Tip Of The Month April 2017

TIP of the MONTH

Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista

April 1, 2017

 

PLAYING CATCH

 

Playing catch the right way, with proper mechanics is a very important baseball skill. Playing catch the right way will help protect the player’s arm from potential injuries. Believe it or not, when done properly, with the proper focus and throwing mechanics, playing catch can also help players to be more consistent defensively.

 

First, you do not want to play catch to warm-up. You need to warm-up to play catch. The warm-up should consist of jogging first, then a dynamic stretching session, arm-circles, and then, and only then, play catch.

 

A good four seam grip should always be used. Fingers centered on top of the baseball, with the thumb centered at the bottom of the baseball.

 

Be sure to be consistent with your throwing mechanics. Take the baseball from the glove with a short arm circle, keeping the elbow equal or below the shoulder. Get the baseball back and up, while stepping toward your target. Be sure to follow your throw. Don’t throw flat-footed!

 

Be sure your “catch partner” gives you a good target to throw to.

 

Your “catch partner” should receive the baseball, while shifting their feet, preparing to catch the ball with two hands, and throw the baseball back with the proper mechanics.

 

The process should be repeated with focus and determination.

 

You can usually tell who is the better baseball team by how they warm-up and play catch before a game.

 

PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE!

 

ALWAYS BE POSITIVE!     ALWAYS GIVE 100%     ENERGY TAKES NO TALENT!

 

Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista

 

NOTE: Direct any questions or comments to Coach Kalista at kalbaseball@comcast.net