Tanner Swanson, assistant coach at the University of Washington and popular speaker on the topic of catching, sets the vision for us on what it takes to develop good catchers and then begins to share how to make that happen at the younger levels. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview.
Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.TV answers the Question Of The Week about whether it's worth teaching kids how to bunt. And Austin Wasserman of WassermanStrength.com shares the Supine Anti-Resistance Movement to create separation between the pelvis and the torso in his Wass Strength Tip Of The Week.
In this 43-minute episode, you'll learn:
- what's the difference between coaching high school, Division 1 and Division 2
- the problem with pitch counts
- the problem with skill development in tee-ball
- the minimum 9 skills of a complete catcher
- whether the gap is smaller in today's data era of baseball between good youth catchers and bad youth catchers
- why learning all those skills is harder than learning all the skills of other positions
- whether a good youth catcher is worth more, less or the same as a good MLB catcher
- a key side of skill development (hint: starts with a 'p'), and why it's critical
- a smart way to develop that key side of skill development
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- D1 Catching
- Austin Wasserman's Supine Anti-Resistance Movement exercises
- The Most Famous Frame Of All Time
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