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In lesson 3 of the Art of Catching series, ex Major Leaguer Brent Mayne demonstrates how a catcher's lower body should move to receive a pitched ball correctly and safely.
The information in this clip is a fundamental building block to proper receiving mechanics, but also a vital component to improving a catcher's range and blocking technique.
Great alone, but even better if viewed after watching the "Athletic Foundation" and "Stances" videos. Appropriate for baseball/softball catchers and coaches of all levels, from Little League to the Big Leagues. Enjoy.
Lesson 3 - Receiving a Baseball - "The Off Set Technique"
1. Body Positions
A. lower body initiates movement
B. difference between being "lazy" and "overzealous"
C. subtle, quiet movements
D. lateral shift to center pitches in middle of chest
2. The "Off-Set" technique
A. weight shift in anticipation of movement
B. from 50-50 to 60-40.
C. moving "late"
D. anticipation for consistent success