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Strike Recognition

Basics of Implicit Training

  Implicit training is the act of training the brain by manipulating the environment in which it learns or performs.

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Our game, really, revolves around one axis, one main premise; swing at strikes, take balls. I know this sounds stupid but I have struggled with the EXACT best term to use when describing the ability of a hitter to differentiate between a pitch that is a strike and one that is a ball. Pitch recognition isn’t really correct. Most in the game think of pitch recognition as a hitter recognizing the difference between a drop, rise, curve, screw, change, etc. At the core of the response is does a hitter initiate locomotion, does the hitter recognize a pitch, any pitch, as a strike and swing at it? So, strike recognition seems to be the most logical term to use. But how do we describe it? How do we quantify it? And most importantly, how do we improve it.

Implicit training involves skill acquisition and performance enhancement through brain based training methods. Correctly identifying and separating learning from performance enhancement  is the first step toward quality implicit training. This identification process is very important because it determines which method of training will be used for developing hitters and pitchers more effectively and more efficiently.

Learning a skill (skill acquisition) is different than mastery of a skill.  Once the basic skill is learned there is no need to relearn it over and over.  For example, once a person learns to ride a bicycle they can enhance their riding performance but they have no need to relearn the basics every time they grab the handlebars.  Likewise, once a hitter or pitcher expresses that they can effectively perform their basic task or position function its time to move on to performance enhancement.  Too many are falling into a trap and regressing into a pattern of explicit dominated "T-Ball" drills with repetitive overtones hoping to relearn a particular skill on a daily basis.  We oppose excessive indulgence in explicit drills and promote engaging the brain directly so it can progress down the road to max performance. 

There are certain neurological conditions and criteria pertaining to the strike zone and it's unique entanglement with invisibility.  For example, the strike zone doesn't exist in exterior environment and regardless of how hard a hitter tries they can't "see" it.   Pitchers face the same dilemma when trying to acquire spatial information through feel or perception. Space and time have no physical attributes that can be cumulatively assessed by the brain.  Therefore, any advancements in performance will be directly linked to implicit training and its ability to alter the brain from the inside out.  By strengthening the neurons that are carrying visual impulses throughout the visual system we can improve performance efficiency for baseball and softball players. 

The V-Flex way of training the brain implicitly through spacial stimulation while using objective training tools is a paradigm shift from traditional explicit training methods.  Studies across various sports show that athletes that train implicitly are more stable and less likely to fold under pressure.  For that reason we chose to move away coach centered (explicit) approaches and develop player centered (implicit) systems. Athletes that are implicitly trained are simply more consistent.  

V-Flex modernizes Peak Efficiency Training for pitchers and hitters.  Changing from an explicit system to a modern implicit system is logic applied.  This is a life changing experience that allows players to control their own destinies.   



An overwhelming majority of the training in baseball and softball is administered explicitly.  V-Flex is an intelligent alternative for anyone wishing to break from tradition and train implicitly.   Join the hundreds of teams and thousands of players training with V-Flex.