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Discussing the mechanics, techniques, and theories of catching as well as how to teach catchers.

Members: 88
Latest Activity: May 20

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Blocking: Replace feet with knees or fall forward?

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by BRANDON BULL May 20. 14 Replies

My personal preference is the former I think it is quicker and lessen the impact of the ball on the body.  I coach both baseball and softball and have been hearing through the community here in the…Continue

Throw to third with batter swinging

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by Carl Nichols Oct 28, 2013. 7 Replies

Hey all,Can you share your insights and thoughts on what is catcher to do when a runner is attempting to steal third and the batter swings at the pitch?I know pitch location is a determing factor in…Continue

Helmets and Concussions

Started by Kevin J. Lewis Sep 19, 2012. 0 Replies

Hey Guys,May I solicit your opinions please.  First off I know there is no helmet made that will prevent a concussion.  Many, many of my catchers have taken foul tips off the helmet and the face mask…Continue

Leadership in Catchers - Can we coach it?

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by Tom Schwindy Apr 2, 2012. 13 Replies

Hi everyone, 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…Continue

Extra padding in catchers helmet

Started by Kevin J. Lewis Mar 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Hey guys,I have been scouring the net for any information on this topic.  My son now has a severe concussion because some A&#($#$) on his baseball team decided to kick a door open and it caught…Continue

Throw to second - step first then catch then throw

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by David LeVine Aug 2, 2011. 3 Replies

Trying to help a catcher generate a bit more zip on his throw to second, at least until puberty hits.  Conceptually I get this and it will certainly add some more velocity to his throw having the…Continue

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Comment by Coach Jay Cranford on May 23, 2012 at 11:27pm
we are looking for a few quality pitchers and catchers for our wood bat collegiate team out of macon georgia.. interested parties call 4782563422 coach jay
Comment by Brown Gloves on April 2, 2012 at 4:30pm

Hey guys, check out our new innovative catchers glove that protects the hand from the impact of the baseball .

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Comment by Larry Cicchiello on June 27, 2011 at 7:02pm
As far as interference...as a certified HS umpire, first of all, I do NOT know it all but this is what I would do. On the popup around home plate, I would look for ant attempt by the runner to disrupt the catcher. And there does not have to be contact. (Some sneaky, or should I say smart players will sprint right toward the catcher and then put on the brakes. There isn't any contact BUT clearly he is interfering. Now as far as interfering with the catcher THROWING the ball. Rule #1 is to make sure the batter does something!!! As an umpire, I want to see some movement that is only made to disrupt the catcher. If a right-handed batter's momentum takes him a little bit over the plate, I will not call it. If I'm thinking it did not take him that far, the batter deliberately made part of that move, I will call it. It's tough because some batters are very good at it and I am not a mind reader. If I see the momentum go across the plate a little and then I see the right elbow stick out another six inches. I WILL call that. Remember this is a delayed call (umpire puts his fist out to the side.) Umpires should really take their time when calling this and remember the most important rule that they teach at Jim Evans umpiring school. If the catcher's first throw retires a runner, there is NO interference! You then have nothing at this play. Hope this helps Gunner.
Comment by Gunner on June 27, 2011 at 6:05pm

Two interference questions:

In a pop-up around home plate. What is considered batter interference? Does their have to be contact?

Same with attempts at throwing out a base stealer?

Comment by Coach Jay Cranford on April 19, 2011 at 3:51pm

The Great South League morphed from the Georgia Collegiate League, a league formed in the fall of 2005 by the state-wide Georgia Dugout Club, a non-profit organization which promotes high school and college baseball within the State of Georgia.  For 2011 the GSL has 9 teams in 3 states becoming "The Mega League of the South" tm.

GSL is a College Wood Bat League

The Macon Giants are located in Macon, Ga. We will play approx. 40 games. Any interested players need to contact Coach Jay Cranford. 478 256 3422  or email gsa1@bellsouth.net .

Comment by Duke Baxter on April 1, 2011 at 10:18pm

Baseball coache and Instructors,

ZONED Sports Academy is looking for some quality, professional instructors for our 28,000 square foot indoor baseball and softball training facility.  We are located in Bridgewater, NJ

Thanks,

Duke Baxter

http://www.youtube.com/user/ZONEDSportsAcademy?feature=mhum

dbaxter@zonedinc.com

www.zonedinc.com

Comment by John Fitzgerald on August 20, 2010 at 12:22pm
Comment by John Fitzgerald on August 20, 2010 at 12:21pm
Hey Joe - I just posted this instructional video for catchers, taken from the Playing for Peanuts DVD Box Set. Check it out and let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7IQ599aNfE
 

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