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You can read it here: The Building Blocks of Playing Catch Better
Teaching better catch play – Phase 2
Now after you have had the players practice the first phase of the double knee catch play, a good second step is to spread out and have one of the players (or the coach) be identified as the feeder, and the other be identified as the receiver.
In this second phase the receiver is going to stay down on both knees. The receiver will stand up and start to feed the receiver one hops.
The goal is to give the receiver a nice long hop that they can catch at about chest height. However, there will be variation in the exact location of the feeds and that is just fine.
The goal remains the same, the receiver is trying to keep the ball moving as they receive it and turn it around into a good accurate throw back to the feeder.
Typically we will have the athletes do a set of 5-10 and then switch the feeder and receiver.
All we are doing is having them catch it off of a hop to add another element into it. If you are indoors and on turf then the hops should be very consistent and there shouldn’t be any bad hops that the receiver has to adjust to. However, receiving the ball that is coming in on a different angle will help them feel how to work this transfer on a ball coming up to them.
It also really helps reinforce the idea of keeping the thumbs up and having the throwing hand follow the ball into the glove from beneath, rather than from the thumb-to-thumb position.
If they keep their elbows in properly, as discussed in the write up on phase 1, then the deflection off of the glove should be down. If they are receiving a ball that is coming up to them, the natural instinct is to keep the glove side elbow in tight. This results in the glove side thumb staying up. We are trying to use a different feed to allow self-organization to occur and promote proper technique.
Also, if this is being done out on a field, you will get a greater variation of hops. This will force adjustments and higher levels of engagement by the fielders. Over time this helps them develop the ability to read hops better.
How to do it:
- Place the feeder and receiver about 30 feet apart from one another.
- Receiver → down onto both knees with their shoulders square to the feeder.
- Feeder can be up on their feet.
Here are some of the visual examples of a couple of these important adjustments.
Again, you can see bigger pictures and read more in depth about this in the post on phase 1.
4. As each player receives the ball we want them to do the following:
5. The shoulder turn and break of the hands done in sync with each other.
6. Complete arm circle and deliver a good throw back to the feeder
7. Do sets of 5-10 and then switch partners, you can do several rounds of this
That will conclude phase 2. In phase 3 we will bring them up to their feet. Then we will teach them the coordination of the lower half, and how to put it all together.
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