Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Tag plays and collisions at home plate

March 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Catching, Video Posts

You are probably aware of the new MLB rule that attempts to ban collisions at home plate.  There has been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of the rule and whether it will actually work.  I see validity on both sides but all things considered, I like the rule.

My worry, however, is that catchers of all ages will get a false sense of security because of the new rule.  Some may see the rule as a reason not to be concerned about collisions and therefore fail to correctly prepare for them.

Just because a law/rule is created doesn’t mean that everyone is going to obey it.  If you are catcher, the old adage applies – prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Today’s video is a longer one but an important one as well.  If you are a catcher or work with catchers, be sure to work on these basic mechanics of tag plays and collisions at home plate.  Their careers may depend on it.


  • No matter how well a catcher prepares for a collision, the risk of injury is present.  The mechanics shown in the video are the ideal.  Bad throws, bad hops, general timing issues, and a boat load of other things can all prevent a catcher from preparing in an ideal way.  Catchers just have to do the best they can.
  • I had a few issues uploading this video to YouTube so let me know if you have any trouble watching it.


Next post:  Let them know in advance

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