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Would you all mind sharing your insights with me on this topic? I have a 12 year old catcher, he is one of four on my team Smart, knows where ervyone is on the bases is very astute to an expanding and contracting strike zone based on the count and how the pitches are being called them.
When he is behind the plate there is a sense of calm and peace back there, he is just quiet though. We have had conversations about agressiveness don't be timid, don't be afraid to fail, be decisive (I don't care if the decision is a right or wrong on, just make one) and learn from the outcome.
It is his presonality to be a pleaser. I am struggling with how to change his outlook on the field to something more lilke - you will not steal on my infield or I control the bases and have no problem trying to pick you off. Or he has a pitcher that is not in rythmn, go out a talk to him he won't hate you for trying to pick him up.
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Having a player who has the physical skills is a real plus, so you are on the right track there. successful catchers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, though all of them have people skills. They know who to pull into line with tough love and they know the ones who they have to be a little softer with. All of this comes with experience. I am a firm believer that young catchers develop leadership through being around good leaders. In time as their skills improve their confidence and voice should develop along the way. Talking through game situations every practice or between innings is a good way to get immediate feedback. If a catcher is thinking and responding to the coach about his decisions then it won't be long for that confidence to show up on the field. An animated catching instructor can be a positive influence on a youngsters confidence also. A good catcher doesn't just play the position, he embraces it.
I hope this helps.
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