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CA. Central Valley Advanced Development Weekend

August 24-26, 2018 (Friday – Sunday)
Central Valley, CA
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CAMP OVERVIEW: 

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 help improve their receiving ability, blocking form and throwing mechanics.  We will also have guest speakers discussing the Mental Game and what scouts look for.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

High School Upperclassmen AND
Collegiate Catchers
Ages 16 through 21

CAMP COST:

Camp total: $499 per catcher
($249.00 online deposit required
to hold your spot).

All initial teaching and discussion during camp will be performed by Coach Todd while his coaching staff will help run the fundamental skill stations.

ABOUT COACH TODD:

AKA – “The Catching Guy”

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  • Former collegiate & professional catcher
  • Founder & President of Gamer Baseball and The Catching Guy
  • Over 25 years experience coaching catchers
  • Masters degree in Kinesiology with a focus in teaching & coaching
  • Authored 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”
  • Followed by 60,000+ followers across various social media platforms

ADDITIONAL CAMP DETAILS:

We will be covering, in detail, what I call the “Big 3” of catching which include receiving, blocking and throwing.
We will also have daily discussions about work ethic, the “6th Tool,” the importance controlling your emotions.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

DAY #1 / Friday


6:00pm-8:00pm
Video Breakdown Classroom Session

DAY #2 / Saturday

9:00am-12:30pm
Receiving & Blocking Training

1:00pm-2:00pm
Mental Game Talk

DAY #3 / Sunday

9:00am-12:30pm
Throwing Training

1:00pm-2:00pm
Recruiting Talk

WHILE AT CAMP, YOUR CATCHERS WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION ON…

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  • STANCES – The 3 stances a catcher uses throughout a game.  We can teach your catcher everything they need to know about receiving, blocking and throwing but if they do not get in the proper ready position, they will not be able to perform the other fundamental skills of a catcher.
  • RECEIVING – Soft hands, sticking the pitch, getting strikes called strikes and stri-balls called strikes.  Research shows that being a good receiving catcher will help your team more than anything else we do.  We will dedicate almost an entire day to train your catchers on becoming the best receiving catcher they can be.
  • BLOCKING – Technique to help you “be a wall!”  Being a good blocking catcher has the potential to save a bunch of runs for your catcher’s team.  Although it is one of the least liked jobs of a catcher, it is one of the most important.  We will dedicate almost an entire day to helping your catcher not only get comfortable with the baseball hitting them but also liking and taking pride in their blocking ability.
  • THROWING – A catchers throwing ability is always the first thing that coaches, opponents, and scouts notice.  We will cover everything your catcher needs to know to become the best throwing catcher they can be including quick hands, quick feet, arm strength and throwing mechanics.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

In addition to the physical skills training we do at all of our events, we will also have guest speakers on staff to discuss the mental aspects of the game as well as recruiting tips to help the high school catchers to get to the next level and the college catchers to understand what scouts look for in a pro prospect.

EVENT STAFF:

Brian Whatley of DNA Catching —

  • Former collegiate catcher at Cal State Fullerton, Sac City and Long Beach State (College World Series Participant in ’93).
  • 18th round pick by the Oakland A’s (’93), signed with the Angels Organization (’95).
  • Current owner & lead catching instructor at The Yard, Baseball Training Center – Stockton, CA.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Tim Dixon, The Mental Locker –

  • Former collegiate pitcher at Cal State Fullerton & Long Beach State.
  • Former professional pitcher in the Expos Organization.
  • World renowned speaker and founder of The Mental Locker.

HERE IS A SAMPLE DRILL PERFORMED AT CAMP:

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT COACH TODD:

"We really valued your life talks and we started to refer to them in our house as “Todd Talks” instead of “Ted Talks”. The wisdom you imparted to the boys was incredibly valuable and continues to be, especially when a lot of what you share reiterates what we as parents have been saying, but from an entirely unique perspective. Hearing these life lessons from you, drove it home. Thank you!"

The Bowlan's

"My son and I have been begging for instruction of this type for quite some time. We can not express our gratitude for the time he was able to spend with you and your staff at camp. It will prove to be invaluable to his growth as a player and even more importantly as a person. I was able to remember the stuff you taught so that I could take it back to my team. You have a special knack for simplifying the position! Thank you!"

Coach Steve

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.
  • Tennis shoes or turf shoes for indoor use.
  • Water bottle & snack
: What time does check-in begin?

:  Please have your catcher to the field approximately 20-30 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.  Times To Be Announced later.

: What time should I pick up my catcher?

:  Information about Camp concludes will be announced later,  Training will end around 15 minutes before camp concludes and then Coach Todd will do one of his “Final Thought” talks until times up.  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 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.”

REGISTERING IS SIMPLE.

Click the button below and fill out the checkout pop-up form. You can reserve your spot with the minimum deposit ($249).  You will receive an email regarding final payment approximately 2-3 weeks out from camp.

 

SPOTS ARE LIMITED TO 18 CATCHERS SO SIGN UP NOW.

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