Coach Gehrer got started holding catchers camps in the winter of 1985. A youth coach called and said he wanted his catchers to catch like Coach Gehrer's. Coach put on a clinic for just one team of 3-4 of his catchers. During the camp Coach Gehrer was constantly reminding the boys, “if the balls in the dirt, Just Block It.” Thus the name of the camp. Thirty years later JBI is providing quality instruction for campers of all ages in both baseball and softball. We are extremely proud of the fact that many of our campers have gone on to become great high school catchers, college catchers and even pro players. We are very proud of the fact that eight of our former campers have gone on to catch for the Wichita State Shockers. One of our former coaches Doug Mirabelli went on to catch for the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Redsox. It is our goal to have a camper catch for every school that we hold a clinic at. In 2000 we helped start the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award along with The Greater Wichita Sports Commission. Each year Johnny Bench and the three finalist and our staff hold a catcher’s clinic in Wichita that attracts 100+ campers. Yes, Buster Posey, Kurt Suzuki, Matt Wieters, Yasmani Grandal, and a host of others have all been camp instructors while in Wichita. Johnny Bench is our keynote speaker and instructor each year at the June camp in Wichita.
What We Do
Our camps are instructional in format. We cover all the skills necessary to be a good catcher at all levels from little league, high school to the collegiate level. These skill camps are provided in a positive step by step approach. We strive to teach the right fundamentals which if practiced routinely will make playing the position of catcher a very rewarding experience. Our Slogan is “Proper preparation leads to success”. We not only work on the physical skills needed to play the position but also the mental makeup and preparation necessary to be the quarterback of the baseball/softball team.
What Campers Take With Them
Each camper, parent, and their coaches will leave with a working knowledge of how to drill the skills needed to be a successful catcher. We encourage parents and coaches to attend and learn with their campers. You may video drills if you wish. It’s not just what campers do while they are at camp that will make them better, but what campers do on a routine basis on their own. Each camper receives a camp t-shirt and tons of confidence to go play the position with pride and passion.