Block and Balance DrillCatching|2min
THE SET UP: A coach or partner is sitting, kneeling or standing approximately 15-20 feet in front of a catcher who is in full gear, with between 6-10 balls nearby, ready to toss in front of the catcher. The drill is preferably performed on a smooth surface free of bumps and divots. THE EXECUTION: The coach or partner tosses the ball at different speeds and to different locations in front of the catcher. The catcher focuses on getting the mitt down first, directly behind the ball, while then allowing their body to drop in behind their mitt. The catcher holds the blocking position after the block checking their balance and determining if they are falling forward, laterally or if they are under control. THE PURPOSE: The purpose is for the catcher to understand if they are off balance, what is causing it and what do they need to do differently. Tips: Falling forward typically means that the hips are too high and/or the chest is too low. Falling laterally typically means the catcher's knees are too narrow and/or the catcher is too high in their blocking position when moving laterally. REPS & SETS: I recommend performing 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps depending on what drills you’ve done before and what drills you are doing after.