The place of the baseball catcher in a baseball group is a very important one. On thrown balls to his right, the catcher ought to slide the right foot toward 1st foundation and near with the left. On thrown balls to the left, it’s slide left, near right. When educating the catcher these two steps, the coach or manager ought to toss the ball on one aspect then the other.
Once the move appears to be mastered, it ought to be pointed out that it requires only a 2nd for a pitched ball to reach the plate. This indicates the slide-near to right and left should be done quickly and easily. It would be well then for the manager to back off about sixty feet and deliberately throw the ball to left and right of the catcher and to throw it fairly quick.
Shifting the feet allows the catcher to each catch the ball and throw. With runners on foundation, the proper change gets to be much more important than ever. Presume the batter is right-handed and the pitch is straight more than the plate. What’s the quickest foot-move one can make? Simple. Depart the right foot where it is in the Getting Place, step ahead left and throw. (In the Getting Place, your feet are broad apart, your tail reduced. Your glove hand tends to make the target. The bare hand is free, with the thumb tucked under the other fingers.)
Presume you have the exact same scenario with the pitch going to the right, or “outside”. Stage right with the right foot. Instead of closing left, step diagonally right and ahead with the left foot and throw.
On pitches that are “within” to the right-handed hitter, the baseball catcher steps left for the catch and rather of closing right, steps diagonally right with the right foot, plants it, steps left and throws.
It is to-the-left, to-the-right, ahead-and-throw. If the pitch is much within, creating the batter to jump back, a slight variation will assist. Stage left, deliver the right foot left and plant it straight in back of the left, step ahead with the left foot and throw. Use this step, too, if the runner is going from 2nd to third, but throw in back of the batter if he’s in the way.
For left hand hitters: on outside pitches-step left, deliver the right foot in back of the left, plant it, step ahead left and throw. On within pitches-step right, hop diagonally left and ahead on the right foot, step ahead left and throw. If the catcher desires to throw to 1st with a left hand hitter at the dish, he can throw powering the batter on within pitches, from in front on outside pitches.
If a manager has two or three catchers on the squad, he can drill them as follows: have the catchers line up aspect-by-aspect with a lot of space in between each catcher. Have them face the coach and presume the Getting Place. The coach can yell out the pitch, then “change”, the signal for the catchers to go through the steps. “All right boys” the manager, or coach could say. “It is a right-hand hitter. Get ready for the pitch. Right here it arrives, reduced and within . . . Prepared? Shift!”
He can repeat that line with all the versions. The teacher cannot spend too a lot time on this exercise. If a boy is getting trouble with the steps, his Dad can assist him in the back yard, cellar or attic.
After the Getting Place has been taught, it’s time to think about working powering the plate.