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Youth baseball and softball experts have identified the three fundamental skills that must be mastered for a hitter to achieve their potential: Pitch Recognition, Swing Timing, and Biomechanics. 1. Pitch Recognition: Swing at the right pitch A hitter typically has just 150 milliseconds to decide whether to swing at a pitch. This doesn’t allow for conscious, rational decision-making. Instead, the hitter must make an instinctive decision guided by the brain’s subcortical structures. Try these tools to improve your child’s instinctive
Can you smell it in the air? The pumpkin spiced lattes have started to make their way back into our lives, which can only mean that the days and nights filled with peppermint canes, hot chocolate, and bright lights are almost here. No matter what you may celebrate, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, or even just the exciting deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the season of the gift has arrived. And with it comes an important question. Have you started thinking about the perfect gift for those special people in your life? While it’s easy enough to put $100
The Lady Dukes take training to the next level with WIN Reality Nationwide partnership. WIN Reality’s VR batting app will improve player performance throughout the organization while creating tighter bonds between teammates and coaches in-season and off. AUSTIN (August 1, 2022) – This month, WIN Reality has partnered with The Lady Dukes softball travel organization to launch a revolutionary new product specifically built for organizations to allow interactive team practices in the virtual world. This product gives coaches the ability to create customized practice plans built around real game-speed pitches for their teams while tracking individual progress across each team
Over the last few years, you’ve likely heard the term “Pitch Tunneling” during a broadcast, or seen it mentioned online. The concept itself isn’t new, and is something that great pitchers like Greg Maddux instinctively understood before it had a name. Developments in high-speed cameras, virtual reality, big data, and 3D modeling, have made it possible to visualize pitch tunneling (from the perspectives of the pitcher and hitter), and understand its effects. In 2017, after more than two years of work, Baseball Prospectus unveiled their research on what they termed pitch tunneling, and introduced it to the greater baseball community.
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Since baseball began, undoubtedly its most difficult training challenge has been replicating in-game pitching conditions for hitters to practice against. Pitching is a scarce resource that is too valuable to waste on batting practice. Consequently, as players we practice against coaches throwing 50% of game speed, take “simulated” at-bats against teammates in scrimmages, and try to stay fresh at local batting cages. All the while doing this, we hope that it will transfer to helping us in actual game environments. While some of us may look great at our local batting cages, or against our coach’s lazily tossed batting practice,