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BLOCKING DRILLS
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DRY BLOCKS -

Purpose:  To work on the body mechanics and movements to successfully execute blocking a ball in the dirt

           Set Up:  Place 3 Balls in the dirt equidistant from each other (Middle, Right, Left)

Drill:  Work on counterbalancing using glove and lower body to drive the body to the ball.  The catcher should work on centering the ball on the body so that the catcher can not only block the ball, but be able to complete any secondary play that may be necessary while maintaining balance and posture.    

Speed:  This drill can be done at any speed from very deliberate to learn the skill to game speed to get repetitions in.

 

 

ROLLING BLOCKS

Purpose:  To work on body mechanics and movements to successfully execute blocking a ball in the dirt with a slow moving rolling ball on the so the catcher has to move a bit faster depending on the speed of the moving ball as well as cover the 5 hole in between the legs so that the ball doesn’t get underneath the catcher

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

Drill:  The Coach or another player rolls a ball to different locations and the catcher must react, reach, and center the ball on the body while the ball is moving.  By adding a moving ball the catcher must beat the ball to the spot. The position of the ball can be predetermined or used as a reaction.

Speed: The speed of the drill is determined by the skill level of the catcher involved.  A gradual progression in speed is recommended to get the catcher aware of one’s body during the movement. 

 

 

SOFT TOSS BLOCKS -            

Purpose:  To work on body mechanics and movements to successfully execute blocking a ball in the dirt with ball coming from an overhand position so the catcher has to move to get in front of the ball and block the ball using the body while keeping the glove on the ground.

            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 lightly toss balls in the dirt from a distance of 20-25 feet

Speed:  The speed of the throws in the drill is determined by the skill level of the catcher involved.  A gradual progression in speed is recommended to get the catcher aware of one’s body during the movement so he can move up to live blocking.

 

 

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

 

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