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Catching is unlike any other position on the field and requires dedicated time, energy, and practice during the off-season to master the craft. Catching School is a 100% baseball & softball catcher focused program designed to develop fundamentally sound, confident catchers with a high baseball IQ.
The Program Focuses on;
Catching stances and positioning
Footwork for throws to each base
Fielding bunts & Blocked balls
Fielding foul balls
Safely tagging runners out at home
Advanced Techniques such as; Calling Games, Managing a Pitching Staff, etc.
Catchers Often Get Lost in the Mix
Unless a Coach played Catcher at a high level, which is quite rare due to the nature of the position, young catchers often get lost in the mix. Not every coach knows how to plan, progress, and instruct the craft of catching in a team environment. There is limited knowledge on drills, errors, correcting techniques, and the general development of an athlete playing this demanding position.
Catchers need a specific coach and Catching School is the ideal program for kids who are intrigued to try the position or for those who are very committed to the position.
The goal is to develop the top catchers in the region in a fun, enjoyable, challenging, and fundamentally sound manner.
Click the link below to reach out and inquire about this program.
Meet Coach Dan Flanick
Dan Flanick is from the Hudson Valley, New York where he grew up playing baseball from the time he could walk to his collegiate career.
As one of the regions top catchers in the late 2000s at Pine Bush High School, the same high school as legendary closer, Joe Nathan, Dan was invited to play for one of the top travel organizations around the country based out of Queens, New York, the Bayside Yankees. Following in the same footsteps as dozens of professionals such as the well known Pedro Alvarez (former 3rd basemen for the Pirates) & Rocco Baldeli (former outfielder for the Rays & current Twins manager) he traveled around the country competing against national caliber talent from every region of America.
As a teenager, his talents led him to being invited to catch off-season bullpen sessions for professionals such as Wade Davis, former closer for the Kansas City Royals.
Summer of his junior year, Dan was offered a scholarship to a Division II school on Long Island, NY where he was a catcher for the Molloy College Lions.
After cutting his collegiate career short due to personal & life circumstances, Dan earned his degree in strength & conditioning.
He worked with athletes, including baseball players, at Cornell University followed by a grad assistantship at Baylor University where he continued his work with elite level athletes.
Once he graduated with his Master’s of Education in Pedagogy (Philosophy of Teaching) in 2015, Dan started his own strength & conditioning business in Nashville, TN before moving back North and starting SkanStrength in 2017.
For the last 10 years and throughout his teenage years, Dan has coached countless young people between the ages of 10-22 in a strength & conditioning and baseball setting.
He is an expert at coaching kids and practices a positive coaching philosophy through which he works to instill a great sense of confidence and self-belief in the youth he works with.
His instructional skills, baseball knowledge and IQ, and shear passion for helping youngsters become confident in their strengths is clear.
Instruction from Dan is filled with lessons that go beyond correct technique and utilize a great deal of sport-psychology to build physically and mentally resilient ball players
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