Baseball is a game for everyone just with the right attitude, willingness, and determined practice. Catching a baseball takes a lot of concentration and practice, where you will find some people will be more coordinated than others. With a coach or not you can do it better each day than the last one.
With different catching drills and techniques all you need is constant practice to keep up with the drills. There will also be many more things you will need to do to become that catcher you dream of even in broad daylight.
Here you will get to find some of the best tips that will take you there.
Get The Right Glove(S)
Anything worn on the hand will feel like an extension of it. A baseball glove should be well fitting so as to work efficiently. Depending on the age or body size, the glove sizes may vary from player to player, but it is important to practice your catch so that the glove will be a complement to your gaming.
Position Your Body Well
Catching the baseball will depend a lot on your stability and body position. An effective athletic position will involve you doing the following;
- Bend your knees slightly.
- Keep your shoulders positioned towards the target- the thrower in this case.
- Do not stand flat foot rather stand on the balls of your feet.
Keep Your Eyes On The Ball
Focus is critical. Focus on the thrower, do not let go the sight of the ball. Watch it from the moment it is thrown until it lands in your glove. Watching the ball will allow you see its flight plan and prepare the right position to catch it as it comes.
Go For The Ball
Do not keep standing in one place, rather move to catch it. For example, you can tell when a pitcher throws a ball will to land behind you. You should run backward while watching the ball. Baseball players will control the ball provided it is in their zone- called zone defense.
Position Your Glove
Keep in mind that you have been practicing in this glove. Hold your glove with your palm facing outwards in front of your body position whichever it is.
Position it in the direction of the target. If the pitcher throws the ball downwards towards your belly, rotate your hand with the glove facing downwards and if he throws it above you, extend your hand up with the glove facing the ball.
Catch The Baseball
While the balls close in, catch it in the pocket of your glove or what is called the palm of the glove. Immediately close your hand once the ball makes contact with the glove. Also, practice with the other hand to make your catch firmer.
Using the second hand will help you if you become a catcher since it needs quick access to the ball.
Keep Your Vision Clear
While at it, make sure your glove does not distract your vision on the ball. If the ball is coming straight to your face, move your glove in the last second. The point is to keep track of the ball until you catch it. Again, you can always reposition yourself to make the catch.
- Be flexible.
- Improve your footwork.
- Exercise and keep fit.