Our Catching Program

Program Begins November 11, 2020

Our 4-week Complete Catchers Clinic is a program is designed to better your catcher’s pop-up times, agility and flexibility. The program will consist of strength training exercises and catching drills. We will go over the basics and advanced technics a catcher needs to excel in: receiving, framing, blocking, fielding, and throwing. Besides these fundamentals, we will teach your catcher how to control the game and be a coach/ leader on the field.

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Receiving and Framing

In our clinic, we focus on the art of receiving and framing pitches on both sides of the plate along with pitches above and below the strike zone. We put an emphasis on balance stances, body control, and correct glove action when behind the plate.

Blocking

The focus will be put on the proper technique and approach to blocking pitches down the middle, to the left and right of your catcher. We will also show the proper way to recover and make the play at the plate on past balls/ wild pitches.

Fielding

Our fielding portion with focus on bunt plays to all bases, catching pop-ups from behind the plate, and the correct way to receive the baseball when there is a play at home plate.

Throwing

In our clinic we will focus on throwing accuracy, quickness, strength, velocity and good throwing positions to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base. Along with throwing, we will show students the correct footwork when throwing to all bases on steals and pickoffs.

Catching Program Schedule

The program will begin on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The program will meet two times a week, Saturday's @ 3:00 PM and Monday's @ 6:00 PM

Monday's @ 6pm

Saturday's @ 3pm

Catching Program Details

Program Begins November 11, 2020

This 4-week catchers program will begin in March and we meet twice a week for an hour and a half. Once that initial session is complete a new 4-week session will immediately start until the beginning of the spring season.

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Week 1: Receiving and Framing

  • Stance
    • Giving a pitcher a good target
    • Secondary stance
    • Giving signs to pitch and fielders
    • Moving to pitch location
  • Receiving
    • Soft wrist with a stiff forearm
    • Sticking the pitch/ presentation to umpire
  • Framing
    • Inside pitch
    • Outside pitch
    • High pitch
    • Low pitch

Week 2: Blocking

  • Stance
    • Correct blocking stance
    • Blocking pitches inside and outside
    • Block and recover
  • Reading pitches to block
    • Usings hips to move side to side
    • Recognizing pitch spin and trajectory

Week 3: Footwork, Transfers, and Throwing

  • Footwork
    • Replace method
    • Staying behind the plate
    • Moving straight toward the base
    • *Throwing from the knees
  • Transfer
    • Letting the ball travel to you
    • Making transfer in front of the body
    • Hand position during the pitch
    • Bringing ball straight to the ear
  • Throwing
    • Correct grip
    • Follow through after the throw
    • Where to throw the ball in relation to the base

*Only for catchers 15 and up

Week 4: Fielding

  • Bunts
    • Getting out of stance
    • How to field/ scoop the baseball
    • Position of the body when throwing
    • Communication with fielders
  • Plays at the plate
    • Throws from the field
    • Past balls
    • Tags
  • Pop-ups
    • Getting under the baseball
    • Getting to the baseball 

Catcher's Program Payment Schedule

This program has a minimal cost of $200 for 8 sessions, two sessions per week, for a total of 4 weeks.

We accept CASH or checks. Please make checks payable to Santos Baseball Academy.

10% Discount for all Siblings.

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