1st Annual

Catcher CON

Dec 11 - 13 2015     /     Nashville, TN     /     8 Speakers

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Expert Coaches

This is unlike any convention you've ever been too.  Catcher CON is a gathering of 8 of the most respected catching coaches in the country.


This is a great opportunity to spend an entire weekend around some of the best catching coaches in the country!  There has never been an event like this before!

The City

If you don't have a good time in Music City you're doing something wrong!  Enjoy one of the South's finest cities during this weekend full of catching.

Agenda At A Glance

Day 1: Registration, Opening Remarks, Meet & Greet

06:00 — 08:00          Registration (Knoxville Room)

08:00 — 08:15          Opening Remarks

08:15 — 10:00           Meet & Greet

Day 2: Clinic Speakers

8:00 — 9:15            Session 1: Tom Griffin, Blocking Mechanics and Drills

9:30 — 10:45          Session 2: Rob Bowen, The Mental Side of Catching

11:00 — 12:15          Session 3: Xan Barksdale, Blueprint for Coaching Catchers

1 Hour Intermission And Lunch Break

1:15 — 2:30           Session 4: Jerry Weinstein, Advanced Receiving Concepts

2:45 — 4:00          Session 5: Tanner Swanson, D1 Catching Drills

4:15 — 5:30           Session 6: Jay Weaver, Throwing Drills and Mechanics

5:45 — 7:00          Session 7: Greg Robins, Strength Training, Flexibility, and Mobility

7:15 — 8:30          Session 8: Jerry Weinstein, Pitch Calling

8:30 — 9:00        Closing Remarks

Day 3: Roundtable Discussion

9:00 — 10:45            Roundtable Discussion with All Speakers

10:45 — 11:00           Closing Ceremonies


Meet The Speakers

Jerry Weinstein, Colorado Rockies

2 Presentations: Calling Pitches, and Advanced Receiving Techniques

Jerry has been the Brewers catching coordinator, managed for the Expos, Cubs, and for the Rockies in the California League.  He also was catching coordinator for the Dodgers and later Director of Player Development for the Dodgers.  He is currently the Major League catching coach for the Rockies.  Jerry is a member of the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame, the Sacramento City College Athletic Hall of Fame, the ABCA Hall of Fame and the La Salle Club Coaches Hall of Fame .

Xan Barksdale, Catching-101.com

Blueprint for Coaching Catchers

Xan Barksdale spent 5 years as catching coach at the University of Louisville and 4 years at East Tennessee State University.  However, he is most notably recognized for the development of Catching-101.com, his best selling book Catching-101: The Complete Guide for Baseball Catchers, and Catching-101 DVD, along with numerous other products, and catching apps.  He has also been a featured speaker at the ABCA National Convention and other national baseball clinics.  Xan is also in the Holmes Community College Hall of Fame.

Rob Bowen, Red Alert Baseball, Former MLB Player

Catching Mentality at the MLB Level

Rob is a former Switch-Hitting Major League Catcher that played for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and the Oakland Athletics.  He spent 10 years in professional baseball including 5 seasons in the MLB.  Rob broke into the big leagues at 22 years old and also had the opportunity to play with the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres in the post season.  After playing with and against some of the games best players and future Hall of Famers, Rob has amassed an enormous amount of knowledge along the way.

Tom Griffin, Head Coach Carson Newman University

Drills and Fundamentals of Blocking

Tom Griffin is one of the greatest catching minds in college baseball.  He has been a featured speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association National Convention multiple times.  His catching DVD: Catch it, Block it, Throw it is one of the best DVDs on the market.  With over 27 total years in coaching, he is in his 11th year as head coach at Carson Newman University.

Tanner Swanson, Catching Coach University of Washington

D1 Catching Drills

Tanner is in his second season as catching coach at the University of Washington.  He is regarded as one of the top rising catching coaches in the country.  Tanner mentored Austin Rei to be a 3rd round pick in the MLB draft (the highest drafted catcher in UW history).  Swanson also runs one of the most popular catching accounts on Twitter, @D1Catching.

Jay Weaver, New England Catching Camp

Throwing Drills and Mechanics

Jay is the Director of the New England Catching Camp, one of the largest and most popular catching camps across the country.  He is also an associate scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Jay has spoken multiple times at the World Baseball/Softball Coaches Convention.  He has written articles for Baseball Digest and is also a former editor at ESPN.com.

Greg Robins, Cressey Sports Performance

Strength Training and Conditioning for Catchers

Greg Robins is a strength and conditioning coach at Cressey Sports Performance.  He is a former collegiate catcher and currently trains professional catchers.  He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (Pn1), and a Certified Kettlebell Instructor (RKC).  He has been featured in Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Elite FTS, and his writing can be found on numerous other blog’s.


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600 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

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Catcher Con is a convention for catchers, coaches, and parents of catchers who want to learn from 8 of the top catching coaches in all of baseball.

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