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Primary and Secondary Catching Stances | RBI Academy Drills

Coach Tino talks about Primary and Secondary Catching Stances and how to offer good target for pitchers.

With catching, you have a primary stance and a secondary stance.

When to Use Primary Catching Stance

You use your primary stance while knowing one is on base. Then when it isn’t a 2-strike count so you do not have to worry about runners on the base path. WHEN TO USE YOUR SECONDARY CATCHING STANCE You use your secondary stance when runners are on base or you have a 2-strike count on the batter.

Primary Stances

So there are 2 different types of primary stances. The first one is 2 feet up, relaxed with chest up and you sink into your legs and you’re giving your pitcher a big target. When catching, you always want to give your pitcher a target and you want the target to be as big as you can.

The second stance is knee down and you only do this stance if you are comfortable with this stance. So you have your left knee down and right knee up and you sink into your butt but you still have your chest up and give the pitcher a big target. This stance helps receive the ball and bring the low ball up to by a strike.

When to Use Secondary Catching Stance

You use your secondary stance when runners are on base or you have a 2-strike count on the batter.

Secondary Stances

In the secondary stance, Tino takes a step right and a step left from his primary stance to spread his legs out and get his body wider and higher.

This position that Tino is in is his ready position – making it easier for him to throw runners out.

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