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SITUATIONAL LIVE BLOCKING OR RECEIVING -

Purpose: To put together all of the skills learned in the previous drills and learn to react and either catch the ball or block the ball determined by each individual pitch.

Set Up: Catcher sets up in the standard receiving position with a target given.

Drill: Using safety balls or regular baseballs, a coach or another player will throw balls in the dirt from a distance of 40-60 feet simulating the different pitches that a pitcher will throw. The catcher must successfully block the pitch and scramble to the ball to simulate a runner trying to advance or receive the ball without losing balance and posture.

Speed: The speed of the throws in the drill is determined by the skill level of the catcher involved, but trying to match the speed and the pitches that will be thrown to the catcher during a game situation

NO HANDS DRILL -

Purpose: To focus on only the movements of the legs during the blocking movement. The No hands drill makes the catcher collapse the knees and drive with the legs to get in front of the ball and learn to block the ball with the chest instead of trying to catch the ball after it has hit the ground.

Set Up: Catcher sets up in the standard receiving position with both hands behind the back.

Drill: Using safety balls or regular baseballs, a coach or another player will throw balls in the dirt from a distance of 15-20 feet simulating the different pitches that a pitcher will throw. Making sure that the ball bounces up so that it will hit the catcher above the belly button on the bounce to ensure safety. The catcher must drive with the knees and legs to get the body in front of the ball.

Speed: The speed of the throws in the drill is determined by the skill level of the catcher involved, but trying to match the speed and the pitches that will be thrown to the catcher during a game situation