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Catcher's
STANCE

 

When in the throwing stance, you should be in a comfortable crouch, compact and relaxed.
 Move your entire body to the location of the desired pitch, with your off-hand behind your back. Any time there is a threat of a runner stealing, your right foot should be a little behind the left (left heel to right toes), backside up, and the off-hand should be in a tight fist behind the glove.

 

Use good transition when throwing, whether the "rock in fire" or the "L" method.
You should stay low and move in one smooth action, ball and hands to ear, throw over the top quickly (hot potato).

 

When receiving the ball, be strong and smooth. Extend your arm and show the umpire the ball. Roll your wrists toward the center of the plate.

 

As the catcher, your body position when in the blocking stance should be the same as the throwing stance because this is used when there are runners on base or there are two strikes on the hitter.

 

Your feet should be shoulder width apart or more, with the wide base slightly leaning forward on balls of feet. Your backside should be up, and the off-hand in a tight fist behind the glove.

 

 

When blocking, 
you need to immediately thrust the glove into the dirt between your legs.
 Your bare hand will placed behind it, and you will fall to your knees.

 

 

As the catcher, angle your body towards the plate or in front of the plate and be somewhat upright. Your shoulders should roll forward, knees should remain wide, and your head should be kept down.
 Do not attempt to catch the ball.

 Instead you need to
 block it.

To do this,
 keep in front and jump to your feet.

 

FRAMING

When framing, you need to extend your arm, go get the ball, and hold the ball for the umpire to see. Roll your wrists toward the plate, but don't pull the ball.
 Roll and extend in a smooth manner and avoid jerking or snapping the glove.

 

On low pitches, roll your wrists upwards.
It is important to give the umpire a good view. The catcher and the umpire need to work together.