Catcher learns a lesson about tucking the chin

Sometimes when I am teaching pitching lessons, I also work with catchers. It’s not a paid thing, just a little something I enjoy doing.

One of those catchers is a young lady named Haley. We’ve worked on stances, framing, throws down to second, and of course blocking. We’ve talked a few times about getting into a good position, with the head forward and chin tucked in. She’s worked on it, but has had a tendency to lean back instead of forward when she drops to her knees. When that happens she tends to lift her head instead of tuck her chin.

Tonight she found out the hard way why it’s important to tuck the chin. The ball bounced up and hit her in the throat. Ouch!

It hurt, but she was fine and was able to continue. She told me afterwards she’s pretty sure she’ll remember to get that chin tucked from now on. Pain is a tough way to learn, but it’s a good teacher.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on April 28, 2010, in Catching. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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