Catching Stances

Every pitch will begin with the catcher positioned in the sign stance.  This is where the you will give the pitcher the sign for the pitch that has been selected.  After the sign is given, you will transition to the receiving stance.  There are two types of receiving stances.  The game situation will dictate whether you will use the normal receiving stance or a blocking stance.

imageSign Stance

  • Comfortable, relaxed stance on your toes with feet under butt
  • Knees pointed toward middle infielders
  • Imagine giving sign to the shortstop (slight shift to block view of 1st base coach)
  • Hang glove off left knee to block view of 3rd base coach
  • Keep thumb against cup
  • Only move fingers – not wrist or forearm
  • Transition to receiving stance by sliding – DO NOT HOP

imageReceiving Stance – Normal

  • Give the pitcher the best target and the umpire the best view
  • Follow your glove and slide into the slot
  • Throwing hand behind ankle
  • Glove slightly out in front of knees
  • Elbow outside knees, loose and bent
  • Get low – turn toes slightly out, insides of feet
  • Keep chest up to give bigger target

imageReceiving Stance – Blocking Situation

  • Use when runners on base or two strikes on batter
  • Widen feet a bit with weight on inside of big toe
  • Butt up, chest out
  • Protect throwing hand
  • Still a receiving stance – one thing at a time