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The "Beginner" Trap

How many times have you read or heard someone teaching how to catch for beginners? Or, have you ever heard of teaching kids the "fundamentals". I have heard this countless times. My question is always this... Who defines the fundamentals of catching? Is it just someone's opinion? In the following article I will give you what I think of fundamentals and how focussing on these so called fundamentals will inhibit the growth of your catcher. Lets define the term fundamentals using Merriam-Webster's online dictionary: Fundamental-adj- 1. serving as an original or generating source 2. serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function Lets first talk abou

Blocking Tips

I have gotten many requests to write a piece on blocking. So here is a little professional information on the topic. Rather than getting into too much detail here, I am going to touch on just a few things. You will be able to find greater detail and instruction in my upcoming catching book that will focus more on the instructional and technique sides of the catching position. The first thing I want to discuss regarding blocking is the word "attitude". From the online Merriam-Webster dictionary: Attitude-noun 1. the way you think and feel about somone or something 2. a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior. You might be asking yourself why I just gave you the definit

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