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Leadership in Catching

While leadership amongst all players is a great attribute, it's never more important than at the catching position. Regardless of talent level, there are basic ways in which a catcher can have a very positive impact on the team. Here are a few:


  • The catcher generally runs the game as the team's "quarterback."
  • Confidence and hustle go a long way in setting a style in which a team plays.
  • Every player on the field can see the catcher. The catcher should utilize this opportunity to lead by example. A confident demeanor influences a team positively.


  • The catcher must know all the strengths and weaknesses of the entire pitching staff. Therefore, communicating with the pitching staff becomes paramount in establishing trust in each other.
  • The catcher must know the following about all of the pitchers on his team:
    • What is the pitcher's best pitch?
    • What kind of command do they have with each pitch?
    • How does their temperament affect their pitching?
    • How fast do they work?
    • Do they like mound visits?
    • Do they like to talk between innings?
  • The catcher must be an extension of the manager on the field. Communicating with the manager and pitching coach about pitch strategies and/or game situations is vital.

Control the Tempo of the Game

  • Establishing and maintaining a quality game tempo is largely the catcher's job. When the team is ahead, a quick tempo maintains momentum. Conversely, when the pitcher is struggling, the catcher can slow the game down to help the pitcher regain his composure and minimize the opponent's momentum.

Calling a Game

  • Have a plan and help lead the pitcher in executing that plan.
  • In general, stick with a pitcher's strength over a hitter's weakness.
  • Don't be afraid to double up.
  • Have a reason for every pitch called.
  • Take pride in calling a winning game.


  • Lead by example.
  • Control the tempo of the game.
  • Control the running game.
  • Work harder than anyone else on the field.
  • Know the pitching staff's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Never carry the burdens of at-bats to the defensive side of the game.
  • Remind the pitcher to cover first base.
  • Give all first and third defenses to the rest of the team's fielders.
  • Communicate where to throw the ball on bunt plays.
  • Be a vocal reminder to infielders on pop ups.
  • Remind the infielders to throw to first base on 3-2 count and 2 out situations.
  • Enjoy the demands of the position. Great demands produce great satisfaction.