- Pitch Recognition
- Increased Contact
- Quality Contact / Exit Velocity
- Fielding the Ball
Improves ability for hitters to judge the speed, trajectory, and spin of the ball as it approaches the plate.
Enhances player’s ability to judge the ball’s speed, trajectory, and spin from a distance.
Improves focus on the ball despite complex surroundings – critical for hitting and catching.
With proper alignment hitters focus on the center of the mass of the ball; rather than in front or behind.
Improves recollection of pitch patterns, and opponents’ offensive and defensive plays and tactics.
Helps players monitor developing plays while maintaining focus on catching or throwing the ball.
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 it’s perceived and actual location in space.
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 baserunners, especially in prevalent bunting situations. 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.
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.
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.