There are three positions that catchers need to know and master. These three positions teach catchers the proper body positioning for receiving the ball.
The first is used when giving a hand signal to the pitcher. The catcher should keep their toes and knees pointed towards the pitcher.
The second position is the most relaxed position. It is used when no one is on base and the batter has two strikes or less. Situations like this do not often rely on the catcher to make key plays so they should be more comfortable.
The last position is used when the catcher needs to be in their most athletic position. This athletic position will set the catcher up to make plays and is often used when the batter has two strikes or there is a runner on third base. The catcher needs to be ready to receive, block, and throw in this position.
To perform a 3 catching position drill, a coach should stand 12-18 feet away and make throws to the catcher. They can call out positions and the catcher can alter their stance to match the position called. The catcher needs to be a wall. They should keep their thumb underneath the ball when receiving.