With mediocre blocking skills the ball trickles behind you, scoop it up, take a few steps into foul territory, you are well clear in foul territory, 1B stretched out in foul territory easy out.
With poor blocking skills ball is at the backstop and you are throwing the ball back to the pitcher.
Sometimes even the best blocking catchers have balls get by them. I don't know about everyone else, but nearly all of the fields we play on have holes and mounds around home plate. Sometimes the plate is an inch above grade, sometimes it's below. Frustrating to watch a sound catcher have a ball bounce over her head.
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For the most part, a D3K should not be a panic situation for an experienced and competent catcher, or an experienced and competent 1B. Generally speaking, it's an easy out. That said, strange things happen on the ball field, and sometimes things don't go as planned. Players need to practice as many different scenarios as they can - including scramble plays. Game experience helps, too.
I am a catcher. The plate is my castle… and I am the queen of that castle. To beat me… you have to out play me and want it more than me. You think your up for the challenge… then bring it and try me.
Base runners… beware of catcher. Those that try to steal, will be thrown out at their base!