We have the great pleasure of spending time with pitching coaches every day. Our goal at Yakkertech is to maintain superiority in capturing accurate ball data. Not just by continually refining our technology, but by paying close attention to the coaches.
For example, we’re willing to customize data output screens for our customers – no one else does that. We strive to be the best at supporting the coaches and their desire to improve their pitchers. The coaches teach us something new every time we visit, and we have a lot of fun learning about what they have to say!
We’re often asked, “what’s the best way to use the data collected from your system?” Recently we spoke with several different coaches, asking for their input, and wanted to share what we learned.
Pitching is a journey of accurate data
You can use our system as a starting point. Get your pitchers excited about the upcoming journey of improving and figure out where in the world that improvement needs to start.
“Right in the beginning, show the pitcher the data on the tablet. The combination of the data from other pitchers and the visuals that coincide generates excitement in the player. These young folks love this stuff. It gets them to buy in!”
“Do an assessment of his/her pitches by having them throw five or so of each pitch type they think they have. More than likely you already know their best to worst pitch. Look at the data just to be sure, and rank the pitches.”
Now that you have the data on various pitches for your pitchers, you have a great place to start. And it will show, most likely, the pitches to just stay away from as your pitcher is not even close to being effective.
Data is a pitcher’s best friend
“Assuming that since the pitcher is a pitcher, they must have one good pitch. Determine what pitch should then become their next best pitch. The data will tell you, and you can discuss it with the pitcher.”
“Choose that one pitch, and begin to work on it using the data. Make adjustments with the pitcher, and find the adjustment(s) that show the best result for that pitch.”
“Review the data on a pitch before each session with a pitcher. Use each session to gain incremental improvement with that pitch type. In other words, just focus on improving that one pitch.”
Developing that second pitch for a pitcher is so important. But why stop there when you can continue to progress forward in improvement?
“Once he/she has the pitch working well, that should mean they now have two good pitches. The coach can then decide whether to head toward perfecting a third pitch, or just focus on assuring they maintain the two they now have.”
In essence, this advice is all about keeping things simple with your pitcher. One thing at a time with pitch improvement. It’s hard to throw multiple pitches well, and by properly perfecting one pitch at a time, the success rate is likely to be higher. By having very accurate pitch data, you know for sure if your pitcher has truly developed that pitch.
So, get your pitcher excited about the data he/she will see, and then work on one pitch at a time using the Yakkertech data until that pitch is working well.