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.

How to face a deceptive pitcher

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 Catch Up To HIGH HEAT

If you’re having trouble catching up to the fastball, ESPECIALLY the HIGH HEAT, it’s probably because of two things.

  1. You’re not starting your load early enough. - Often times a hitter runs into trouble when they get to the point of contact too late because the'y’ve initiated their speration and stride way to late.

  2. You have too much head movement - When the head moves the eyes moves. If you wanna make 90 mph look like 85mph, slow your feet and head down. If you wanna make 90 mph look like 95 mph…speed your feed up.

Here’s what you need to be thinking about.

How to recognize the curveball.

You spend hours in the cage making sure you're driving the fastball with calmness, toughness, and focus.

You work on hitting for a little more pop.

You work on driving the ball to the opposite field.

You're ready because you put in the work.

You're confident because you feel prepared.

The game starts...

...whoops!

You're facing a guy who pitches off of his breaking pitch.

He starts at-bats off with a curve-ball.

He throws one in a 2-0 count.

3 Steps To Better Pitch Recognition.

Begin your Pitch Recognition & Vision Training w/ 30% off an annual membership here!

Many players get themselves into trouble at the plate because they’re simply not ready to hit.

They step in the batter’s box thinking, “if it’s a strike, I’m going to swing” instead “it’s going to be a strike right down the plate and I’m going to be ready”.

Hunting The Fast-Ball

Begin your Pitch Recognition & Vision Training w/ 30% off an annual membership here!

Many players get themselves into trouble at the plate because they’re simply not ready to hit.

They step in the batter’s box thinking, “if it’s a strike, I’m going to swing” instead “it’s going to be a strike right down the plate and I’m going to be ready”.

Dr. Len Zaichkowski talks about the Myths of Kids and Sports

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Youth sports in America is a 15 billion dollar industry. A lot of that money is going towards special coaching and training and participation in elite travel teams. Parents spend an enormous amount of money and time on their kids’ involvement in sports, hoping the investment will pay off in accolades, college scholarships, and even the chance to play professionally. But my guests today argue that all that special coaching you’re spending money on probably isn’t doing much to turn your kid into an superstar.

Listen to the podcast

The Ultimate Playmaker – Relying on Cognitive Development in Baseball

Mark Newman has watched a lot of baseball but he had never seen anything like this. “Over the twenty-six years, I was with the Yankees, we trained shortstops, at every level in the organization, to be there on that play,” Newman, the team’s recently retired senior vice president of player development, said in an engaging conversation. “[Derek Jeter] was. Many others weren’t. I’m not sure if he was trained any differently than the other twenty-five shortstops. His ability to pay attention, be in the moment, and respond to his environment was superior. That play’s an example of it.”