4 Steps To Becoming a Great Baseball Catcher

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1. Exercise


2. Practice Catching and Throwing

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3. Try Out All Positions

Catchers need to be good at more than their own position because they lead the defense of a baseball team. It's important that you understand every role on the team from the inside out. You may be born to be a catcher but only by trying to pitch can you get inside the mind of your closest ally. Only by playing first or third base can you see the critical importance of a good catcher to back up those two positions. It is the catcher's job to call the pitches and only by understanding how the team works together as a whole will you be able to do that job effectively.

4. Work On the Mental Aspects

There's an important mental aspect to every position, but the catcher has special requirements that you should start working on early. Playing catcher isn't a flashy position. You may be calling the shots, but the glory of a no-hitter goes to the pitcher. At the same time, you'll be responsible for calming down the pitcher when he gets too wound up and feeding him energy to keep spirits high. It's important that you can be humble, working hard in the background to keep your team a well-oiled machine. At the same time, you need a positive outlook and the ability to cheerlead for your team.

Don't be afraid to speak out. Running the game isn't just about hand signals to the pitcher. You must be confident and able to quickly articulate what you need to happen so your team can do it. Self-doubt and mumbling have to be overcome.

If you're willing to put in the physical and mental exercise and have the fortitude to work at the game every day, you may have what it takes to be a great catcher.

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