Sorry for my absence on the blog here; Both my personal life and the training facility have been busy! I'm also in the middle of writing an ebook for you all! It will have some of the drills we do with our catchers and some insights into how to start catchers out on the right track! Here is an excerpt from the intro of the ebook! Enjoy
One of the main keys to success as you grow as a catcher or grow in coaching catchers is that you set positive expectations. What I mean by that is, that you set expectations that are realistic! If you have never done one of the drills in this book, a positive expectation is that you or your catcher needs some time to learn and become proficient at the drill; that means that they might fail from time to time and that’s okay! Expecting to be perfect your first week is only setting you up for frustration and disappointment (especially as a coach). Be okay with failing a little bit as you learn drills and work to become proficient. If you are working hard, with a good attitude, and not giving up then you can be proud of the work you have put in. Enjoy this process as a player and as a coach!
My recommendation for you is to set an expectation that it will take more than 1 week even more than 1 month of hard work to start to see progress! My recommendation would be to continue your hard work for at least 3 months before you decide whether or not a drill or philosophy is working for you. There is no magic drill or magic formula for making great catchers. Every big leaguer and professional catcher has had to work their butt off to get where they are. You won’t be any different!
The drills I use have worked well with the catchers I train every day at our facility but it isn’t the drills themselves that make it happen! It’s how you approach each drill and how you do that particular drill that matters. The greatest drill in the world won’t be effective if you aren’t doing it correctly.
Enjoy the process of getting better! You will be in that process your whole baseball career and you can either be frustrated with learning new skills or you can find the joy in working hard to acquire those new skills. The choice is yours.