Hi! I am going to take a little different road here, so please be patient. My son is a freshman catcher and is the starting catcher for the Jv in his highschool. His four year goal is to be a better catcher in two areas. He wants to be able to handle his pitchers as best as he can and he wants to call his own game. Ok, what do you find helps you out there when you are in trouble ( your’re not hitting your locations, you’re out of you zone, you have lost control of a particular pitch) What do you need form your catcher to help you. When he goes to the mound, what helps you get back in the groove. Does talking to you in the dugout between innings help?
As regards to calling his own game, while this is the coaches decision, what do you as a pitcher look for or need form your catcher to have good chemistry between you during a game. I know this is more art than science and don’t expect a step by stap approach (I don’t think there is one), any thoughts from your experience would be helpful both for the catcher and the pitcher.
Finally, during your bullpen before a game or during a practice, what can a catcher do to help make that time better and moe productive?