"Tis the Season"
From all of us here at the New England Catching Camp, let me first wish everyone a very happy holiday season!
For 2014's last Tip of the Month, I wanted to focus once again on how important it is to utilize the time you have during these Winter months to work on the things you've identified to be weaknesses.
This is the time of the year for us to take a really hard look in the mirror and come up with a New Year's resolution for what we plan to do to better ourselves as catchers.
During a recent conversation with a student of mine, it was clear that this catcher had not been putting in the work necessary to reach the goals they had set for themselves. Mostly because this particular student possessed some of the greatest natural athleticism I have ever seen. This student really never had to work for it before. They were always able to "get by" on their natural talent. Now that they are older, they are starting to notice the level of work that is required, even of the best athletes, to reach their goals.
Catchers, no matter how gifted you are as an athlete, the work you decide to put in this time of the year is really what will lead you to where you want to go in this game. Athleticism is great, but it won't make up for a lack of honed skills. The catchers who spend the time developing the muscle memory for proper mechanics in the Winter will be far more capable behind the plate in the Spring and Summer.
Ask yourself if you are doing enough, and how badly you want to succeed in this game...and then do something about it! After all, 'Tis the season! Thanks for reading this month's Tip of the Month!