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How to Catch a Pop Up

How to Catch a Pop Up

 

The key is we want to make sure that I’m getting my back turned, I’m getting in position, and I’m not rushing after this ball.You can see that we can move the tennis ball around from side to side, I want to make sure that I can attack the ball, always keeping my back to the field and letting the baseball come back to me.I want to make sure that I’m able to keep this 45 degree angle when I’m looking up at the baseball. I want to make sure the ball stays in front of me and I work my way into it. If I get underneath this ball, it’s going to be behind me, because the baseball always comes back to the field of play.

By using a racquetball, you can get the ball as high as any major league popup – you’ll find out how difficult these things actually are to catch! But it will make you an all-around better catcher, it’s going to help you on popups which can be a very embarrassing play. We don’t have baseballs landing in the stands, we don’t have baseballs out in center field, we don’t have to go see an oral surgeon if this goes badly This is a great drill and will help you improve and make you much better on catching popups!

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Baseball and Softball Catcher Receiving Drill – Soft Hands

Baseball and Softball Catcher Receiving Drill (Soft Hands Drill)

 

 

The number one job of the catcher is to catch the ball.  This is our mitt. This is what we use to catch the ball.  But for this drill we are not going to.  For this drill we are going to take the glove and toss it to the side.

Coach Casey is with me again.  He is going to throw tennis balls to me.  All I’m going to do is catch the ball and drop it.  Soft hands drill. I want to make sure that my hand, pending on the pitch is starting off in the V to the sky position.  My thumb never goes lower than 3 o’clock.  I’m turning and receiving the ball.  I want to be as soft as I can with this.

TOSS BALLS

Now let me show you some of them on the left side.  Turn just like that.  If my elbow starts to go up, I can go this way with the drill and get into trouble.  We want just our hands to rotate.

TOSS

You can see the idea with this.  The drill is being soft.  If you want to improve, use this drill.  It is going to make you a much better receiver of the baseball.  You can also make it go a little faster.  Have him toss 7 balls.  Get 7 balls in his hand and they come pretty quick that way all you are doing is reacting.  No time to think and we really need to be soft with our hands.

Use the tennis ball drill.  It is going to make you a much better receiver of the baseball.  It’s all about the hand mechanics.  Being soft with our hands.  Letting the ball come to us.  The drill is going to make you much better.  And make you enjoy being a catcher that much more.

 

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