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Our Catching Program

Program Starts January 8, 2019

The CBSA Catching Academy is a unique opportunity for athletes to harness their talents and improve their skills in the art of catching. The goal of this program is to meet every player at their current skill level and provide hands-on instructions in a combination of one on one or small group setting so that they can reach their full potential. The program is based on a fun filled, fast paced training philosophy which will build confidence and leadership skills required for the catching position. The academy schedules weekly classes from November through March (18 total Weeks).

The lessons focus on the fundamentals of receiving first, with particular emphasis on balance base stances, body control, correct footwork and glove action. The secondary lessons focus on throwing accuracy, quickness, transfer/release, strength and velocity. Clemente Sports provides a unique indoor environment which allows the student to throw 127’.3”, the entire distance from home plate to second base for the 60’-90’ field and any distances at all other age levels including Softball. This feature allows for efficient practice and continued improvement on catchers pop-times to second base. The course will also focus on proper concept and technique of blocking/recovery, bunt defense, understanding cutoffs and blocking of plate, calling of games, catching live pitching and pickoffs.

Students are expected to make a solid commitment to improve their catching skills during the program cycle. Fundamentals and advanced catching topics will be addressed including mental and physical approaches for the high school and college participants. Players will be treated as professionals and expectations will be high. Participants will gain important skills and insights and will be encouraged to improve their natural abilities and strengths with staff recommendations. The program and lessons will promote a “give and take” dialogue amongst the coaches and players. There will be two 1½ hour sessions every Wednesday & Sunday afternoons starting. Each player will be assigned a session time by Age.

Catching Program Schedule

The cost per player to participate in the CBSA Catching Academy program for the 2018-19 winter season which includes coaching & training, facility and equipment will be $80 per 75 minute Session. Preferred payment schedule is on a monthly basis.

Weeks 1-5


November 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19

6:00pm to 7:15pm
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Lesson Topics

Preparing Yourself to Catch

  • Introductions to Stances
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Equipment Care

Emphasis on Throwing to Pitcher

  • Introduction to Proper Throwing
  • Footwork

Emphasis on Proper Receiving with Proper Glove Action

  • Introduction to Proper Body Positioning
  • Swaying for young catchers

Introduction to Backhand and Forehand

  • Introduction to Properly using Backhand
  • Forehand

Emphasis on Proper Receiving Outside of Strike Zone

  • Reinforce Proper Body Balance
  • Control
  • Agility for Catching

Emphasis on Proper Receiving of Secondary Pitches

  • Reinforce of Proper Anticipation
  • Weight Shifting

Weeks 6-7


December 23, 30

4:00pm to 5:15pm
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Lesson Topics

Emphasis on Proper Throwing / Footwork / Balance

  • Introduction to Catcher’s T
  • Crow Hops

Emphasis on Proper Throwing (short) / Transfer

  • Introduction to Proper Release
  • Quickness
  • Accuracy

Throwing to Pitcher / First & Third Base

  • Introduction to Proper Throwing
  • Footwork
  • Head Action

Emphasis to Blocking Plate

  • Introduction to Drop Down Tag
  • Spin Tag
  • Forced Play

Emphasis on Bunt Coverage

  • Introduction to Proper Reads
  • Footwork
  • Routes

Weeks 8-11


January 9, 16, 23, 30

6:00pm to 7:15pm
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Lesson Topics

Blocking Baseballs / In Front of Plate

  • Objective
  • Philosophy
  • Technique of Blocking

Blocking Baseballs / To Sides of Plate

  • Emphasis on Quickness for Lateral Blocking
  • Accuracy

Blocking Baseballs & Recovery

  • Emphasis on Recovery and Preparedness to Throw

Weeks 12-15


February 3, 10, 17, 24

4:00pm to 5:15pm
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Lesson Topics

Emphasis on Throwing to Second Base (long)

  • Catch & Throw
  • Pitchouts

Throwing to Second Base

  • Pop Times
  • Throwing Speed

Preparing to Compete “Game Time”

  • Game Calling
  • Catcher’s Communication

Weeks 16-18


March 3, 10, 17

4:00pm to 5:15pm
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Lesson Topics

Refresher / Preparation

  • Proper Receiving of Primary and Secondary Pitches
  • Proper Blocking
  • Proper Bunt Coverage
  • Proper Blocking of Plate

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