Learning proper technique to ensure a higher level of safety and performance.
A catcher takes a physical beating that no other position player takes, so having the proper catching stances and throwing mechanics is paramount in building a good catcher. At Complete Game we continually reinforce proper catching mechanics to increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. We take an individualized approach with each player so that they will remain unique as they work to get to the key points in their catching game. A sample of some areas of Physical Mechanics to be studied and learned are:
- Catching stances that will focus on balance, relaxation and quickness
- How to condition the legs to be a catcher. We create drills that condition and stretch the muscles of the legs so a catcher can stay injury free and catch as many games as they can in a season
- Blocking the ball the right way to reduce the number of passed balls and keep runners from moving ahead
- Developing sound footwork and hand/glove exchange to maximize a catchers throwing ability
- Throwing mechanics will be a major focus, as a catcher who can not throw, can not catch
- Staying healthy: Foul tips, proper set up from the batter, and plays at the plate
Successful teams have catchers who take charge and lead their team physically, mentally, and strategically.
The catcher is the “quarterback”, the “leader”, on the field. A catcher who is lacking in self confidence or leadership will struggle at a position that needs an abundance of those qualities and more. As a catcher we have to handle all parts of the game: pitching, defense and running the game on the field. The psychological part of catching can be just as taxing as the physical component. Our goal is to strengthen the areas we are weak in and learn how to become the leader that every coach and teammate needs on the field. A sample of some of the areas of the Psychological Approach to be studied and learned are:
- The pitcher/catcher relationship.
- Calling a game that fits the pitcher and reading opposing hitters to help formulate a game plan.
- Taking charge of the game. A good catcher is not always the “rah rah” guy, he can lead in a quiet manor that gains the respect of his teammates.
- Staying healthy: Foul tips, proper set up from the batter and plays at the plate
Overcoming fears related to performance and safety are crucial for any player who works behind the plate.
There are many components to catching that can result in fear and anxiety within a player. These fears will limit the production of a player, regardless of how talented they may be. Even worse, fears are one of the root causes of players getting hurt. Having the ability to coach yourself through periods of doubt and nervousness will lead to greater performances and a higher level of enjoyment on the field. A sample of some of the areas of Mental Strengthening to be studied and learned are:
<li>Preparing your body and mind for the daily grind of catching</li>
<li>Don’t take your at bats to the field. How a bad at bat can hurt your defense and your team!</li>
<li>Coaching yourself through moments of doubt and fear through self-talk</li>
<li>Increasing aggressiveness in every aspect of catching: calling the game, receiving, throwing, blocking, etc.</li>
<li>Create a positive attitude within yourself that will have a positive affect on the entire team.</li>
What are people saying about us?
“I would never have been able to accomplish what I’ve done without Patrick. Complete Game prepares you not only physically, but also mentally. Complete Game provides you with all the tools you need in order to be successful, no matter how old you are. Patrick is one of the best people I know, and truly cares about you on and off the field. He has trained some of the best athletes in the area, and I am grateful for all that he has done for me.” – Troy T.
“Patrick, I can not thank you enough for what you have done in my both my baseball career and in life. We have accomplished so much this far. I say we because from the moment I had tommy John surgery in 2010, through my recruiting process, and now in the offseason of my college career you have always been there to support and help me. I can’t express the level of thanks to you for always having your door open for training and your phone on for whenever I need you’re advice. Thank you for keeping me driven and motivated for every single throw. Your genuine desire to help me succeed and achieve my dreams surpasses anything I have experienced. Things like attention to details and having the I WILL attitude will stay with me for life and I truly would not be where I am today without you. You have seen me at my worst but your loyalty and drive drove me to become my best. For this and so many other reasons is why I will forever call you family.” – Vince F.
“Patrick taught my son Sam a lot more than just how to be a successful pitcher. He connected with Sam on a personal level and taught him important life lessons such as mastering hardship, trusting himself, emotionally dealing with winning and losing, good sportsmanship, fair play, honesty and integrity. Over the years Patrick earned my sons utmost respect and admiration. THANK YOU PATRICK for helping Sam exceed his potential as a pitcher and shaping him into the fine young man he is today.” – Sharon M.
“Patrick Stanley is more than a pitching coach. He’s a mentor and positive role model for my son. He genuinely cares about my son’s development as a person not the baseball player. Patrick is an enthusiastic leader who has the ability to explain and teach the craft of pitching. He is a thoughtful, responsible, honest and dependable person that I would recommend to any family looking for a pitching coach/mentor for their child.” – Sonny P.
“My son Jack has been going to Patrick Stanley and Complete Game since it’s inception. Jack went from being cut from his middle school team in 7th grade to receiving a baseball scholarship. That never would have happened without Complete Game. Not only has Patrick’s teaching provided Jack with the help and discipline to fulfill his pitching goals he’s helped him grow as a young man. Thanks Patrick!” – Brian A.
“We don’t know where Jake would be without Complete Game. Jake has truly grown as pitcher, competitor and as a young man, not only because of Patrick’s coaching, but also because of his mentoring and friendship. The life skills and lessons that he has learned from you will be something that he will carry with him as he pursues D1 baseball and life in general.” – Sally L.
“Patrick Stanley is the best one-on-one baseball trainer I have ever seen. My son had some unique areas that needed improvement and if left to the regular group training available, he wouldn’t be where he is today. Patrick’s ability to pin point each individuals physical and mental weaknesses is unprecedented. It’s his passion and transference of belief that makes these kids respond. He gets my highest recommendation.” – Tony C.
“Our sons have been training with Patrick Stanley for over three years, and we are continually impressed with the way Patrick’s instruction meets their changing needs as they grow and develop as baseball players. It is a pleasure to send our children to an instructor whose message is always positive and supportive. We highly recommend Complete Game.” – Kristin K.