Fielding Tips & Drills
Fielding is a skill that is often overlooked by young players as it is perceived as not as fun as hitting and pitching. Many games are won or lost by fielding, especially the close ones. Nothing frustrates a pitching staff more than having to throw more pitches than necessary due to shabby fielding.
During the course of a game, the catcher is the busiest player on the field--crouching behind the plate, blocking balls, keeping track of the count on each batter, repositioning teammates defensively and so on. The catcher needs to be one of the team leaders because the catcher is much like the quarterback of the team. The catcher also needs to be one of the tougher players on the team (both physically and mentally) due to the demands of the position. The catcher has to learn the most signs on the team. A very good catcher is always one of the hardest players to find and/or develop.
Most pitchers will develop a couple of different pitches and then throw variations of those pitches. As a pitcher, you should always warm up and develop good ball control and placement. Listed below are many different types of pitches and how to throw them.