Today’s Tip: “Vary Your Stances”

December 28, 2010

Tony Pena spicing things up with a creative catching stance.

Here’s another catching tip….

Watching a catcher do the same thing – squat, catch ball, toss back – for three hours is about exciting as watching paint dry.

As much as anything, baseball is entertainment. Here’s a suggestion on how you can do your part as a catcher to bring some showmanship, creativity, and energy to your position.

In a non-blocking, non-throwing situation (less than two strikes, less than three balls, and nobody on base) mix up your squatting style.

Here’s just a few of the many benefits that come from using multiple stances.
1. It’ll give your pitcher a different look (which is especially helpful if he’s struggling to find the zone.)
2. Breaking the one-stance monotony is fun and will help keep you mentally engaged for the whole game.
3. It’ll set you apart from the masses and help you get noticed.
4. Varying your stances will make you appear to have bounce and brings positive energy to your defense.

Remember though, it’s only for the non-blocking, non-throwing situations!

Till next time, good luck, have fun, and keep your eye on the ball.

2 Responses to “Today’s Tip: “Vary Your Stances””

  1. jay shapiro says:

    another positive is that it can help avoid cramping and fatigue with engaging different sets of muscles throughout the game… almost like stretching while playing. good tip.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Sweet early ’80’s pic. The umpire is wearing VANS !

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