What Age Should Catchers Call Pitches?

catching youth baseball May 19, 2022

At what age should youth coaches start to let players call pitches and how to we call pitches as a coaching staff? We love to give our players the freedom of calling pitches during the games but it's important that we discuss situations, counts and how to attack hitters with our pitchers & catchers at practice.

When do we attack hitters? What does it mean to pitch backwards? What is a waste pitch? These are all topics that need to be discussed with our pitchers & catchers so they develop a baseball IQ and better understanding of what and when to throw.

It's a good idea to implement a sign system with your catchers to call pitches or even occasionally call pitches when you feel that it's necessary to throw a certain pitch. Keep it simple! Especially at younger ages, don't over complicate and make things difficult for your catchers.


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