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Basic Blocking Drill

Skill Set: Catching

Difficulty Level: Medium

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1-2 athletes and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 5 minutes

Equipment Required: Catcher's gear and gloves, baseballs (at least 5)

Goal: Keep chest over the ball and cover the gap between knees with glove

Description of the Drill:

• Catcher in full gear in catching position (home plate optional)

• Coach/partner with baseballs 30 feet in front of the catcher

• Coach/partner throws the ball into the dirt right in front of the catcher

• Catcher gets their body behind the ball and drops to their knees to block the ball, keeping their chest over the ball, chin down, and their glove covering the gap between their knees

• Catcher places each ball off to the side and gets back in the catching position to receive the next pitch

Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, the coach or partner can vary pitches and locations of the bounce, challenging the catcher.

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Basic Blocking Drill


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