Starters Sports Training and gameSense Sports Team Up to Help Hitters Read Pitches

Starters Sports Training will team up with gameSense Sports to bring pitch recognition software solutions to Starters’ baseball and softball players.

“We are extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Ryan Schwartzman general manager of Starters.  “Pitch recognition can be difficult to teach.  During a game a player might get 2 to 4 plate appearances of which they might see a handful of pitches.  With gameSense players will be able to see and get feedback on over 50 plate appearances in 15 to 30 minutes of time.”

Founded by internationally renowned sports performance neuroscientists, gameSense cutting-edge technology is based on decades of proven brain research.  gameSense programs are designed to enhance an athlete’s ability to make faster and better in-game decisions. Developing this edge can be the difference between making the travel team, winning a state championship or earning a college scholarship.  Additional detail can be found on the company’s website: gameSense Sports.

Starters will now incorporate gameSense into some of its training programs as part of Starters’ commitment to develop top talent in the Upper Midwest.  Starters strives to provide advanced technological training resources and support to its softball and baseball Club, Academy and Advanced Training members.  Starters coaches will not only evaluate a hitter’s pitch recognition skills, they will train and improve pitch recognition.

“gameSense will be an important tool for Starters’ trainers and athletes. We can boost our player development, talent identification, player monitoring with this high-quality video training platform and the feedback it provides,” said Jeff Thuringer, Co-Founder of Starter Sports Training.

In addition, all coaches at Starters will become gameSense Certified with access to exclusive training content, reporting and analysis through gameSense’s learning management tools. This content will feature exclusive videos of pitchers from every level of play, as well as tips and tricks for using gameSense’s tools to their fullest potential.

“Starters Sports Training’s progressive approach to performance improvement and talent identification, distinguishes it among other academies. In bringing all of the development academies and teams into the gameSense platform, coaches and scouts are able to utilize detailed pitch recognition metrics and skill enhancement to supplement talent identification across an entire season more easily and effectively. gameSense is extremely proud to play its part in what should serve as a model for other academies,” said Tom Pardikes, Ph.D, CEO at gameSense Sports. 

“Starters Sports Training believes in a holistic approach to elite player development and cutting-edge technology for educational and skill development purposes is a key component in that process,” Jeff Thuringer.  “Because at its core it is brain-training, being able to leverage the convenience of a mobile device (can be used on or off the field) to develop and improve such a critical skill is a game changer!  The gameSense platform provides players, coaches, and scouts opportunities to continually assess and improve a player’s performance.” 

Learn more about gameSense Sports  and Starters Sports Training.

Published: Aug 28, 2019

How To Hit The Change-Up

How To Hit The Change-Up

It’s game day. You show up the field.

Pregame B.P. Done.

Pre-Game Warm Up. Done.

Go back to the club house. Put on the game uniform.

Now you’re in the dugout. You look at the line-up.

You’re not hitting in the spot you notmally hit.

You’re not playing the position you normally play.

Absorb The Unexpected

Absorb The Unexpected

It’s game day. You show up the field.

Pregame B.P. Done.

Pre-Game Warm Up. Done.

Go back to the club house. Put on the game uniform.

Now you’re in the dugout. You look at the line-up.

You’re not hitting in the spot you notmally hit.

You’re not playing the position you normally play.

Tech Makes Baseball a Simple Game: You See the Ball, You Hit the Ball, You Got It?

Growing up on Long Island, about 25 miles east of New York City, Eugene Bleecker took 10 years of lessons at a local baseball camp. He went on to play college baseball, catching for four Division II, NAIA, and NJCAA schools over five years with what he calls “very old-school” mechanics. When he started his coaching career, Bleecker taught the same drills and preached the same philosophies that he had learned in his youth.

Be a Gamer.

Be a Gamer.

Popping out in foul territory. Striking out looking. Swinging and missing on a hanging breaking ball. Being late on an 0-2 fastball…

…these are hands down some of the worst feelings in baseball, for hitters.

Occlusion vs Full View Pitch Recognition Training For Ballplayers

Occlusion vs Full View Pitch Recognition Training For Ballplayers

Why is it that when a hitter struggles, the first thing we do is try to change the swing, approach or bat? How often do we ask, “are you SEEING the ball effectively?”

If you’re not seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand, you’re shootin yourself in the foot. When you’re confident, you’re seeing the ball well.

Hitting is about confidence, so let’s make sure we have a plan to pick up the pitch effectively.

Take a peek at the occlusion training. Anticipate the pitch. Pick ball or strike, type of pitch THEN check to see if you’re right with the full version REPLAY.

How To Break Back Into The Line-Up. Be A Barell Guy. Tips From Coach Mongero

How To Break Back Into The Line-Up. Be A Barell Guy. Tips From Coach Mongero

When you’re trying to work yourself into the line-up, there are a few things you can do.

One of them is playing good defense.

A good glove keeps you in the line-up and on the field.

But there are a few other things that a hitter can leverage to give themselves a chance to contrinute more to the team.

Coach Mongero lays it out in about 20 seconds in this video.

The Hit Station - A new pitch recognition & baseball vision training by gameSense

The Hit Station - A new pitch recognition & baseball vision training by gameSense

Hitting is a split second decision period.

You have to recognize pitch type, ball or a strike, react accordingly and THEN hope that your mechanics are on point and your approach is correct.

No wonder hitting is the hardest thing to do in all of sports.

And like our boy Steve Springer says:

"Baseball is the biggest self-esteem destroying sport in the world" - Steve Springer

We agree.

This is why hitters are using every tool and advantage to gain that edge.

This is also why we're excited to launch the HIT STATION.

Our newest gameSense pitch recognition training feature.

When you log in and click on Hit Station, you'll be presented with a simulation pitch sequence.

You anticipate the type of pitch, ball or strike and then receive direct feedback.

It's a perfect way to incorporate it into your actual batting practice session with a bat in your hand.

gameSense in action - Hit Stations, Game Simulation & Pitch Recognition Reps

gameSense in action - Hit Stations, Game Simulation & Pitch Recognition Reps

We put hours in the cage to refine the swing.

We put hours in the gym to develop explosive power and bat-speed.

We get the pitch recognition part right, the refined swing and the explosive power translate better.

Period.

This is why hitting instructors, top baseball programs and the individual player who’s willing to take their development as a hitter in their own hands are taking their vision skills and pitch recognition training to a whole new level.

Come take a look and see how some of these players are utilizing the training as part of their hitting stations during B.P.

3 MAIN parts of a GREAT hitter.

3 MAIN parts of a GREAT hitter.

Coach Trent Mongero @trentmongero (Founder of Winning Baseball & Dirt Bros) shares his 3 main pillars of being a solid hitter, what it looks like and what we should work on if there are weaknesses in our skills and approach.

”As the game speeds up, we have to be able to reognize quality pitches. We have to swing at strikes.”

He has a growing Youtube Channel that you should definitely subscribe to as well.

In this video, he's going to share strategies that professionals use to see the ball as early as possible.

Out of the 3 main pillars, what would you say you need to work on?

Trent Mongero Shares Pitch Recognition Tip

Trent Mongero Shares Pitch Recognition Tip

So you wanna see the ball better, eh?

No, seriously...do you? I mean I know you signed up to the newsletter to train your pitch recognition but it's early and a humpday sooo...just askin.

Yes? Okay sweet. We have just the thing for you.

Coach Trent Mongero, Founder of Winning Baseball & Dirt Bros) break down his process of seeing the ball as best as possible.

Coach Mongero is a true expert, loves teaching what he knows, always prepared to learn more...

...and seriously, it shows.

He has a growing Youtube Channel that you should definitely subscribe to as well.

In this video, he's going to share strategies that professionals use to see the ball as early as possible.

You'll learn about the importance of leveraging the soft focus & relaxation.

Training perceptual-cognitive skills in sports using technology by gameSense's own Dr. Peter Fadde and Dr. Len Zaichkowsky

Click for Link to the Article

Click for Link to the Article

Ballistically reactive sports performances such as blocking a soccer or hockey shot-on-goal, returning a tennis serve, and hitting a pitched baseball or bowled cricket ball depend upon anticipating an opponent’s action. Sport science researchers have found that expert performers in many sports use superior perceptual-cognitive skills to recognize patterns in opponents’ actions, thereby priming rapid response selection and motor execution. Researchers have developed technologies and methods for measuring perceptual-cognitive skills that can also be used to improve these skills. After decades of research, technologies are now appearing as viable training products that coaches and sport psychologists can use with athletes. This article describes technologies such as visual occlusion, virtual reality, and 3D multiple object tracking for training perceptual-cognitive sport skills.

Team Pitch Recognition & Training

Facing a guy who's gangly, throws from the side, hides the ball well, varies their release points from one pitch to the next...

....they're no fun.

The only thing you can really do is to try slowing the game down by slowing down your feet and quieting your head.

Easier said than done. Sure but here's exactly how to do it.

Missouri Head Coach Steve Bieser on team's success using the gameSense Pitch Recognition Program.

Missouri Head Coach Steve Bieser on team's success using the gameSense Pitch Recognition Program.

Facing a guy who's gangly, throws from the side, hides the ball well, varies their release points from one pitch to the next...

....they're no fun.

The only thing you can really do is to try slowing the game down by slowing down your feet and quieting your head.

Easier said than done. Sure but here's exactly how to do it.

How to recognize pitches quicker. Pitchers are CREATURES of habit.

How to recognize pitches quicker. Pitchers are CREATURES of habit.

Facing a guy who's gangly, throws from the side, hides the ball well, varies their release points from one pitch to the next...

....they're no fun.

The only thing you can really do is to try slowing the game down by slowing down your feet and quieting your head.

Easier said than done. Sure but here's exactly how to do it.