- Play Recognition
- Spacial Relations
- Player and Ball Tracking
- Reaction Time
Ability to locate the approaching ball as a receiver or defensive back.
Enhances a quarterback’s ability to locate and judge the speed and trajectory of receivers and defensive players on passing plays.
Leverage spatial awareness and see the plays on multiple levels – navigating tight spaces to find the space to make a play.
With proper alignment players are able more easily focus on the play – enabling increased precision in movements.
The ability to recognize formations, coverages, and situations properly will enable a player to more quickly and confidently perform.
Ability to anticipate the flight of the ball or an offensive player breaking open a play.
Quarterbacks have one of the most visually demanding positions in the game of football. A quarterback can have stellar physical talent but their ability to scan the field and anticipate will set them apart from the rest of the pack. Quarterbacks with excellent divergence will see the field and judge the trajectory and speed of defenders as they try to locate open receivers within coverage. Strong recognition and tracking scores will correlate highly with pattern recognition and pre-snap reads.
Running backs are a multi-dimensional position that requires the athlete to leverage their entire visual system. As a back prepares for a handoff they must be able to use convergence to locate the hole and track defenders as the hole is quickly closing. As they prepare for the second level backs must be able to utilize divergence to identify defenders and track their trajectory to either alter course with a quick jump cut or continue to take an angle to break a big run.
WR / DB / Linebacker
Wide receivers and defensive backs are often operating in space. This requires excellent divergence skills to locate the ball as it leaves the quarterback’s hand and then transition to converging the eyes to watch the ball into their hands to successfully secure the football. A safety has the responsibility of scanning the entire field and reading both the receiver’s speed and trajectory but also watching the quarterback’s eyes. A safety with optimal visual skills will be far better prepared to be the quarterback of the defense and anticipate movements.
Anchoring both sides of the ball – linemen often do not need to process information at a distance. However, the visual system can still help bring them success. Recognition and tracking are critical for a defensive linemen anticipating the snap by tracking information out of the corner of their eyes to get a great jump. Depth perception will enable an offensive or defensive lineman to navigate in tight spaces. A quick first step all starts with vision and firing at the right time.