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Catchers and Catching Coaches

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

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Catchers Stances?

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Todd VanDerwerken Apr 27, 2015. 2 Replies

What are the best 2-3 catchers stances to focus on with young catchers?I see a lot of kids with wobbly stances and would like to work with them to get a solid, athletic base behind the plate.Any…Continue

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Hermitage Pirates Baseball looking for starting catcher and back up catcher for summer 2015

Started by Lee Thompson Jan 8, 2015. 0 Replies

The Hermitage Pirates Baseball in Hermitage, TN, I am looking for a catcher to be my starting catcher and also a back up catcher who can play 3rd or 1st for the summer of 2015.  You must be in…Continue

Stride length on throw to second

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by Thomas Cahill Dec 4, 2014. 9 Replies

Hey all,I have been mulling this over the past couple of weeks.  I am curious if there is a general guideline to how big or small (length wise) a catchers stride should be when throwing to second. …Continue

Coming out of your crouch faster

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by Kevin J. Lewis Nov 24, 2014. 9 Replies

Hey guys hope you all are doing well.  I am looking for some insight and maybe drills to come out of a crouch faster on a throw to second.Anybody mind sharing some thoughts?Thanks KevinContinue

Extra padding in catchers helmet

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by Jason Oct 3, 2014. 1 Reply

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

Blocking: Replace feet with knees or fall forward?

Started by Kevin J. Lewis. Last reply by BRANDON BULL May 20, 2014. 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

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Comment by Grant Clifford on January 9, 2015 at 1:52pm

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

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Comment by Bill Stanton on September 6, 2011 at 11:49am
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Comment by Larry Cicchiello on June 27, 2011 at 7:02pm
As far 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 .

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


Duke Baxter

Comment by John Fitzgerald on August 20, 2010 at 12:22pm

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