Catching is an essential position in baseball, and one of the most critical skills a catcher must have is the ability to block pitches in the dirt. Blocking pitches is crucial because it prevents runners from advancing and keeps the ball in front of the catcher. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key points from the YouTube video “4 BLOCKING DRILLS that will teach any catcher How To Block THE RIGHT WAY!” by YouGoProBaseball (see below) and offer additional tips to help you improve your catcher’s blocking technique.
The first blocking drill discussed in the YouTube video is the “Hands Up Blocking Drill”. This drill helps catchers make sure that they are getting their hands down to block up the hole between their legs. It’s just a great drill to get the to feel the movement in the arms and to be quick.
The second blocking drill discussed in the YouTube video is the “Duck Walk Blocking Drill”. This drill helps catchers learn how to block balls in the dirt and control their body. To start, line up a few balls in a line and have the catcher duck walk to each ball and then get into proper blocking position. This drill helps catchers develop their blocking technique and control their body when blocking.
The third blocking drill discussed in the YouTube video is the “Tennis Ball Blocking Drill”. Using tennis balls for catcher blocking drills is a great way to get in a lot of reps without the catcher getting banged up or being afraid of the ball. This is a great way to practice blocking for younger catchers but older catchers can also benefit from using tennis balls in their blocking drills.
The fourth blocking drill discussed in the YouTube video is the “Rolling Ball Blocking Drill”. This drill helps catchers develop their reaction time and improve their blocking technique. To start, have a coach or teammate stand a few feet away from the catcher and roll balls at them and to their sides. The catcher must then react and block the ball using proper technique. This drill helps catchers improve their reflexes and develop muscle memory for proper blocking technique.
In addition to these blocking drills, there are several other catching drills you can use to help your catcher develop their skills. We will cover some of these other blocking drills and various other catching drills on our YouTube channel and this blog so be sure to subscribe and check back often. You might also be interested in checking out some of our catchers training tools that we have available here. One of our most popular being the catcher’s receiving ramp.
In conclusion, blocking drills are an essential part of developing a catcher’s skills in baseball. By using effective drills such as the “hands up blocking drill”, “duck walk blocking drill”, “tennis ball blocking drill”, and the “rolling ball blocking drill” you can help your catcher improve their blocking technique and develop their reflexes to be a better catcher. With consistent practice and focus on the fundamentals, they’ll be on their way to becoming a successful catcher in no time.