Elite Fastpitch Advanced Catcher Course

Catcher Training- Below you will find two options for catcher training.
Option #1- Catcher Classes or, Option #2- Advanced Catcher Clinic

Option # 1 Catcher Class (September through March Only)
General Information, Catchers learn & improve the basic mental and physical skills of catching. For the 14th year, Tom Besser will run classes for catchers in one (6 hour) blocks of instruction. The cost is $135. He has coached 4 college teams from D1 through Junior College, from Head Coach to Pitching Coach. He has also coached pitchers at Women’s Professional level. As a pitch caller, he has called over 300 college games. He has trained over 4000 pitchers and over 200 college pitchers, coached 20 All American Pitchers / Catcher selections, coached 100+ All State HS Catchers / Pitchers in (NJ, PA, DE & NY) in last 12 years.

Who will be trained- Catchers & coaches desiring to be trained in the position of catcher. Catchers (any age) will be placed in groups to train & preform all standard positional tasks expected of travel and college level catchers. Note- Obviously, a 10U and an 18U will execute these tasks at different speeds and levels of proficiency however, the instruction remains the same. Coaches will be placed in a position to observe (and or be hands on if they desire).

What will be trained- Physical tasks include- Receiving, framing, signals, stances, blocking, pass balls/wild pitches, fielding bunts, snap throws 1st and 3rd, throws to 2nd, basic pitch calling, organizing communication and signals, evaluating hitters and more.

Cost of training- $135.00 per catcher, $100.00 per coach.

Option #2- Advanced Catcher Clinic (March through May Only)
General Information, Catchers improve your team’s runs against numbers immediately.
For the 14th year, Tom Besser will run classes for catchers in one (3 hour) block of instruction. He has coached 4 college teams from D1 through Junior College, from Head Coach to Pitching Coach. He has also coached pitchers at Women’s Professional level. As a pitch caller, he has called over 250 college games. He has trained over 4000pitchers and over 200 college pitchers, coached 20 All American Pitchers / Catcher selections, coached 100+ All State HS Catchers / Pitchers in (NJ, PA, DE & NY) in last 12 years.

Who will be trained- Catchers desiring to be trained in the science of pitch calling and the art of managing pitchers & catchers. Catchers (any age) will be placed in groups of 5 catchers. Note College Coaches & Catchers may request separate classes).

What will be trained- Evaluating pitchers, pitch calling, organizing communication and signals / pitch calling communications, managing pitchers, training the battery (pitchers / catchers), evaluating hitters, setting defenses (training the integrated defense), using (velocity, movement & location) and more.

Where will training take place- The Besser house in Tabernacle, NJ. (Pool side when the weather is warmer)

When will training take place- A group of 5 catchers / coaches will attend one (3 hour) block of instruction. Choose from the following dates.
Group 1- Monday March 21 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM (5 Openings)
Group 2- Friday March 25 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM (5 Openings)
Group 3- Thursday March 31 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM (5 Openings)
Group 4- Tuesday April 5 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM (5 Openings)
Group 5- Tuesday April 12 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM (5 Openings)

Cost of training- $100.00 per catcher w/(one pitcher or one parent free).

Note to Parents and Coaches- Each catcher may bring one person with them. It may be your pitcher or it may be your parent. This course is different than the coach version. If you are a coach, that is the correct version for you (see Coaches Clinic).