Purpose: To give catchers practice receiving the ball.
How it works: A catcher sets up behind home plate. From about 10 feet away, a coach tosses a small ball, such as a golf or Wiffle ball, to the catcher. The catcher receives the ball and tosses it back. This continues for several reps. As the catcher masters small ball reception, the coach progresses to a larger ball, such as a tennis ball. This continues with various sized balls up to a softball. Throughout the drill, the catcher should work on staying within the frame of her body, sinking her head behind the glove as she catches. The coach should check the catcher’s stance and balance to ensure she’s in a good position.
Variations: Have the catcher receive the ball with the palm up and palm down. Along with tossing the balls, you can bounce them to the catcher.
Requirements: One player, catcher gear, a home plate, balls of various sizes, a coach and 10 feet of space