Posted by on June 12, 2014
Often a great deal of emphasis is put on a catchers "Pop Time". This can result in a baseball catcher not being trained adequately to put just as much effort into control, velocity and accuracy. In evaluating catchers throws in baseball it is important to remember not to overlook all the areas that may need improvement. Velocity and Accuracy matter.
Releasing the baseball effectively with ball control is a necessity in being successful as a baseball catcher. It is important to get an accurate evaluation of how fast the catcher gets the ball into the air after receiving a pitch in secondary position. This is often accomplished by having a catcher throw into a fence, backstop or tarp. The ability to release a baseball quickly by a catcher is often a skill that goes on the backburner to throwing. Quick hands and quick feet need to be a priority for baseball catchers.
When developing a good catcher it is necessary to find out how close to 100% of his or her own maximum velocity a catcher is throwing. The baseball catching velocity training technique should be set up for each individual to get to that 100% or as close as possible. An example of finding out a catcher’s maximum velocity is to have them throw whatever way they believe they will perform at their highest level. To compare the radar gun readings then give the catcher a specific throwother then the one they chose and have them throw to second base taking a pitch just as they did with the other throw. If there is a big discrepancy in the times then there are mechanics to improve.
Obviously, the accuracy of a throw is much easier to evaluate and find ways to improve on then release, efficiency and velocity. The eye can observe whether or not the target of a throw is being hit. Accuracy is easy to evaluate because there is a target. Coaches have different views on how many inches the throw should arrive off the ground and how far to which side of the bag it should be. Set those targets for accuracy and have them throw there in order to record accuracy. Practice and technique are the key to accuracy. Remember to stretch and warm-up adequately before catching. All of this can be done while wearing Myosource Kinetic Bands / resistance bands.
This is not a picture of the entire game for a catcher but it is a way to detect the biggest weaknesses that individual catchers need to focus on. Some catchers may have great speed but low velocity. Other catchers may have a slower release but yet have a high velocity. These are simple ways to quickly evaluate what issue may be slowing a catchers release time and throw time down. The goal is to figure out and isolate things to improve on in order to have ball control, release efficiently, get maximum velocity and throw accurately.
Catchers put intense strain on their hamstrings, quads, glutes, and hips in order to get up and down into a catching squat position. Both the primary and the secondary catching positions and the up and down wear and tear for 7-9 innings can easily cause injury. Resistance bands training will enable baseball catchers to perform leg exercises to build strength in their legs so that they have the muscle capacity to withstand the pressure or an intense baseball game.
It is easy to see why catching puts so much pressure on the lower body. A catcher's muscles get sore because of the intense practicing and amount of baseball games they play. Working out with Myosource Ultimate Kinetic Bands during off-season, stretching, warm-ups, and practice sessions offers catchers the added resistance to build the calves, thighs, hamstrings, glutes and hip strength through great leg exercises as well as their core to endure many 7-9 inning baseball games. A team depends on a great catcher in or to win baseball games.
A baseball catcher is also able to use Myosource Kinetic Bands / resistance bands to perform leg exercises and plyometrics to prepare for the endurance, flexibility, agility, power, and strength necessary to withstand the demands of being a catcher and enduring throughout the entire baseball game. Catchers are able to mimic all of their catching skills without restrictions while wearing Myosource kinetic bands. They are as easy to putting one of the straps on each leg and using the appropriate resistance bands to work full range of motion. When a catcher takes off the resistance bands / kinetic bands their legs will feel light and explosive. Every athlete is looking for a way to excel and get ahead of the competition. Myosource Kinetic Bands are just the tool to build desired muscle strength to get to the next level.