- One of the most important parts of catching technique is getting the glove down to block the hole between the catcher’s legs — commonly known as the “five-hole.”
- The ability to consistently drop the glove down and keep the glove down will improve the confidence of young catchers (and pitchers!) and stop the offense from taking easy extra bases on passed balls and wild pitches.
- To drill blocking balls, have your young catchers start in their secondary receiving position — legs wide, backside up — and ready to drop into their blocking position.
- Start by rolling a ball to your catcher’s glove side. The glove has to get down in concert with the body dropping and shifting in general; the glove has to get into the blocking position to cover the five-hole as quickly as possible, and it needs to stay down.
- As your catchers begin to feel and look more comfortable in their blocking technique, start rolling the ball from side to side, eventually mixing it up to mirror the unpredictability of a live game situation.
- DO NOT BOUNCE THE BALL. The ball should be rolled to make sure the catcher keeps the glove all the way down and in position.
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