Train your visual skills to improve your performance.
- Know when to swing
- Know when to throw
- Know where to throw next
- Steal more bases
- Enhance pitch recognition
- Improve fielding skills
- Increase the ball velocity off the bat
- Control the running game
- Locate pitches more consistently
- Improve timing, balance and confidence
Visual skills you need:
- Eye alignment
- Flexibility of eye movements
- Speed of focusing
- Speed of processing visual information
- Reaction time
- Visual concentration
- Visual confidence
Hitting a pitched baseball requires many skills, however you can't hit what you can't see. Players with efficient visual skills have visual confidence at the plate. In order to hit a pitched ball, a player must clearly see the location, motion, and rotation of the ball. Training the speed and efficiency of the two eyes moving together helps players keep their eyes on the ball.
When fielding fly balls, line drives and grounders, players use information from their eyes to react. Visual information influences every player’s decisions on the field based on what the player “sees” happening and their interpretation of the play.
Baseball Teams Using the VEPT
Baseball Vision Performance Testimonials
I have had the opportunity of using and incorporating the Vizual Edge Trainer within my programs. I was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds from 2002-2004 and currently the strength and conditioning coordinator at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.
"As a major league conditioning coordinator responsible for a major league program, minor league system and Latin American academies, you are always looking to find the cutting edge research, software and training techniques, to give your athletes the best chance of success.
"During our research we discovered that a baseball player's vision plays an important part in how well he performs day in and day out. Much like the physical development programs we designed to develop our players strength, speed and quickness, we could now incorporate vision training as part of their training routines.
"The Vizual Edge Program proved to us that visual skills can be taught, trained, practiced and enhanced. The benefits of the program are simple, to provide visual skills and training. The initial evaluation is approximately 30 minutes. The assessment provides a specific profile of the athletes strength and weaknesses. Once the athlete knows his strengths and weaknesses the program can be designed specifically for him. The training sessions usually take 20 to 30 minutes and should be performed at least twice a week.
"We had great success with the program and our athletes looked forward to vision training. I'm in the process of incorporate Vizual Edge into our strength and conditioning programs at St. X. I believe that the younger we can expose our athletes to vision training, the less they will have to compensate with their vision later in their athletic careers.
Strength and Conditioning Coord.
Chase Headley, New York Yankees
I'm Chase Headley, third basemen of the New York Yankees. One of the most important, yet over looked aspects in baseball is vision. I was introduced to the Vizual Edge program while attending the University of TN over six years ago. I was surprised to learn that although i I have better than 20/20 vision there are other important aspects of sight that I needed to and could ultimately improve on.
Vizual Edge is a one of a kind program that focuses on tracking, sight recognition, quick decision making and other important visual skills vital to success in baseball and other sports. I highly recommend the program to players of all ability levels that are looking to take their game to the next level.
third basemen of the New York Yankees
Adam Rosales, San Diego Padres
Hello, my name is Adam Rosales and I play baseball for the San Diego Padres. I was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 and was introduced to the Vizual Edge Program by our player development department that summer in Billings Montana. Over the years I have continued incorporating these crucial eye exercises into my everyday routine.
These eye exercises not only strengthen muscles in my eyes, but more importantly they enhance my level of concentration,confidence, and improve my ability to focus; not only giving me the physical edge on my game but the mental edge as well.
Vizual Edge provides many variations of exercises which replicate real game situations, where you must make quick, accurate and correct decisions. They are very simple and interactive exercises which transfer into great results.
San Diego Padres
University of Denver
This is Dr. Brian Gearity Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.
I want to tell you little bit about the Vizual Edge program. As a former intern strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Indians baseball company, we were one of the first professional baseball team is using the Vizual Edge program. At the time we had success using the program and since then the program is been improved considerably.
The Vizual Edge staff have done a fantastic job by continuously developing their visual skills training software program. It takes only about 2 sessions to really get a feel for the program and to show other people how to use it. You can change the program settings to make it easier or harder depending on the ability of the athlete.
From 2001 until 2009 when I was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee and head baseball strength coach, we were one of the first universities to extensively evaluate and use their program. I am happy to say that the positive feedback from the players and the increase in performance is a major factor for us to committing to using the program a large scale basis.
At UT, like any other other leading sport program, we were always looking at obtaining the winning edge with all our sports such as baseball softball, tennis, basketball and football. The Vizual Edge staff is great to work with and we've had them come to UT to conduct evaluations with our players. However, after using the program it doesn't take very long for coach or trainer to figure out how to evaluate their own athletes in about 12 to 15 minutes.
Also, I completed course work for a minor while in graduate school and one of the things I did was to test for difference in the teams that we evaluated at UT. Let's just say there was statistically significant difference among the 2 teams, and it couldn't happen by chance. What that means is that the Vizual Edge program is a valid and reliable way of conducting Visual Skills Assessment and Training.
Currently as an assistant professor at Southern Miss, we're preparing to conduct research using the Vizual Edge program to assess visual skills in collegiate baseball players and look at its relationship to other key performance variables such as hitting power.
I would recommend that anyone wanting to use the program just call the Vizual Edge staff. They truly care about what they do and helping student athletes. Visual skills, I think, can seem a bit mysterious because most of us don't read about them in traditional strength and conditioning or athletic training books. However, we always talk about hand-eye coordination, but sometimes we really don't know what that means or what that entails. The Vizual Edge program teaches you and trains the muscles that control the eyes to work more efficiently. Their motto is "Weight Training for the Eyes". We have to remember that eye muscles, like all other muscles, control human movement, that we can strengthen eye muscles to make them work more efficiently which will lead to improved performance.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss the program further. I'd be happy to talk about it in more detail. Thank you.
Dr. Brian Gearity
& Conditioning Coach
Ph.D., University of Denver
I am Dr Dorri Goldschmidt. I am an optometrist in Birmingham AL and I am the CEO of Sports Vision South.
Sports Vision South is a high performance vision training center. We use Vizual Edge to evaluate and train the visual skills of our clients.
All athletes are aware of the importance of strength and conditioning to keeping in peak shape. One important area that coaches and trainers may not be working on is the visual skills of a player.
Your eyes provide most of the information you use on a playing field. Training your eyes ability to track precisely, to have focusing flexibility and have visual accuracy is key to performing at your best.
When we use Vizual Edge’s program we are providing strength and conditioning for the visual system. We train the eyes to be stronger and better.
Dorri Goldschmidt, OD
Southern Focus Vision Center Sports Vision South
To keep my eyes up to the speed of the game, I use the Vizual Edge Training Program.
I'm Chad Tracy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Team. I have used the Vizual Edge training program for several years now. As any professional player knows the most important aspect of being a successful hitter is seeing live pitching everyday. For the last few years the majority of my at-bats have come as a pinch hitter, so to keep my eyes up to the speed of the game I use the Vizual Edge Training Program. I feel that I see the ball much better when consistently using these training tools. I would recommend the Vizual Edge training program to any athlete who wants an extra edge in their game.
Third Baseman for the Washington Nationals
Strength and Conditioning Coach
I'm Fernando Montes, a user of the Vizual Edge training program for over 10 years. During my career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, the need to seek cutting-edge technology was at the top of my priority list. The Vizual Edge training program is the real deal. I found it to be useful, user-friendly, provide accurate, statistical evaluation and, when needed, great support when I had no answers to the questions that were proposed to me. Not only am I sold on the product, but there's great potential in the hands of quality coaches. This is just another tool for us to use in our arsenal as we find new and cutting edge technology to enhance our coaching capabilities. I highly recommend this product to anyone. If you have any questions feel free to reach out, not only to Vizual Edge, but to Fernando Montes. Thank you so much and have a great day.
Former Strength and Conditioning Coach
Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres
Hi, I am Greg Riddoch.
Being a proactive thinker and teacher, I always knew vision was an important component of performance in the classroom and on field. While instructing my baseball and softball student athletes I did not know how to address this component of the game until I found Vizual Edge.
In the past, when I was the Manager of the San Diego Padres this technology was not available. Vizual Edge would have been an essential tool as part of our complete training program.
While I was with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team incorporated Vizual Edge as part of the player development and scouting programs. It gave us a competitive edge over our competition.
I use the Vizual Edge software to illustrate visual strengths and weakness to parents and athletes as part of my hitting instruction. You can spend hundreds of dollars on equipment but unless you can see the ball and react to it properly, that bat or glove is not going to help you perform better.
former Major League Manager
San Diego Padres
Baseball Sports Vision Articles
Vitamins, 3D glasses and strobes are tools athletes are using to see better but does it really work?
Baseball’s New 'Secret Weapon': High-Tech Vision Training
by: Joe Lemire
Through the 3-D glasses, the red triangle and blue square just won’t line up. Even when the shapes appear to overlap, the vision training program assures me they did not. One eye perceives the triangle and the other perceives the square and, despite my best efforts with the keyboard arrows, I can’t find their concentric meeting point.
My visual alignment is deemed “fair,” but the descriptive text sounds clinically severe. My score “represents a moderate binocular eye muscle imbalance. The aiming of the eyes is inaccurate.” Basically, my eyes are misaligned after the target, which will result in perpetually late swings.
The evaluation of my eyes’ convergence—the ability to focus on objects in the foreground—is much worse. The test involves staring at a magic-eye stereogram, which I have never been able to do and can’t do now. The program tells me my eyes’ convergence is “extremely limited.”
There’s no putting rose- (and cyan-) colored glasses on this result: my overall vision score put me in the 5th percentile. I will never be a major league hitter.
“We didn’t change his eyesight,” Puchalski said. “We work on the quality of his visual information and how you see things and can react on field.”
That’s the first lesson to learn about sports vision. The realm of sight extends well beyond the lines below the E on an eye doctor’s wall.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching.
Vision skills can lead to sports success, research claims
by: Martha Finnegan Bradford
The Irish Times (9/9/2015)
Researchers tested elite athletes such as rugby players, as well as sporty members of the general public and people who don’t play any sport.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching, even under challenging visual conditions.
Some elite sportspeople performed poorly, so this is not the be all and the end all of sports performance, but it might be the extra one per cent that could win the game.
What’s not clear is whether this is an innate talent or something that developed over thousands of hours of practice.
Teams across baseball are working with companies to introduce vision programs into their process
Seeing Is Believing
by: Stephanie Apstein
Sports Illustrated (4/13/2015)
A recent issue of Sports Illustrated contained an article about vision performance and baseball. It highlighted the visual training protocol of several players of the Washington Nationals who, along with numerous MLB teams, use the Vizual Edge Program for assessment of player potential and improving visual processing, tracking and pitch recognition.
Research has been scant on correlation between officiating and visual performance; new study shows
Why standardized vision testing, training crucial for sports officials
by: Barry L. Seiller, MD, MBA
Ophthalmology Times (4/15/2014)
Most calls by officials require correct quality of visual information. A critical call might be the difference between winning and losing for a team. Other visually based studies performed on athletes—including tennis, volleyball, and baseball—have shown that superior athletes possess superior skills. Research has shown that these visual skills, besides eyesight, can be measured and trained.
Officials have similar visual demands as athletes. Therefore, officials should have visual skills comparable to athletes. An official needs not only to be physically fit but also visually fit.
There are many examples of officiating calls that require superb visual perception:
- Both feet or one foot inbounds?
- Ball on one side of the goalpost or through the center?
- Spike hit the line?
- A 130-mph serve in or out?
- Player offside?
- Baseball hit the yellow wall line or not?
Strong indication that Vizual Edge Scores correlate to superior performance, study says
The Relationship Between Visual Skills and Performance of Professional Baseball Players
by: Frank J, Spaniol, Ed.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA
Sport Science Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (11/20/2013)
The results of this study provides evidence that superior visual skills are indicative of superior batting performance in several statistical categories including BA, SO%, OBP, and OPS. Since visual skills appear to play a significant role in batting performance, coaches, trainers, and administrators should consider using programs such as VEPT to assess baseball players.
Dr. Barry Seiller is here today to talk eye-sight and why some players aren’t seeing the ball as wel
Baseball Eye-Sight w/ Dr. Barry Seiller
by: Mark Brooks
Art of Baseball.net (8/20/2013)
What role do you think “eye-sight” plays with hitting, fielding and throwing a baseball?
A big one…
I’ve gone into detail about this subject within the HMA but now I’am VERY excited to introduce you to an “eye expert” who will discuss a few other things that you may not know about in regards to building better eye sight as a baseball player.
Dr. Barry Seiller is here today to talk eye-sight and why some players aren’t seeing the ball as well as they could be. He will also be introducing Vizual Edge which is an online assessment test and training platform for athletes who want to develop their eye-sight over time.
Enter Dr. Barry Seiller…
Facilities in Europe are incorporating sports vision to help athletes enhance the visual component
Vision performance services offer new area of expansion for ophthalmic practices
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (7/29/2013)
Athletes across the globe, whether professional, amateur or recreational, are embracing new technologies and training methods to boost their performance. But while they lift weights, train in wind tunnels, adhere to strict diets and spend countless hours perfecting techniques, they often overlook one crucial body component: their eyes.
Recent studies are definitive: Athletes with superior vision skills perform better on the playing field. Until recently, however, no quantitative, interactive programs existed in the world of vision training. A U.S.-based company, Vizual Edge, is working to revolutionize the vision training game.
Degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs ability to make correct calls
The Effect Of Visual Acuity Degradation On The Visual Judgement Of Sport Officials
by: I. GOMEZ, F. SPANIOL, J. DAWES
Department of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX (5/7/2013)
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of visual acuity degradation on the visual judgment of sport officials. Visual acuity was analyzed by a standard visual acuity wall chart. Visual judgment was determined by a tennis ball line test where subjects have to determine if balls are classified as "in" or "out".
RESULTS: A paired-samples t test was calculated to compare the mean pretest (normal vision) score to the mean posttest (degraded vision) score. The mean on the pretest was 25.73 (sd = 2.16), and the mean on the posttest was 16.91 (sd = 3.22). The results of the paired-samples t test determined a statistically significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores (t(21) = 2.69, p < .05). CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicate that degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs their ability to make correct line calls.
Los atletas con habilidades visuales superiores se desempeñan mejor en el campo de juego.
Potencie su práctica con la incorporación de servicios para el rendimiento
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (1/21/2013)
Varias instalaciones en América Latina están incorporando la visión deportiva para ayudar a los atletas a mejorar el componente visual en su práctica.
Instalações na América Latina estão incorporando a visão desportiva para ajudar os atletas a melhora
melhore sua prática incorporando serviços para desempenho da visão
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (1/21/2013)
Instalações na América Latina estão incorporando a visão desportiva para ajudar os atletas a melhorar o componente visual dos seus jogos.
Vision training can combine traditional and technological methodologies to train the athletes' eyes
High-Performance Vision Training Improves Batting Statistics for University
by: Joseph F. Clark
PLoS ONE 7(1): e29109. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029109 (1/19/2012)
Vision training can combine traditional and technological methodologies to train the athletes' eyes and improve batting. Vision training as part of conditioning or injury prevention can be applied and may improve batting performance in college baseball players. High performance vision training can be instituted in the pre-season and maintained throughout the season to improve batting parameters.
MLB Team use Vizual Edge for Player Development
Weight Training For Eyes
Baseball America (10/4/2010)
"The Vizual Edge program is just like a radar gun, just like a psychological background exam, just like any other tool," Greg Riddoch said. "It is·a tool that will help you get to the next level. I may have 15 more (valuable) prospects than other teams because we're using the program."
Is visual training the sports world's next big thing?
The Eyes Have It
by: Seth Stevenson
Slate inc. (9/29/2009)
Ted Williams always denied the myth that he could read the label on a spinning record, but his vision did test out at a razor-sharp 20/10 when he took his Navy physical.
Learn how big league hitters fine tune their skills
Russell Branyans breakout giving Mariners a boost
by: Tim Booth
USA Today (6/22/2009)
Branyan says the catalyst for his sudden jump in hitting production is eye exercises that he started a year ago when he was searching for a solution to some of his problems at the plate.
Des clubs de baseball utilisent des logiciels pour améliorer la vision de leurs athlètes.
L'entrainement visuel, l'avenir du sport?
by: Seth Stevenson
Slate France (6/10/2009)
Barry Seiller (l'ophtalmologiste qui a conçu le logiciel Vizual Edge en 2002) a réalisé des analyses et des tests d'acuité visuelle pour différentes équipes (les Houston Astros, les San Diego Padres, les Cincinnati Reds et autres Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers ainsi que les hockeyeurs des Chicago Blackhawks); il a fait de même pour quelques programmes de sport universitaires et pour plusieurs sportifs participant aux Jeux olympiques. (Les équipes de bobsleigh développent leur capacité de convergence afin de mieux évaluer les angles d'entrée et de sortie dans les courbes de vitesse des pistes.) «Les athlètes de haut niveau jouissent d'une acuité visuelle développée», si l'on en croit Seiller. Selon lui, rien qu'en analysant les résultats obtenus par des joueurs de la Minor League sur le Vizual Edge, il a souvent pu deviner lesquels auraient les meilleurs moyennes à la batte.
See the ball - hit the ball. Vizual Edge.
by: Editorial Staff
Baseball the Magazine (1/1/2009)
Through the latest technology, however, improving eye-hand coordination is just a matter of sitting at your computer.
Athletes who use vision performance training hit the ball harder
EFFECT OF VISUAL SKILLS TRAINING ON THE BATTING PERFORMANCE OF NCAA DIVISI
by: Frank Spaniol, Randy Bonnette, Liette Ocker, Don Melrose, Jeff Paluseo, and David Szymanski
Poster publication NSCA Meeting 2008 (7/14/2008)
The results of this study indicate that NCAA DI baseball players that received visual skills training produced significantly higher batted- ball velocities than NCAA DI baseball players that did not receive visual skills training.
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children
A Little Flabby Around the Eyeballs
by: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
New York Times (2/5/2006)
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children with learning disabilities and people with amblyopia ("lazy eye") concentrate and follow lines of text. Unlike exercises designed to strengthen eye muscles, reading therapy works to improve the eye-brain connection. Sports vision therapy takes it one step further. "It's about eye-hand-foot-body-brain coordination," says Dr. Barry Seiller, an ophthalmologist who is Brett Basanez's vision specialist and the director of the Visual Fitness Institute in Vernon Hills, Ill. "Maybe you foul off the ball a lot, or you have all the technical skills but somehow just can't put it together. You go into slumps. You fail in the clutch. All of that, to us, screams 'visual problems."'
Optometrist Bill Harrison shows Nationals trainer Tim Abraham an eye muscle test he gives to players
Optometrist helps hitters keep eye on ball
by: Scott Brown
Florida Today (3/16/2005)
What does this have to do with hitting a baseball, perhaps the hardest thing to do in all of sports? Everything, if you ask Washington Nationals interim general manager Jim Bowden.
"A baseball's coming in at 95 miles an hour and changing planes. Sometimes it's coming in at 76 miles as a curveball. Sometimes it's an 84-mile-per-hour slider," Bowden said. "All the different speeds, all the different locations, all the different rotations means your eyes have to be phenomenal so you can identify what the pitch is, where the pitch is going to be and whether to swing or not to swing."
Improving your athletic performance by sitting in front of a computer?
Sports teams using optical program to boost 'visual fitness'
by: Stanley Miller
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (2/3/2003)
"This is essentially a non-traditional method of performance enhancement," he said. "It takes an educational process to make people
The Future of Baseball Lies within Sight
The Importance of Vision Training for Pitchers
by: John Pinkman
So, where does the future of baseball performance lie? Will it be in a greater trampoline effect off the bat or in more supple leather for the glove? Will new shoes create more speed? Will we train our bodies more efficiently without introducing artificial stimulants and steroids? Or will baseball travel into the future with greater human skills? Will we manage the mental and emotional stress of the game and travel? Will we tune peak performance through natural sports nutrition? Are we professional enough to see a healthy future and preserve the integrity of the game? How quickly will we “see” the obvious benefits of visual training?
Training the eyes is not a new idea; improve-it-yourself vision books have been around for years.
On fitness: The Eyes Have It
by: Molly Martin
Pacific Northwest magazine (7/28/2002)
I found myself more encouraged - inspired, even - by the tale of Greg Vaughn. San Diego Union sports columnist Tom Cushman called it "the most astonishing turnaround I've witnessed in 30-plus years of covering major-league baseball."
Vaughn has cited two common factors, hard work and more playing time, for helping find his groove this year. But he also credits something that many other athletes - recreational and competitive - might not know about for improving sports performance: vision therapy.