What is our hitting assessment? Why is it important? How do we do it?
Our hitting assessment is now a five-part video and data collection and analysis.
Exit velocity checkup
3D motion capture (K-vest)
5. Power test
Every player has differences in body type and biomechanics. Likewise, there should not be a one size fits all approach to finding the most efficient and effective swing possible. By understanding each individual players biomechanics, we can start with a good base of the physical makeup of a player before we start making mechanical adjustments.
We are OnBaseU certified in hitting and we use their physical screening to understand the player and their physical makeup. OnBaseU is constantly evolving its evaluations and we stay up to date with their latest research.
Our 9 panel power test will measure the athletes stregnth and compare that to MLB or Team USA softball averages. (Average vertical jump in the MLB is currently 27").
After getting a physical baseline, we establish the player's starting exit velocity. This gives us an idea of what the player is capable of as their swing is currently constructed. We also check launch angle and vertical bat angle for a consistent and proper bat path.
We will use our K-vest 3D motion capture technology to measure how different body parts move throughout the swing. This test will calibrate and establish a proper firing sequence to produce maximum efficiency and effectiveness in the swing.
Lastly, we will take a video of the player's swing from multiple angles in order to put real-world visualizations to the data that has been collected. At the conclusion of the assessment, we will provide you with the data via email or printout. We also have online resources for you to aid your advancement at home.
We want to build the swing from the ground up using the ground to produce the force where we are the strongest.
Looking at this player's assessment, the firing sequence was out of order. Their torso starts to turn before the hips reducing power and increasing time to contact. Generally, these players tend to be late in their swing and are limited in their production of power. Looking at their upper body measurement in the upper right corner, you can see they start their swing at -53 degrees (ideal is -10 to -25). With this much over-rotation, it forces the torso to start turning early, elongating the swing and cutting off the power that is produced by the lower half.
In the following swing, we see a lesser over rotation of the upper body (measured at -26 degrees). This is much closer to where we want to be for an optimal sequence and can unlock increased power by using the power the lower half produces.