Want to add a high-intensity conditioning element to your catchers' workout? Check out this multipurpose drill from Coach Skeeter Gentile that conditions your catchers, builds their leg strength and develops their blocking skills all at the same time.
Purpose: To condition, build leg strength and develop blocking skills.
How it works: A catcher begins in a crouched position. She jumps down into blocking position, pulling her glove toward her body as if receiving the ball, then springs back to her starting position. Without pausing, she hops laterally to the left and repeats the blocking movement. Continue for a total of five reps before taking a break.
As players get tired, they’ll have a tendency to lean back on their knees. Remind them to keep their bodies forward. You may need to stand behind them as they perform the drill to nudge them forward and ensure they’re in the proper position when blocking.
Variation: Once your catchers master the blocking technique, challenge them by adding balls to the drill.
Requirements: One or more players, catcher gear, balls, a coach and 10 feet of space