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Softball (Command)

 

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Implicit Training:  Why Implicit Constraints Are Key to Throwing Strikes

 
Aside from a few minor tweaks here and there, by the time a pitcher gets to the collegiate level they already have a very good understanding of their mechanics. They've heard a thousand terms to describe what they should "feel" as they go thru their wind-up to deliver the pitch and make adjustments accordingly until the desired outcome is achieved. Looks good, sounds good. However, when you look at strike efficiency, is the issue with throwing strikes due to a mechanical breakdown or lack of spacial information? 99% of coaches will swear it's mechanical or psychological. Why? Because it deals with an area that
they can touch, see, and feel.  
 
Every softball team in America has a roster filled with pitchers; some starters, some situational, some relief, and some are closers. But in that mix is one that could be dynamite, a game changer, if they could just throw a strike. Drills aren't working; strings and colored boxes, different mechanics, a long stride vs a short stride, you name it and they've tried it but to no avail. But what if I told you that by simplifying and enhancing the space of the strike zone inside the brain, you'd start to see a change in strikes being thrown.. And not just one here or there, but consistently and with each pitch they throw? As a pitcher, your livelihood ultimately boils down to being able to throw strikes; quality strikes! If you can't throw strikes, you don't pitch; simple as that!
 
"The key to unlocking command and control potential rest entirely upon our ability to enhancing and simplifying space. And not just any space; the space that makes up the strike zone."   
 
Enhancing space through a CLA (constraint led approach)  will ensure reliable strike efficiency results that can be counted on when the championship is on the line.    Without V-Flex in place, pitchers have had to rely upon imaginative visualization; making themselves believe they can see the parameters of the strike zone in their mind without being physically prompted. Unfortunately, they can't. Imagination is no substitute for materialization.  In order for a pitcher to "see"  the strike zone, their brains must be prompted to make it from electrical impulse potentials prompted by V-Flex.   The image of the strike zone prompted by V-Flex doesn't appearing on the retina of the eye, it is a virtual image generated by the pitcher's brain.  In other words, the pitcher isn't seeing a physical strike zone target with her eyes, she is seeing one that is entirely implicitly generated by the brain on a canvas of enhanced space.
 
Efficiency begins to increase with each pitch they desire to throw due to their brain being able to "see" the parameters of the strike zone. The brain is constantly searching for clues and inside the brain the best clues are electromagnetic based. The constraints placed within the external  "spatial environment" must posses the ability to be converted into a "virtual state" within the neuronal environment.  Solid form or visible constraints can't be classified as implicit constraints or clues because they lack that ability.  The market is flooded with explicit constraints that are being pushed as implicit clues and constraints but they aren't.  

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