Catching A Ball - A Coaches Guide.

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A coaches role is very important when coaching players, how to catch a ball. Catching a ball can appear easy, to some but, very difficult to others. The difference could be the players natural ability or it could be down to confidence.

The coach will need to quickly decide which it is for each player. It is nonsense to keep giving the player hard catches, which you predict they will drop. It would be far better to go back to basics and build their confidence up from scratch.

Whether it is catching Rugby Balls, Cricket Balls, Netballs, Basketballs or Korfballs, the skill needs to be learnt. Being put under pressure from the start, will not help the player to catch the ball. They will already feel under pressure from the coach, fellow players and themselves that 9 times out of 10 the player will fail.

It is of course pressure that is self inflicted. As a coach, your prime motivation is to see players improve and succeed, giving them balls they are likely to drop may actually turn them away from the game, eventually.

We had a player that had joined us from another club, he could not catch a Cricket Ball to save his life. I soon spotted, that he was hanging back when we had catching practice. When it was his turn, you could see he was scared, not of the ball but, he was scared of dropping the ball. I then took him and a few of the others aside to give them extra catching practice.

I took them back to basics. I would give them some easy balls to start with, so they could catch the ball and start get hem to start to get used to experience a bit of success. I knew they would improve over the next 4 weeks so, I gradually increased the intensity and difficulty of the catches.

Guess what.......he is now our best catcher in the team. By the end of the season his confidence had grown so much that he was taking catches on the run, catches that other players in the team would never get near.

So, try to give your player time. Get one of the coaches to try to build the confidence up again by going back to, the basics of catching. Coaching is about recognising the ability of a player and pitching the level of training, at a level, suitable,  for that player.

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