A catcher's job description has three main components: receiving, blocking and throwing. Sure, they must also hit and handle a pitching staff (perhaps calling pitches), but on an individual basis, those are the main three.
In a previous article, I talked about receiving drills. The next step in the progression is blocking. Below are four baseball catcher drills to help you block better. Incorporate these drills into your training, and you'll be controlling the running game without even making a throw.
Too many times a catcher will focus on trying to catch the ball when blocking instead of getting in front of the ball to make the play.
After working on blocking the ball with the previous drill, perform this drill to finish the play.
This drill takes the previous drills and puts them all together. Assume the base runner is attempting to advance on a ball in the dirt.
Typically, all throws go to second, because it is the longest throw to a base. But in a variation, make throws to third base as well. For an increased challenge, have partner call out which base to throw it to, varying the calls so you have to react quickly. If you contain the ball close to your body, your partner may call for a throw to first base to work on throwing behind the runner.
Find more catcher drills on STACK's Baseball Catcher page.