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 maybe you just get incredibly excited by the deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the season of the gift has arrived.
And with it, 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 on a gift card and call it a day, now more than ever, it’s important to go the extra mile and find something that truly connects with the person you’re buying for, and to give them something that has their name plastered all over it. While that can be a tricky proposition for anyone, it can be particularly difficult if you’re shopping for a baseball or softball player.
A simple google search of “best gift for baseball and softball players”, “baseball gifts”, “softball gifts” and hundreds of other iterations will send you down the rabbit hole with nearly half a billion results, and nobody has time for that. Thankfully, and to make life easier, WIN Reality is here to help in your search for the perfect gift for the baseball or softball player in your life; and for a number of reasons, our membership is by far the best gift you’ll find.
There’s no getting around the elephant in the room, so instead, let’s just get straight to the point; playing baseball or softball is downright expensive, especially so for those just getting starting on their playing careers. Interested in buying a new bat that the best kids in the league are swinging? Be ready to spend between $300-$500. Maybe a new glove that’s used by baseball’s best instead? That’s going to cost you anywhere from $300-$400; and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with either of those price points, purchasing them won’t address a real problem.
Buying the best bat in the world won’t make you a better hitter, and a new glove won’t turn you into a gold glove caliber fielder. Think of it this way, if you were just starting to learn how to play the violin, would you immediately go out an purchase one retailing for $9,000? No. You’d start with one you could learn the ropes on and get comfortable with at a cheaper price point. That’s where WIN Reality comes in.
For just $29/mo, or $228/yr, a WIN Reality membership comes with access to 9 unique drills, an ever growing library of thousands of real pitchers, all throwing with real velocity and real movement, and unlimited reps. Also included in every membership? 3 unique profiles, so if you have more than one athlete in the family, they can all join in at no extra cost. At a batting cage, for $29, you’d be lucky to be able to take 100 swings, and worse still, you’ll see the same pitch type, at the same velocity, to the same location, over, and over, and over, and over…you get it. And chances are, the ball will get stuck in the feeding tube, multiple pitches will be thrown at you at the same time, and you’ll walk away feeling like you didn’t actually get any better, or learn anything about your swing. For all of the reasons above, it’s clear why WIN Reality is the best gift for baseball and softball players.
With WIN Reality, not only can you see 100 pitches in less than 15 minutes, but you’ll see different pitch types, at different velocities, to various locations all across the strike zone, just as you would in a real game situation. And better still, you don’t have to leave your house, you don’t have to be worried about fixing the pitch delivery system, and you’ll always leave your training session feeling like you improved, and knowing where there’s still work to be done. On top of all that? With our library of real pitchers in our virtual reality environment ranging from the 8U competition level, all the way to the pros…
Players Can’t Outgrow WIN Reality
Another reason why shopping for kids, regardless of their love for baseball or softball, is tricky, they won’t stop growing! Maybe you’re thinking about getting a jersey of their favorite player, and while that will certainly be a big hit when they open it, you better be prepared to get the next size up when 2022 rolls around!
The same can be said about that expensive bat or glove. It’s just tough to make a commitment to anything with such a short shelf life. Think of all the bats, gloves, batting gloves, cleats, and workout gear you’ve personally gone through over the years. But with WIN Reality, players simply never age out or grow past what our virtual reality training environment can offer. With a specifically designed youth field for our younger players, and pitchers throwing as low as 30 mph in our 8U category, little leaguers just getting started have their very own environment to train in. For softball players, we’ve built them their very own stadium to practice in. And last but not least, for those facing higher levels of baseball competition pitching from 60 feet 6 inches, you’ll be placed in a professional ballpark and have the ability to see unlimited pitches with velocity topping out at 100mph.
At its core, this is the beauty of WIN Reality. The player gets to choose how they prepare, and how quickly they want to challenge themselves with more advanced levels of competition.
For players that feel they’ve outgrown their age bracket in the real world but don’t have the ability to move into a higher level until the next season or the next calendar year, they have the chance to train in WIN Reality against the pitchers that they’ll be facing when they do graduate. So that they can get up to speed and gain confidence against higher velocity pitches with more movement. So they can feel like they’ve seen every pitch, from every pitcher, and be ready to come through in clutch moments, and never feel overmatched. This factor alone is more than enough to show why WIN Reality is the best gift for baseball and softball players, and we haven’t even mentioned that you get your own personal player development coordinator yet.
Meet your personal coach
Another aspect of the baseball and softball world that can become incredibly expensive; private coaching lessons. While we’re by no means suggesting that personal coaching doesn’t work (that would be a ludicrous statement), it’s just a fact that the dollars add up quickly. For higher end coaching sessions, the price tags can range from $50 to upwards of $100 for just a 30 minute session. Even just two sessions a month, over the course of a full year will rack up an expense charge between $1200 and $2400, for just 12 hours of coaching.
With WIN Reality however, there’s no extra charge for access to your very own player development coordinator, it’s just part of your membership. Not only will you be getting someone who can help answer anything about the VR training itself, but also someone that’s rooting for your success, day in and day out. Someone that’s been exactly where you are, and experienced all the emotions that our sports have to offer. The joy of hitting a walk off home run, to closing out the College World Series. From winning championships at the highest levels, to being relegated to the bench. No matter where you or your loved one is in their baseball or softball journey, you can be sure we’ve been in the same shoes.
From the moment you sign up, you’ll be contacted by your coach, who will monitor your progress, be ready to help answer any and all questions about WIN Reality, and even customize training programs to directly what you need. If you’re struggling against specific pitch types in games, let us know. Getting ready to face a tall right hander throwing with more velocity than you’re used to, or a crafty left hander with an elite breaking pitch? Just let your player development coordinator know, and they’ll get to work with our data science team to build drills unique to you, all with one goal in mind; to unleash your inner greatness and prepare you to dominate the competition. Above all else though, there’s one last thing that WIN Reality provides our member athletes…
Interested in WIN Reality?
At the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters. Does what you’re purchasing have its intended impact? Or in the words of Marie Kondo, does it bring you joy? With WIN Reality, there’s no room for doubt, our players get better when they train with us. There’s a reason why over 20 MLB teams, 150 D1 programs, and ever growing number of personal players have turned to our virtual reality training programs; it works. But don’t just take our word for it, just look at the data, and the success stories we’ve been fortunate enough to play a part in.
“I was facing Ryan Helsley, one of our relievers. And he threw a pitch to me in the virtual reality [system] before I faced him, a fastball up and in that ran a little bit like a two seam fastball. A couple pitches later, he threw a fastball down and away, and it cut. I remember going to the ballpark [thinking], ‘Alright, let’s see what happens’, and I faced him, and sure enough, one of his fastballs was up and in and ran a little bit and jammed me, and then my next at-bat he threw one down and away and it cut a little bit. I walked out of the cage and told our hitting coach, ‘that’s amazing, the [VR] is very realistic.'”
Goldschmidt also used WIN Reality to his advantage during the 2020 season when the St. Louis Cardinals were quarantined due to a Covid outbreak within the organization. While his teammates were confined to a hotel room for two weeks with nothing at their disposal, Goldschmidt was still seeing pitches, more than an entire season’s worth. During this stretch of time, Goldschmidt simulated 3,096 pitches, and once the Cardinals were cleared to play, he immediately hit .359/.512/.547, a clear sign he was prepared better than most.
“I find it’s as real as it can get without actually being there. It’s incredible. They have every single pitch that every pitcher throws. Their data is unbelievable. The clarity is precise and you can put it at different fields and different backdrops. It’s spectacular. It’s the best way to keep your timing because you can’t [practice against] live pitching. WIN has legitimately helped me understand when I need to start my swing, when I need to start my load, and it’s been a huge tool for me. That’s as good as it gets.”
For Yastrzemski, preparing in this manner helped him cement his status as one of baseball’s best outfielders, and cemented his status as an everyday player within the San Francisco organization. After his breakout 2019 season, Yastrzemski followed it up with an even better 2020 campaign, hitting .297/.400/.568, a line that certainly would have sent him to the All-Star Game in a normal year. While we could go on and on about our successes at the big league level, it’s the stories we hear from the lower levels in little league and high school that bring us the most joy.
WIN Reality has a lot to get excited about. To be able to turn your bedroom, living room, or garage into your own personal batting cage and practice session; to select from an ever growing library that already has thousands of pitchers to choose from, throwing from every arm angle, with every pitch, and velocities of 30-to-100mph; to transport into a youth field, a softball diamond, or a pro stadium; to have access to a personal player development coordinator to help analyze your results, understand your goals, and build custom training programs. And with a proven history of success from little league all the way to big league MVP’s, there’s a reason why WIN Reality is the best gift for baseball and softball players.
While numbers are what everyone rushes to check, whether it be an increase in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, home run count, or another offensive metric of your choosing, there’s something else that WIN Reality provides that isn’t tangible, and can’t be measured; increased confidence. In the worlds of baseball and softball, those who’ve played the game long enough understand that confidence is paramount. After all, it’s just like Yogi Berra said,
“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”
Walking up to the plate with a clear mind, and a belief in themselves can often times be enough to push you over the edge; to get that walk to keep the inning alive; to line that base hit just out of reach of the shortstop; or even better, to hit that walk-off home run to seal the game for you and your teammates. WIN Reality provides what everyone is searching for; a competitive edge, so that when their moment comes, they’ll be ready. So for this holiday season, when the time comes to start shopping, you’ll know that the best gift for baseball and softball players is WIN Reality.