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Breaking "Status Quo Bias"

Regardless of how well a coach communicates, it’s impossible to describe something that's invisible. "Swing at strikes" is one of the most used phrases in the game but it is still one of the least understood concepts. Coaches use all sorts of phrases and drills to motivate and manipulate hitters psychologically hoping to affect cognitive attributes of pitch recognition. Cognitive approaches like these have been around since the early 1900’s. They are still part of the existing structure of values in the game today, due mainly to the status quo bias or (emotional bias) that is the current baseline for training pitch recognition. Substantial advancements in technology and research are changing the current state of affairs, or “status quo”.  No person or thing has challenged and entire industry ideology until now. 

The status quo will be under attack over the next several decades as it relates to strike zone development. Notably, the status quo isn't a coach or organization it’s an ideology or established method of doing things. If a person adheres to the principles of an ideology they are part of that ideology or belief system. Coaches have been exposed to cognitive strike zone ideologies for many years and breaking from them is our greatest challenge. The status quo bias handed down from generation to generation is mostly "emotional bias" and based upon peer pressure within the buddy-buddy system. Therefore, it is open for debate and needs to be challenged. V-Flex  isn't into challenging people or organizations; they are interchangeable with the passage of time. 

In reality science is challenging the status quo and V-Flex is simply the messenger. We are comfortable being the voice and agent of change because of the many years of research supporting the “non-cognitive” principles governing the brain. We’ve accepted the challenge of spreading the word that cognitive approaches to training pitch recognition have no quantifiable effects on game day performance and non-cognitive (implicit) approaches to training strike recognition do. It’s a paradigm shift in the right direction that coaches will need to adjust to. Outliers like V-Flex only come along once in a millennium. It may take several generations for implicit training to overcome the emotional bias within the current system, but evidence shows a major shift is occurring.  

New research suggests that the brain intentionally diverts information away from the pre-frontal cortex and “thought” so it can implicitly control the actions controlling the swing more efficiently.  There is a large body of neurological evidence that proves hitting a 90 mph baseball or 70 mph softball doesn’t involve a cognitive neural loop. Convincing an entire industry that "believes" otherwise is a big task. 

Breaking down the barriers established by sports icons is no fun, especially when those barriers are emotionally charged. The only known remedy for confronting explicit bias emotions is science and scientific principles. Our mission is to stay true to the science for the sake of the coming generations. Science challenging a flawed ideology. 

Breaking "Status Quo Bias"

Regardless of how well a coach communicates, it’s impossible to describe something that's invisible. "Swing at strikes" is one of the most used phrases in the game but it is still one of the least understood concepts. Coaches use all sorts of phrases and drills to motivate and manipulate hitters psychologically hoping to affect cognitive attributes of pitch recognition. Cognitive approaches like these have been around since the early 1900’s. They are still part of the existing structure of values in the game today, due mainly to the status quo bias or (emotional bias) that is the current baseline for training pitch recognition. Substantial advancements in technology and research are changing the current state of affairs, or “status quo”.  No person or thing has challenged and entire industry ideology until now. 

The status quo will be under attack over the next several decades as it relates to strike zone development. Notably, the status quo isn't a coach or organization it’s an ideology or established method of doing things. If a person adheres to the principles of an ideology they are part of that ideology or belief system. Coaches have been exposed to cognitive strike zone ideologies for many years and breaking from them is our greatest challenge. The status quo bias handed down from generation to generation is mostly "emotional bias" and based upon peer pressure within the buddy-buddy system. Therefore, it is open for debate and needs to be challenged. V-Flex  isn't into challenging people or organizations; they are interchangeable with the passage of time. 

In reality science is challenging the status quo and V-Flex is simply the messenger. We are comfortable being the voice and agent of change because of the many years of research supporting the “non-cognitive” principles governing the brain. We’ve accepted the challenge of spreading the word that cognitive approaches to training pitch recognition have no quantifiable effects on game day performance and non-cognitive (implicit) approaches to training strike recognition do. It’s a paradigm shift in the right direction that coaches will need to adjust to. Outliers like V-Flex only come along once in a millennium. It may take several generations for implicit training to overcome the emotional bias within the current system, but evidence shows a major shift is occurring.  

New research suggests that the brain intentionally diverts information away from the pre-frontal cortex and “thought” so it can implicitly control the actions controlling the swing more efficiently.  There is a large body of neurological evidence that proves hitting a 90 mph baseball or 70 mph softball doesn’t involve a cognitive neural loop. Convincing an entire industry that "believes" otherwise is a big task. 

Breaking down the barriers established by sports icons is no fun, especially when those barriers are emotionally charged. The only known remedy for confronting explicit bias emotions is science and scientific principles. Our mission is to stay true to the science for the sake of the coming generations. Science challenging a flawed ideology.