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The 2019 Catchers Super Camp - Summer Session

July 22 - 25, 2019 (Monday - Thursday)


2019 CATCHERS ONLY SUPER CAMP –
SUMMER SESSION

July 22-25, 2019 (Monday – Thursday)

8:00am – 2:30pm Daily (22 hrs of instruction)
Galena High School Baseball Facilities
3600 Butch Cassidy Dr, Reno, NV 89511 (MAP)
All Baseball Catchers age 10-18
(Limited to 24 Catchers) *Only 21 Spots Left*

Early Bird Price (until June 1st) $799 Per Catcher
Regular Price (until July 15th) $899 Per Catcher
Late Price (after July 15th) $999 Per Catcher

This is our 3rd annual Catchers Only Super Camp – Summer Session.  And this year, we are at a whole new venue… the 2017 State Runner Up, Galena Grizzlies home!  

Participants will receive 22 HOURS of elite, professional instruction between the field, classroom and gym sessions!

This Camp is designed for baseball catchers ages (10-18) and will cover every aspect of playing the position of catcher. From dropping your pop, to being a wall. Sticking the pitch, to playing with confidence…this camp will cover EVERYTHING!!  More details below…

CAMP DESCRIPTION:

Each day will be dedicated to a different skill involved with the position of catcher. Participants will be separated by age and put through several fundamental drills and exercises to improve their receiving ability, blocking form, throwing mechanics, and the fundamentals of tag plays, force plays, bunt plays, pop ups and more!

Our afternoon classroom sessions will cover mental game tips, understanding pitchers & pitching, the importance of and what it means to be a leader and we will also analyze video breakdowns of professional catchers performing the skills we cover during camp.

And finally, our late afternoon gym sessions will cover hip mobility, flexibility & strength, arm strengthening and arm care, baseball yoga and hand eye coordination.

We will cover everything you need to know and everything you need to do, to be a successful catcher!

NOTE: All initial instruction on the field will be performed by Coach Todd while his coaching staff will help run the fundamental skill stations.

For those of you who haven’t met him yet, here is a little more about Coach Todd:

  • Drafted twice as a catcher by the Houston Astros.
  • Former catcher in the Philadelphia Phillies Organization.
  • Former catching coach at Cuesta Junior College, Cal Poly and College of Southern Idaho.
  • Founder & President of Gamer Baseball and “The Catching Guy.”
  • Over 25 years’ experience coaching catchers.
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology (Teaching & Coaching Focus).
  • Author of: The View From Behind the Mask, Everything you need to know about catching and more.
  • Featured speaker at CatcherCON 2016.
  • Featured speaker at the 2018 Be The Best Coaches Convention.
  • Featured speaker at the 2018 ABCA USF Barnstormers Clinic.
  • Featured speaker at the 2018 ABCA National Convention.
  • Nearly 100,000 followers over all social media platforms.

My goal is to give your catcher the tools they need to not only get to the next level but succeed at that level.  From mental game tips, fundamental skill training, catcher specific strength training to understanding the “game inside of the game…” we will cover EVERYTHING!

MORE DETAILS & TENTATIVE CAMP SCHEDULE

Age divisions: 9-11 (Youth), 12-14 (Juniors), 15 & Up (High School)

Participants will be separated by age and each age division will be training together during the camp.

DETAILED CAMP SCHEDULE: (Tentative)

Day #1 (Monday, July 22) – Stances and Receiving technique.
Day #2 (Tuesday, July 23) – Blocking Form.
Day #3 (Wednesday, July 24) – Throwing fundamentals.
Day #4 (Thursday, July 25) – “Special Plays” including tag plays, force plays, bunt plays and pop ups.

Field Sessions will run from 8:00-11:30 Daily
Classroom Sessions will run from 12:15-1:15 Daily
Gym Sessions will run from 1:30-2:30 Daily

That’s 5.5 hours of instruction a day and a total of 22 hours for the week!

7:30-8:00 Camp Check-In (Day #1 only)
8:00-8:10 Daily discussion / preview of day
8:10-8:30 Active Dynamic Warm up
8:30-9:30 Fundamentals skills practice
9:30-9:40 Water Break
9:40-11:15 Fundamental skills practice
11:15-11:30 Coach Todd’s “Final Thought”
EXTRA SESSIONS DETAILS:
11:30-12:15 Lunch (Please bring a lunch)
12:15-1:15 Classroom Session
1:30-2:30 Gym Session
2:30 Extra sessions complete / Day Over
CAMP STAFF (Subject to change)
  • Todd Coburn (A.K.A. – The Catching Guy) – Former pro catcher in the Phillies Organization.
  • Max Rossiter – Former pro catcher in Pirates Organization.
  • Kenny Riley – Former pro catcher in Rockies Organization.
  • Brian Whatley – Former draft pick Oakland Athletics.
  • Beau Walker – Former collegiate catcher, current Head Coach at Galena High School.
  • Others TBA

Coaching staff is subject to change due to availability and any replacements will be announced as soon as we know.

FEATURED GUEST - Dr. Quinten Lynn
  • Dr. Quinten Lynn – Sport Psychologist PhD (formerly for LSU & K-State) with over 15 years of clinical experience.  Dr. Lynn is an anger management and anxiety specialist that is going to give our camp participants the tools needed to deal with the challenges of being a competitive baseball player/catcher.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR TO CAMP

Baseball appropriate clothing including baseball pants for on field training. Please bring shorts & a towel for afternoon training sessions.

IMPORTANT: Each Catcher MUST have their own complete set of catchers gear including a protective cup

Cleats or spikes AND turf or tennis shoes (we will be on a grass field for the field sessions and inside for the extra training sessions).

Water bottle (We will provide the ice cold water)

Sun block, SPF chap stick & sweat rash powder.

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMP:

I would like to give my input regarding your Super Camp from a parent’s perspective. What my son and I wanted from the camp was insightful instruction from experienced and knowledgeable former players to get him to the next level and you and your staff delivered.

Each day started off with pearls of wisdom from you. Then the drills were ran with precision and efficiency. Each coach did his best to give personal but straightforward instruction to each catcher. I managed to write down some of the best instructions. Some were nuanced where if you don’t pay attention you would miss it and it would be your loss. 

When I picked the coaches brains they were glad to take the time and got down and showed me then explained their rationale for doing what they taught.  The afternoon classes (extra sessions) were priceless.

My son certainly absorbed a tremendous amount of valuable coaching from you and your staff. The full effect of your program will bear fruit months and years down the road provided he adheres to the training shown to him.

Thank you for your generosity in sharing your wisdom.

Satisfied Parent (2018 Super Camp)

HOTEL OPTIONS & POINTS OF INTEREST

HOTEL OPTIONS:

You’re of course welcome to stay wherever you’d like, but here are some hotel options in the Reno/Sparks area which are all within a 15 minute drive of Galena High School (Keep in mind that Galena High School is at the very south end of town):

Click HERE for a Google list of potential hotels.  

*IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for booking and paying for your own room.  Accommodations are NOT included with this camp.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

If you are looking for some things to do after camp each day, here are some local points of interest (within 1 hour drive):

Click HERE to see a list provided by US News & World Report.

RESTAURANT OPTIONS:

We also wanted to provide participants with some restaurant options in and around Reno…

You can click HERE to see the choices…

 

CAMP FACILITIES:

Camp will be conducted at:

Galena High School Baseball Facilities
3600 Butch Cassidy Dr, Reno, NV 89511 (MAP)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT YOUR CATCHER TO WORK ON WHILE AT CAMP:

Field Sessions:

  • Stances – The 3 stances a catcher uses through out a game
  • Receiving – Soft hands, sticking the pitch, getting strikes called strikes and stri-balls called strikes.
  • Blocking – Technique to help us “be a wall!”
  • Tag plays – Receiving throws from the infield & outfield.
  • Force plays – Set up and footwork for getting the out and turning two.
  • Bunt plays – Footwork for bunts down 1st, 3rd and middle of the field.
  • Pop ups – Routine to catch each and every pop up in our area.
  • Throwing – Proper mechanics to get the out and protect our arms.
  • Retrieving passed balls and wild pitches – How to get the out at home.

AND during the Classroom & Gym Sessions expect to learn about:

  • How the best of the best do what they do (Video breakdowns).
  • The importance of hand eye coordination.
  • How to understand pitchers and pitching.  Understanding the pitchers mindset, pitching mechanics, when to do a mound visit, what to say during a mound visit, etc.
  • How to safely improve your arm strength and overall arm health.
  • Keys to the all important mental game of baseball, and,
  • The importance of hip flexibility, mobility, strength and power.

LUNCH & SNACKS:

Please send your catcher with a lunch and snacks each day.  We will give several water/snack breaks during the on field training sessions and will have a lunch break immediately after the field session.

We recommend that your catcher eat a light lunch.  They will have the opportunity to have their stomach settle during the guest speaker/classroom session.  We will also have a couple pretty intense training sessions from 1:30-2:30.  We don’t want anyone to eat too much and feel ill during the training.

CONTACT INFO:

Todd Coburn
Founder & President
teamcoburn@thecatchingguy.com
Chrysee Coburn
Vice President  & Operations
teamcoburn@thecatchingguy.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

: What should I bring and wear to camp?

:  Make sure you bring or wear the following:

  • Baseball appropriate clothing including baseball pants. Shorts are NOT recommended.
  • *Each Catcher MUST have their own complete set of catchers gear including a protective cup.
  • Cleats or spikes AND turf or tennis shoes for the afternoon extra sessions.
  • Water bottle & snack.
: What time does check-in begin?

:  Please have your catcher to the field approximately 15-20 minutes prior to the start of camp on day one for check in (Day one only).  After that, Coach Todd and/or his staff typically arrive at least 30 minutes prior to camp.  We will start camp at 8:00am sharp each day.

: What time should I pick up my catcher?

:  Camp field sessions will conclude at 11:30 each day. Training will end around 11:15 and then Coach Todd will do one of his “Final Thought” talks until 11:30.  Parents are encouraged to be there for Coach Todd’s post camp talks.

: Can parents stick around and watch during the camp?

:  It is not only allowed, it is encouraged. We love to have the parents observe during our camps and clinics. You are welcome to observe from the bleachers during the drills and training. If we can help the parents to gain more knowledge about the position so they can reinforce and pass along the information to the catchers, we’re all for it! We just ask that you please stay in the bleachers or on the “side lines” and not come actually on the field or in the training area. We don’t want anyone to get hit by a ball. Thanks for your understanding.

: Why should my catcher attend this camp? What is The Catching Guy "difference?"

:  There is A LOT of information out there about the position of catcher.  Coach Todd is known for the ability to dissect the complex and present it in the simple. His ability to communicate the information in a manner that is relatable and understandable to catchers of all ages and experience levels is what sets him apart. Additionally, The Catching Guy events are not only designed to help develop the skills your catcher needs to succeed at the position, and in the game of baseball… there is also a large emphasis placed on building the confidence needed to succeed in the “game of life.”

Pricing:

Early Bird Price

$799.00 USD Per Catcher
until June 1st
Full payment due at time of registration.

Regular Price

$899.00 USD Per Catcher
June 1st until July 15th
Full payment due at time of registration.

Late Price

$999.00 USD Per Catcher
after July 15th
Full payment due at time of registration.