of America. Founder Cory Smith, has inspired countless students to pursue a career in catching. He preaches the “Three Techniques” of catching. (1) Out think the batter and give the appropriate sign. (2) Determine pitch direction and prepare for the worst (ball in dirt). (3) In the event of a ball in the dirt, both knees should immediatley make contact with the ground, use rib protector to block the ball, and hands/mitt if necessary. These techniques have produced many young fundamentally sound catchers. Pudge Rodriguez is a firm believer of Cory Smith’s “Three Techniques”. All applicants are accepted and sent first through an introductory catching clinic, conducted by manager and coaching guru Mike Bright. After completion of the clinic, students are shuttled on the gator bus to the University to work with Cory. There, students spend 4 months training in the “Three Techniques”, and graduate to become world-class catchers. Many graduates give back to the University by donating old catching mitts, masks, shin guards, cups, rib protectors, and insulin. The University of Catching is truly one of the finest baseball institutions in the world.
Mr. Hendrickson: “I believe Cory Smith will be, he stole all the equipment so nobody else could practice, and opened up his own college to teach players to become catchers. It is called the University of Catching.”
KC Coach: “Oh really?”
Mr. Hendrickson: “Yeah, he sleeps in his gear at night.”
KC Coach: “I hope he practices his blocking drills, he wasn’t to good at them last year at tryouts.”
Mr. Hendrickson: “He bought a load of videos to watch, and does his blocking and throw down drills everyday.”
KC Coach: “His new nickname will be Cory “Catch” Smith.”