Advanced Catchers Blocking Drill – (Don’t Let Me hit You in the Face)
It’s so important for us as catchers to block the ball. To give the pitcher confidence! To give the coach or manager confidence! That we are going to keep the ball in front. Keep the double play in order. That run is not going to score from third.
When we do the dropping drills if the catcher knows the ball is going into the dirt, its not really all that difficult to get down in front of it.
We need to raise the level of difficulty. Coach Casey is going to throw balls at me. Some of these are going to be in the air. Some of these are going to be in the dirt. There will be some strikes and I will catch them. There will be some in the dirt and I will come down to block.
I’m still going to do the drill, but I am going to do it from my knees. I’m eliminating the part where I’m dropping to my knees and just set up. I’m going down or I’m staying right there and catching it. You’ll see why I say, “Don’t let it hit you in the face.”
You can see, I have to react to the ball. I can’t automatically go down. I can’t just anticipate what it’s going to be. You start adjusting and you are going to get hit in the face or the shoulder.
This raises the level of difficulty. This is going to make you a more efficient blocker of the ball because, lets be honest, we don’t know when the pitcher is going to throw one in the dirt. We’ve got to be ready all the time. To become a more efficient blocker, use these drills. Get down there and don’t let me hit you in the face.