the Edge
trainer

and softball
performance

Strengthening the Core Six Visual Skills provides the athlete with the foundational visual input needed to make critical decisions and motor responses at the highest level.
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vision training

for softball players

With only milliseconds between a softball leaving the pitcher’s hand to arriving over home plate, hitters need to anticipate, judge and react in the blink of an eye. Likewise, with a large area of the field to cover, outfielders must react to the ball as it comes off the bat without hesitation.

the core six

visual skills

Understanding an athlete’s proficiency in the six core visual skills allows players, coaches, and scouts to identify and correct visual weaknesses and enhance the athlete’s performance on the field.
Pitch Recognition
increased contact
quality contact / exit velocity
fielding the ball
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Convergence
Improves ability for hitters to judge the speed, trajectory, and spin of the ball as it approaches the plate.
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Divergence
Enhances player’s ability to judge the ball’s speed, trajectory, and spin from a distance.
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Depth
Improves focus on the ball despite complex surroundings – critical for hitting and catching.
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Alignment
With proper alignment hitters focus on the center of the mass of the ball; rather than in front or behind.
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recognition
Improves recollection of pitch patterns, and opponents’ offensive and defensive plays and tactics.
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TRACKING
Helps players monitor developing plays while maintaining focus on catching or throwing the ball.

taking a look

at positions

Depending on the position an athlete plays in, the visual skills required for optimal performance vary. In softball, an excellent outfielder may struggle with hitting. This may be symptomatic of superior divergence and tracking skills which are critical components to outfielding, coupled with low convergence ability – which is the primary visual skill used in hitting.

HITTER


When batting, softball players rely heavily on their ability to judge the ball before, during and after a pitcher’s release. Batters must recognize patterns in the pitcher’s release, ball-handling and pitch count. They must judge the ball’s speed, rotation and trajectory – and decide if and how to hit the ball. The batter must be able to focus on the ball precisely, with no difference between its perceived and actual location in space.

infielder


Infield players must make split-second decisions based on what they see developing around them – including the projection of the ball, as well as the positions of teammates and opponents. They must see, process and remember dozens of visual cues instantly. Additionally, infielders must catch, and fire back without hesitation – taking precise aim to the target all the while processing the best strategic tactics for the play.

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Outfielders must possess the ability to read the softball immediately as it comes off the bat. They must use peripheral vision to assess what’s developing on the field while simultaneously tracking the ball and moving toward the ball or toward a defensive support position. They must also be able to correctly align their vision on a target in the far distance to ensure the aim of their throw is precise.

catcher


Catchers must possess a superior ability to focus on objects up close for clean and consistent catching. They must also be able to shift quickly and seamlessly between their close-up focus during catching a ball to their far-distance focus while throwing to a target. Catchers must constantly scan and monitor on-base opponents while recalling offensive patterns to develop strategic countermoves.

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the edge score

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score given to each athlete based on their most recent evaluation. The score takes all visual skills into account – including convergence, divergence, depth perception, alignment, recognition and tracking. Through analysis of an athlete’s Edge Score as well as their individual scores, we identify areas of weakness and develop an appropriate training program.
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convergence

Convergence is the ability to focus on objects within close proximity and judge their movement and impact. Convergence may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Consistent contact quality
  • Ability to focus on incoming pitch
  • Judge speed, trajectory, and spin of ball
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DIVERGENCE

Divergence is the ability to locate objects in the distance, impacting an athlete’s ability to anticipate and react. Divergence may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Reaction time to ball after contact
  • Ability to pick ball out of the pitcher’s hand
  • Judge ball in the outfield
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DEPTH PERCEPTION

Depth perception uses both eyes to locate objects in space to judge their distance, speed, and direction. Depth perception may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Decision of when and if to swing
  • Locate ball on pop-ups
  • Fielding skills
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ALIGNMENT

Proper alignment creates no difference between the perceived location and actual location of an object. Alignment may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Reaction time
  • Timing in batting and fielding
  • Crispness and decisiveness in movements
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RECOGNITION

Recognition is the ability to observe, process and recall a series of visual targets, and respond properly. Recognition may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Pick up pitch types and pitcher cues
  • Reaction-time
  • See signs during game
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TRACKING

Tracking allows you to process and follow an object while always monitoring all aspects of the game. Tracking may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Reaction to pitch
  • Reaction time while fielding
  • Monitor developing play
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The Edge Trainer from Vizual Edge delivers the most advanced vision training available. Backed by 30 years of research and development, the Edge Trainer’s proven system improves reaction time, positional and spatial awareness, and recognition.
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