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How to Block a Baseball in the Dirt for Catchers

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About this Lesson

  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 16:51
  • Media: Flash video file
  • Use: Watch Online
  • Access Period: Unrestricted
  • Posted: 05/19/2010

In this Art of Catching video clip, 15 year Major League veteran Brent Mayne demonstrates how a catcher should block and keep wild pitches in front of him correctly, safely, and consistently.

The information in this clip is fundamental to building a technically sound catcher and guaranteed to enhance your enjoyment of the game, whether you're a player or a coach.

Appropriate for baseball/softball catchers and coaches of all levels, from Little League to the Big Leagues. Enjoy.

About this Author

Brent Mayne
Brent Mayne
7 lessons
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03/22/2010

Catching is one of the most important defensive positions on the field, yet little if any instruction on the subject has ever been available - until now. In The Art of Catching video series, I distill fifteen years of Major League experience (ranked 4th in the history of baseball for career fielding percentage .993 and 75th for games caught 1,143) to provide cutting-edge overviews of all the crucial technical aspects of the position. Appropriate for players of all levels, from Little League to the major leagues. Whether you're a coach, player, or curious fan, these videos are guaranteed to enhance your baseball experience.

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_grn
Top Drawer
07/28/2011
~ donnierufe

This has helped me help my young catchers.

Nopic_blu
Great
09/21/2010
~ Jodie1

Great

Nopic_orng
Excellent instruction!
06/11/2010
~ christopher21

Brent really makes the lesson easy to understand! Thanks!

Nopic_grn
Top Drawer
07/28/2011
~ donnierufe

This has helped me help my young catchers.

Nopic_blu
Great
09/21/2010
~ Jodie1

Great

Nopic_orng
Excellent instruction!
06/11/2010
~ christopher21

Brent really makes the lesson easy to understand! Thanks!

Blocking the Baseball for Catchers

1. Description of Blocking

2. Importance of Anticipation/Proper Mental Approach

a. mental process in a game situation
b. scatter patterns of pitchers

3. Role of Arms and Glove in Blocking

4. Role of Upper Body in Blocking

5. Keeping a blocked ball close

a. being "on time" and stopped movement when ball hits
b. having the athleticism to bounce on ball
c. softness and give

5. Mechanics of Lower Body and Proper Angles

a. getting to knees as efficiently as possible
b. squaring body to bounce of ball off the dirt

6. Conclusion / Putting it all Together in Game Speed Block

7. Slow Motion Blocking

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