upgrade, though it can be difficult to get my hand into the mitt while wearing it. Much better protection and no more thumb pain.
looking at fortus, how would you rate padding and thumb protection in this vs say akadema or allstar vela gloves (open to other suggestions as well).
If you are looking at the Akadema or All Star gloves, they are both excellent - but if you want the best hand protection out there - the JCV-VM would be the next step up for Vinci, skipping the steerhide. Great hand protection and padding. Will require a significant break in period, but for the price point you can't get a higher quality glove.
For a 10 year old, I'd have to say a Vinci Fortus or an All-Star CMW2510. I may be wrong, but I think the JCV-22, the CMW3000 and the CMW4000 are just too much mitt for a 10 year old unless she's an exceptionally big girl. And between the two I listed, I'd lean toward the Fortus.