Softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, enhanced performance
PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN VEPT
by: Frank J. Spaniol, Professor, Sport Science
Unpublished survey (10/10/2011)
PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN VIZUAL EDGE PERFORMANCE TRAINING (VEPT)
Frank J. Spaniol, Professor, Sport Science
Department of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes and perceptions of college softball players that participated in Vizual Edge Performance Training (VEPT), a software program designed to enhance visual skills. During the 2011 softball season, fifteen female subjects from the Kishwaukee College intercollegiate softball team completed a seventeen question Likert-scale survey, which examined the perceived effectiveness of VEPT. The participants averaged two training sessions per week for approximately 15 minutes per session for a period of 16 weeks. Results from the survey indicated that 100 percent of the subjects agreed or strongly agreed that visual skills play an important role in softball performance, while 87% believed that VEPT actually enhanced those skills (13% were undecided due to limited training time). In addition, 73% believed that VEPT improved their performance during this study and it took an average of 2.5 weeks for them to notice such improvements. As a group, 79% believed that VEPT increased their ability to “focus”, 74% felt the visual practice improved their concentration, and 73% agreed the training augmented their ability to “see” the ball. In addition, 33% reported more consistency, 67% believed batting results increased, 66% felt their fielding improved, and 67% reported superior balance. Overall, the results of this survey indicate that a significant number of college softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, which they felt translated into enhanced performance.