YOUR #1 CHOICE FOR CAREER MINDED PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
YOUR #1 CHOICE FOR CAREER MINDED PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
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CONFOUND WITH SCIENCE. NOT ANALYTICS.
Your pitching delivery REVEALED
According to science and kinesiology, athletic movement requires a counterbalancing of opposite body parts. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Great pitchers whom get the most out of their pitching delivery move proportionately. This creates BALANCED FORCE and accomplishes energy's #1 requirement - ACTION to REACTION.
Athletes have increased the speed of the game
Athletes swing and
pitch the same.
Refuting this contradicts 120+
years of baseball, data, research, and scientific theorem.
Use force and
mass to accelerate energy.
through a kinetic
flow with elasticity
for swing or delivery.
ACCORDING TO NEWTON'S 3 LAWS OF MOTION:
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. To maximize energy flow, you must be PROPORTIONATE in both movement and counterbalancing of such. Additionally, if energy is to change direction (from lower into upper half),
you must have a transitional axis point - hip rotation.
Breaking down the game to its most basic form - energy
ACCORDING TO KINESIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY:
Your body will subconsciously lock muscular response to any energy overload or outside stimuli that could potentially harm your body. This can be seen when you blink or pull your hand away from heat. Defined by science as PROTECTIVE REFLEX RESPONSE, it is the reason mechanical issues take years to overcome. Peak movement
to keep muscle response unlocked.
To throw or hit harder
increase energy and force
by training to the game and the 4.3sec runtime.
The key to unlocking previously locked performance potential.
Develop skills that keep runners off base
or push them across base.
BEHIND THE SCIENCE AND ANALYTICAL DATA
Over a decade of imperical research data and analytical research confounds
the Velocity LOAD Harness and VeloPRO Baseball prcoess.
The GAME has never changed
Before learning the science and analytics that confound VeloPRO Baseball training systems, you must understand what defines the game.
Supporting VeloPRO claims with theorem, not theory
Confound with scientific THEOREM
Based upon scientific theorem, the Velocity LOAD Harness was developed from Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, energy principles, load physics, the Bernstein and SAID Principles, and sports kinesiology.
Your swing REVEALED
Concerning the lower half, hitting movements are identical to pitching movements. When breaking hitters down to their most basic form, energy creation and transfer of such is what matters. Since energy requires BALANCED FORCE to maximize its effect upon an object, hitters must move in propertion. This is confounded by Newton's Law of equal and opposite reactions.
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Have you ever wondered why there are so many ways to hit and pitch? But are there?
IDENTICAL BODY POSITIONINGS
If you take a look at the past 120+ years of baseball, you will discover that everyone's swings and pitching deliveries appear identical at point of contact or release of pitch. No matter the age, body type, nationality, they are identical.
The era of the game has no effect upon the aforementioned. Neither does bat spec, bat type, game rules, mound height, or training methodology.
Don't take our word for it - Google "point of contact" or "release point" for hitters and pitchers, respectively. And do it from Ted Williams' era to Felix Hernandez' era. Also, research every age and level, along with softball.
You will find the same result - everyone looks the same. This is because human movement is all trying to remain balanced by counterbalancing equal and opposite body parts.
If you examine how the human body is physiologically designed, you will discover that joint axis points are BOTH balanced and proportionate in length. Meaning, your elbow rests in the middle of your forearm and upper arm. Your knee is positioned in the middle of your lower and upper legs.
This is to create balanced force and assist in keeping you dynamically balanced for movement.
WHY IS THIS?
If you analyze baseball from a SCIENTIFIC APPROACH, rather than with analytics, you will realize that the answer lies within physics, Newton's Laws of Motion, energy principles, kinesiology, physiology, and the Bernstein and SAID Principles (see below this page for answer).
A lot to take in, but in summary:
1. Every human body is physiologically designed the same exact way. Same amount of bones in the same positionings. Same attributes. And same focus for movement.
2. All human beings use potential, kinetic, mechanical, and elastic energy to move.
3. In order to move, you must counterbalance equal and opposite body parts. They must be proportionate in both movement plane(s) and energy flow. If not, you get movement deficiencies that create mechanical flaws.
4. Everybody is trying to remain balanced during movement. However, there are NO balance points in athletic or human movement. There are centers of counterbalance that act equal and opposite of each other to ensure energy flow is proportionate. This creates balanced force - as in tug-of-war.
5. Energy cannot be destroyed, and must escape somehow. Therefore, if balanced force is attained, movement is peaked and all counterbalanced body parts work against each other to create the balanced force.
6. Energy escapement will occur if disproportions exist. This is seen in the opposite reaction. For example, if linear drive force is too great, rotational move will overcompensate.
No matter how you break it down, every human body is trying to counterbalance energy to create movement. And since every human body is physiologically designed the same - everybody tries to dynamically balance the same.
If we examine other sports, as movement is universal, you will see the same occurances. Softball players get different training and their game happens at a much faster pace than baseball.
However, at point or contact, you see the same identical body positionings of females, as you do of their male athlete counterparts. Additionally, softball pitchers all look identical at release, but since they are using an underhand move, their correlation(s) would not be the same as baseball pitchers.
Looking at other sports, the same correlations exist. If we examine the regular world and movement within, we see the same. Swinging a hammer, walking, running, lifting, and sitting - all are identical.
FOR THE CRITIC
The end result OR GOAL of the activity is where you will find the similarities, but getting to the "goal" is what differs.
This is due to motor patterning reinforcement(s) that are created by body size, age, injury, fitness levels, and lifestyle reinforcement.
For example, ballerinas have bigger calves than distance runners because of activity reinforcement. Likewise, a football player's body will naturally build itself differently than a baseball player due to activity requirements.
No matter how one tries to build their body, the human body adapts and creates more or less muscle, motor patterning, etc, to SUPPORT movement reinforcement. This is explained further in the Bernstein and SAID Principles.
The differences you see should not be misinterpretted, as they are being utilized BY EVERY HUMAN BODY to create the same exact thing - dynamic balance.
Dynamic balance is what VeloPRO Baseball focuses upon. It is unilateral, universal, and what every human body is physiologically designed to accomplish.
And this is why every hitter or pitcher will try to accomplish the same exact thing when throwing or swinging. It is scientific theorem that cannot be refuted.
According to science, hitters and pitchers are objects that possess energy, and use it in the form(s) of potential, kinetic, elastic, and mechanical energy. Basically, you must create and transfer energy from yourself into the baseball.
BREAKING IT ALL DOWN
Every training technique and performance result is effected by energy flow. Optimize what it takes to create and move energy, so you can maximize your performance.
1. You possess energy, and its capabilities are enhanced by gravity and how efficient you transfer energy through your joint axis points (knees, elbows, ankles, etc).
2. F=MA is the #1 concept you need to know about energy and how to move it effectively. F is force. M is mass. A is acceleration. Basically, the more you accelerate yourself and the bigger or stronger you are - the more force you can apply. The result is a higher energy flow into the baseball. And we all know what this accomplishes. This is ALL according to scientific theorem - not theory.
3. Although F=MA is the root concept, there are factors that play heavily upon how energy transfers from you into the baseball. According to Newton, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basically, you must be proportionate in both movement length AND movement plane to maximize energy's flow and transfer. This creates balanced force (think of tug-of-war).
4. Since you have to move energy from your lower half (horizontally) and change its direction (upwards into your trunk), there are transfer station requirements. These are your hips and shoulder(s). How strong and and whether they sync the timing of energy transfers is extremely important.
5. According to Newton's Laws, a counteracting force must be applied to energy's direction that is equal and opposite of the existing direction of energy - if you want efficient transfer rates.
In layman's terms, if you are moving energy into your upper half, you must create a transfer point that changes energy's direction. This is your rotating hips, and they act like a fulcrum (as in a seesaw).
If you want to move energy from this vertical direction into a horizontal direction (towards the catcher), you need another axis (or fulcrum) point - your shoulder and elbow movements. This again, is according to scientific theorem that cannot be refuted.
THE LAW OF DISSIPATION OF ENERGY
According to this physics law, energy cannot be destroyed, and it exists in everything. To start the existing energy your body possesses, you need to apply a force to it (according to Newton's Laws of Motion).
The issue is that energy cannot be destroyed and will move into the path of least resistance. This can be seen in electrical energy wherein transformers produce energy, but it needs to be downgraded before the consumer uses it.
If this electrical energy is not downgraded, it will explode through the path of least resistance when escaping. The results can be devastating. And the same concepts can be seen when energy overloads body parts - resulting in labrum tears, cuff tears, tendonitis, and more.
Let's examine why the same mechanical issues exist across all athletes and sports:
1. Blown hips, prematurely rotating hips, slow or lazy hips.
2. Drag arm, soft front knees that do not straighten after flex.
3. Diving heads, unsynced upper and lower halves.
The above issues cause every performance deficiency - from long swings to unbalanced athletic moves. They are the ROOT cause of everything gone wrong.
Reason being is that energy is trying to dissipate, and it goes into the path of least resistance. According to kinesiology, physiology, and load physics - this "path of least resistance" comes in the form of an opposite movement plane. Hence - a SUBCONSCIOUS premature rotation.
The above issues can also overload an existing movement plane. For example, a front knee that never straightens to push energy upwards.
These are all subconsious occurances that cannot be changed or refuted, unless energy flows are redirected, optimized, and proportionate.
Your kinetic chain reaction is basically a domino effect. Meaning, if one domino is out of line, the rest will not fall properly. This is a visual upon how energy is working through a series object(s) - which are your body parts.
Concerning baseball, if you have an energy overload, energy must dissipate somehow, and usually it moves downward or sideways - always finding the path of least resistance. The reason energy works in these directions is because of gravity.
This can be seen in Olympic sprinters at the finish line, wherein they cross the line and then you see arms and legs moving irratically sideways. This is energy dissipating due to overloading joint axis points.
WHAT CAUSES AN ENERGY OVERLOAD?
If energy loads are too high in one movement plane, it will overload the opposite body part. The result is a sideways movement that is both subconscious AND the path of least resistance.
If you create too much force with your back hip, you must have enough strength to reflect or refract the energy upwards into your top half. This is why hip rotation and its sync to energy transfer is so important.
According to scientific theorem, your brain tells your body what to do and how to react. But it can only do so IF you have experienced the activity before. This is why practice is required.
However, according to the Bernstein and SAID Principles, if your body has never experienced the activity, your brain compensates and/or protects with protective reflex response.
In baseball terms, no matter what a coach is trying to teach you, if your body has never moved energy efficiently OR does not know how to do it properly - you will never be able to accomplish it. You may get better at it, but you will not peak the performance.
And this is the greatest asset that VeloPRO's VL Harness gives you - sensory feedback that peaks motor patterning to optimize energy flow.
The game has not changed in the past 120+ years, but the athlete has gotten quicker, stronger, faster, and smarter - effectively changing the game PACE.
TRAIN TO THE GAME, NOT THE GAME
Winning is the end result of any baseball game, if you want to win - you have to have baserunners or limit baserunners.
The entire game of baseball revolves around the 4.3sec runtime from home to first. Defenses are set to beat this analytic. Pitchers are trying to pitch against this analytic. And hitters are trying to match this analytic.
Although you should always try to decrease your 4.3sec runtime, matching it is the #1 focus during any training rep.
TRAINING OFFENSIVELY TO THE 4.3
Hitters can do many things to match or decrease their 4.3sec runtime. Literally, you must be 4.3 down the line, but there are many other things that can assist - if your actual running speed is not 4.3sec:
1. Increase hand speed to overmatch pitch speed. This allows you to hit barrel more often - resulting in harder hit baseballs that speedier infielders cannot get to.
2. Gain power to push fly balls past defenders with higher ranges. This increases your chances of not only getting on base, but increasing your slugging percentage.
3. Develop plate coverage to combat increased pitching command, plane, off speeds, and velocity. This gives you statistical advantage of hitting barrel more often.
4. Be on time and be ready to hit the fastball in any count. Again - gives you a higher chance to hit barrel.
TRAINING PITCHING TO THE 4.3
Although pitchers do not run bases (unless they hit), they win by keeping runners off base. To do this, you need more than just velocity:
1. Velocity increases pitch quality. However, it is relative. Meaning, hitters will catch up to your fastball at some point.
2. A 90MPH fastball is perceived to be 87MPH outside and 93MPH inside. Additionally, behind a breaking ball, it is harder. At some point, you have mix speeds to get hitters off the rhythm of your fastball velocity. Pitchers do this with plane, off speeds, deception, location, pitch reinforcement and more.
3. Overmatch hand speed with velocity so you miss barrel more often. Once they "catch up", slow it down and then speed it up. Climbing and descending the "velocity ladder" is what decreases hittability moreso than than anything else.
4. Develop command and off speed break to combat plate coverage. There is a saying at the upper levels of the game, "If you are sitting 90MPH, you cannot drive 85MPH." Meaning, you can hit 85MPH, but it is extremely hard to barrel it, and missing barrel is what great pitchers do - they pitch to CONTACT.
5. Increase your plane and decrease plane change between pitch types to combat power, hand speed, and hitter's ability to "sit on your pitches". This misses barrel more often. Velocity charts are extremely beneficial in understanding where "gaps" lie within your pitching abilities. Such are enhanced with plane and lack of plane change.
6. Be aggressive, work fast, pitch to contact, and be ahead in the count to stay in the game longer and force hitters to swing. Remember that hitters get themselves out by swinging at "pitcher's pitches", rather than "hitter's pitches".
7. The more pitches a hitter sees, the more dangerous they become. Statistics and Sabermetrics prove this. Examine the MLB batting averages for each count and you will see the correlations.
MOVING UP IN LEVEL REQUIRES MORE TOOLS
As you move up the baseball ladder, you find the game does not change. However, the pace of game increases, and this is why players get "squeezed" out of the line up.
For example, a junior varsity game is much slower than a varsity game. Single A baseball is slower than Major League Baseball - and so on.
The same swings, same pitches, same movements - but harder hit and thrown baseballs. Additionally, runners move quicker - all of which combines to decrease reaction times and increase athletic prowess requirements.
This is why statistics do not usually matter when projecting talent, as performance at the next level relies heavily upon whether an athlete can keep up with game pace - rather than performance base.
For example, if a HS pitcher is 10-0 with a 2.50ERA, he may not be successful at the next level if he is attaining these superior stats if:
1. He has slow velocity that cannot overmatch hand speeds of NCAA baseball.
2. He gets most of his outs by bouncing breaking pitches that inexperienced hitters swing at.
3. Cannot locate effectively, but is successful because lower level hitters miss more often.
Likewise, a high statistic hitter may be gaining success by hitting "seeing eye grounders" or weakly hit fly balls that fall. At the next level these would usually be outs because defenses are quicker and have stronger arms.
Although statistics do matter, they matter once you are in the system. To move up the ladder, you need to move quicker, stronger, and faster to ensure your performance meets game pace.
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