- Glove elbow is clear of left knee to avoid getting stuck
- Glove/target is at batter’s knee level
- Catcher’s glove thumb is pointed to 3 o’clock if looking from the pitcher’s view
- Catcher’s glove thumb is pointed to 9 o’clock if looking from the catcher’s view
- Only frame pitches in the “buffer zone.” Avoid trying to frame pitches further away from home plate. You’ll lose credibility with the umpire.
- If your catcher has long legs – Lean with glove shoulder slightly forward to make sure he/she is able to work to receive without interference from their knees
- Use tennis balls with no glove to create soft hands. Tennis balls like to bounce and soft hands kill the bounce.
- Always remind your catchers to catch the ball working upward, and not downward.
- Working up pushes the low pitch in to the strike zone while holding your glove high and moving downward to catch will take strikes out of the strike zone.
- Moving down will cause catcher to stab at ball creating hard hands
- Upward movements are typically smoother and create softer hands
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