Ready for a 201-level course on teaching the catcher position? Tanner Swanson, assistant coach at the University of Washington and popular speaker on the topic of catching, gives some key insights on how to help your intermediate-level and advanced catchers. This can apply to youth, high school and college catchers. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. If you missed Part 1, you can catch it here.
Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.TV answers the Question Of The Week about whether kids should cheer and enjoy the moment, or keep calm and "act like they've been there before". And Austin Wasserman of WassStrength.com tells us about his Base Stealing: Leads & Footwork ebook that talks about creating shin angle and direction in his Wass Strength Tip Of The Week.
In this 46-minute episode, you'll learn:
- the first three things you want to emphasize with your catchers (two of them are not what you think!)
- whether, at higher levels, there's one receiving stance with runners on base
- some uncommon techniques to teach blocking
- three key things to practice when mastering blocking pitches
- three tips for better receiving
- three things recommended not to do for better receiving
- three drills for better receiving
- one key question to ask about your catcher's receiving stances
- whether catcher setup in relation to the plate can influence strikes being called
- whether indifference can be coached/drilled out of catchers
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