Catching Coach

CBT Mission Statement:
CBT,LLC is committed to player development by focusing on proper technique, precision, and consistency, and instilling core baseball principles that transcend the field of play.

Chris Netwall is the owner of CBT, LLC and provides instruction in Northern Virginia for batting and the underserved position of catcher. His baseball career has spanned 35 years over many different levels. He was a four year starting catcher at Penn State University from 1998-2001, where he still holds record positions for many fielding and batting categories. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 32nd round of the 2000 MLB draft, but opted to return to Penn State to finish his senior year. Chris was then selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2001 MLB draft, where he played for 3 seasons before suffering a career-ending injury. He played with the New Jersey Cardinals (short-season A, New York-Penn League) in 2001, the Peoria Chiefs (low-A, Midwest League) and Potomac Cannons (high-A, Carolina League) in 2002, and the Palm Beach Cardinals (high-A, Florida State League) and Tennessee Smokies (AA, Southern League) in 2003. He continues playing recreational baseball for the Senators in the Industrial League of Northern Virginia.
Chris has continued his interest in and love of baseball following his professional career by providing independent private and group instruction over the past 15 years. He has worked with players of various ages and different organizations, baseball and softball, and most recently has been serving as the roving catching instructor for the Arlington Sage Travel Softball and the Arlington Storm Travel Baseball programs. Many of his students have and are continuing their success through their respective high school programs.

He is certified for safe coaching and abuse awareness through USA Baseball, and certified for Youth Baseball Coaching through Babe Ruth Baseball. His interactive, inclusive, and fun style encourages his students to challenge themselves to become better, and helps develop their genuine interest in the position and game. Parents are always welcome to listen and participate, so the learning can continue beyond the formal instructive phase.

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