Anticipating the pitch and its potential incoming flight path is one of the quality’s of catching
I’m no where near the quality of coach to take on the coaching role of catchers - but sometimes
ya got flow with it. But even then, this stuff is not a walk-in-the-park.
I was visiting some of my relatives and a man that lived next door was over having a frosty and visiting as well. As it turned out his son was a catcher with a near by community college and he ask me if I could spend a few hours passing on some hints on how to play the backstop position a little better. I said “sure”, and before I knew it, two hours later, five youngsters show up next door and I’m invited over.
This community college had five, count-em, five catchers. I was impressed … until I mentioned anticipating the incoming flight of a pitch(s) to reduce pass-balls. I noticed right away a perplexing look on all five youngsters in attendance. Finally, one of the youngsters piped up and asked, “how are we suppose to anticipate the incoming flight path of a curve, or slider, or knuckleball, coach?
I stood there speechless, assuming this was a joke - right? Nope. These guys all had a deadpan face, everyone of them.
So, I took a deep breath and said, “ because that’s the signal (sign) that your going to give your pitcher”.
There was this … “” Ohhhhhhh yeaaaahhhh!” expression on everyone’s face.
Then, for the rest of the afternoon, it was all down hill from there … things either just fell into place or fell apart. No wonder I don’t feel comfortable coaching catchers!