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Four Easy Drills to Build a Complete Catcher

By GameChanger and Tom Joyce, 07/31/17, 1:15PM CDT

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Every team needs a sound defensive catcher behind the plate, and a plus defensive catcher is a major asset.

Every team needs a sound defensive catcher behind the plate, and a plus defensive catcher is a major asset. With the emphasis on developing consistent, effective play behind the plate, Brockton (Mass.) Little League coach James Jefferson shared four catching drills he uses with his team.

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What you’ll need: Pitcher, catcher, mini Wiffle balls, eye patch

How to do it: The catcher should get down in his stance and have one hand behind his back. One of his eyes should be covered by an eye patch. A partner — about 5-10 feet away — should have a bucket of mini Wiffle balls and toss the balls underhand to the catcher, who will attempt to catch them with one hand (and one eye opened). Catchers should do an equal amount for each eye.