Objective: To improve the catcher's handling of short hops at the plate.
Setup: One coach is in front of home plate. Another coach is 10 feet from home plate acting as a runner coming from third. The catcher is in defensive position. One bucket of balls is placed by the coach.
Directions: the coach will throw short hop throws from all areas of the infield to the catcher. The catcher will work to handle the short hops and then lay the tag on the coach coming into home from third base.
Coaching Information: The coach acting as the base runner should check the balance of the catcher when the tag is applied. This can be done by pushing on the catcher after the catch.
Note: Full protective gear should be worn by the catcher when in the defensive position.