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Jen Schroeder's Four Cores of Catching

In a previous story, GameChanger introduced Jen Schroeder and how she has created her catching empire, including The Packaged Deal, her four-person team of coaches that put on interactive clinics.

Now, Schroeder introduces her four cores of catching.

1. Transfer and throwing
2. Receiving and framing
3. Blocking
4. Leadership and communication

“Those are the four pillars that I build on and I believe if I can teach them the fundamental base and build from the ground up, then I can throw a lot of reactionary drills at them.”

According to Schroeder, the drills are pretty crazy and fast moving. They are very quick and demanding and are all a progression.

Schroeder has posted many drills on social media. They vary from the basics of blocking to the more advanced “rise ball drop ball” drill, in which players are fed a series of either high or low pitches that will test a catcher’s ability to get to both. It’s important for athletes who watch to realize that it is a process.

“They have to be able to trust themselves before they are able to go from A to D. Some of them want to skip B and C completely.”

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Girls are competitive by nature, and according to Schroeder, they tend to push each other down instead of building each other up.

“I think that’s what is so great about The Packaged Deal. We compliment one another so well. Beyond the physical things we teach, we teach them to work in a team, to support other females, to be confident leaders.”

Jen Schro Catching stands for the same thing that The Packaged Deal has created. For example, Louisiana State University catcher Sahvanna Jaquish and Florida’s Aubree Munro were rivals on the field but are both products of Jen Schro Catching.

“Despite the fact that these girls are competing against each other for a national championship, off the field they are the best of friends. They trained together every single day since they were 12 and they learned to build one another up.”

Schroeder has created a network for these catchers to take advantage of and ask for help whenever it’s needed. Another example is Lea Wodach at Oklahoma, who was able to text a fellow catcher like Munro for help.

Another part of Jen Schro Catching is the Catching Retreat. This year there were 140 spots that sold out in 60 seconds. Girls attended from four countries and 31 states.

“I bring in incredible speakers and you never know who is going to show up. For that, I want to employ not just catchers but the best leaders and role models in our sport. The best in our game hang out with these girls for three days,” said Schroeder. “Two months later, we are still tweeting and group texting about having retreat withdrawals.“

“Never in a million years did I think this would be life but I am so thankful that it is.”

From GameChanger and Maren Angus.

Softball, Softball Player Development, Softball Tips & Drills

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