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In lesson 5 of the Art of Catching series, ex Major Leaguer Brent Mayne demonstrates proper glove mechanics and how a catcher should receive a pitch safely and consistently.
This clip on glove mechanics explains how the upper body and hands should react to a pitch, while "Off-Set" and "Drop-Knee" videos cover the lower body's role in receiving. This clip on catching the ball concludes my information on receiving.
Great alone, but even better if viewed with the "Off-Set" and "Drop-Knee" videos to get a holistic approach to catching a baseball. Appropriate for baseball/softball catchers and coaches of all levels, from Little League to the Big Leagues. Enjoy.
Lesson #5 - Glove Mechanics & How a Catcher Should Receive Pitches
1. Basic Receiving Mechanic Guidelines
A. one handed position
B. catch the ball in a position of strength
2. Start With a Good Target
A. fingers up
B. covering the low pitch off left knee properly
C. working from the ground up without turning glove over
3. Where Ball is Received in Relation to Body
A. simple is best
B. traffic cone concept
C. attack balls on the extreme
5. Tracking Ball with Glove not Eyes
6. Catching (Receiving) the Ball Precisely
7. Conclusion/Live Demonstration with Slow Motion