CORE SOFTBALL TRAINING: gameSense Improving Pitch Recognition

Pitch recognition is one of the hardest things to develop in players. The question is; how does gameSense make the process easier? Fadde explains how “the only way to develop pitch recognition is to see thousands of pitches. Chances to practice off real pitchers of equal or better quality are hard to come by. It’s a lot to expect players to “work on it” in the game. Being able to practice “reading” thousands of pitches on video is a lot easier. It can be done on the phone, in the car, lots of places.”

Sportstechie Highlights gameSense Sports Pitch-IQ

gameSense Sports continues to gain recognition in the sports world.

The oft-told standard in baseball is that a 90-mile-per-hour fastball takes four-tenths of a second to reach home plate and, because the act of swinging a bat takes about half the time, a hitter must identify the pitch, its expected location and decide what to do in about 0.2 seconds. Those numbers seem small and impossibly fast, but one can hardly appreciate the reality until seeing a pitcher enter his windup, release the ball and then for the video to stop at the juncture when a decision must be made.

That is the premise behind the work of gameSense, which draws on research that began in the late 1970s into anticipatory behavior based on early visual cues, showing a clear distinction between the abilities of experts and novices at quick-reaction tasks.

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Big Data and gameSense Pitch Recognition in College Baseball

Tigers head coach Steve Bieser was introduced to Dr. Peter Fadde's product during his tenure at Southeast Missouri State University by hitting coach Dillon Lawson. The pair had embraced a "Moneyball" mentality in other ways -- using sabermetric measures like runs created and weighted on-base average to build lineups -- and their investment in plate-approach paid off.