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Reflections of How V-Flex Changes Lives.

V-Life : Texas Baseball Ranch,VX-4 Overhand Trainer, Understaning Comes First, Collegiate Baseball News, Pitching Pioneer, Sean Moody, Visual input, Collegiate Baseball News, Brain Matrix, Dr. Les Anderson, Hitting Universe, Learn by Doing, Pitching Options, Instinct, UW Trip, Special Recognition, Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Recognition, New Look at UT, Road to WCWS, Conference Champs,NPF Draft, NCAA Rankings, Dr. Anderson Begins Research, New NCAA HR Record,  Legal PED, Advantage Gators, NFCA Convention Success, Value of Building Depth, What is Depth PerceptionBrain Disasters, The Big Picture,Wrong Direction, Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Recognition, 3D Enhancement, On The Brink , Louisville Stunners, New V-Flexing Teams, Volunteer High School Letter, NCAA Softball, How To Spot a gimmick

Archives:

Florida National Champions <> WCWS Preview <> Ole Miss Headed to Super Regional <> Ole Miss/ SEC West Champions <> NCAA Softball Tournament "Congrats" 

Power Conference Teams on V-Flex <> Salvatore Neurology Lab <>  Less is More  <> Hog Wild  <>  Ole Miss Baseball "Rebels Lead the Way"

Penn State Softball V-Flex Debut <> NFCA Convention News <> Univ. of Michigan Baseball Staff  "Innovators" <> Michigan State Spartans Big 10 V-Flexers!

Nnja Sports Performance Academy <> Oklahoma and Harvard Join <> Tx Rangers Introduced to V-Flex <> Ji-Man Choi Hitter of the week!  

Jackson Generals Using New Technology for Hitting <> Makes Debut in MiLB <> Baseball Player University Features V-Flex <> ESPNU Profiles V-Flex

University of FL , SEC Champs <> University of GA begins Integrated Visual Training <> West Chester has Record Yr. <>  Doug Jennings/ FL Extreme Baseball  

K-Zone Academy Industry Leader <> Baylor University Baseball <> Archives (V-Flex history)                                                                                                               

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 Texas Baseball Ranch

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My trip to the Texas Baseball Ranch was very refreshing. The learning environment was very scientific and captivating.  The entire staff was competent and engaging, especially Ron. Rarely do you find someone as passionate about making a difference as Ron Wolforth.  His zeal for applicable knowledge is what separates him from others in his market space and it's what brought us together.  He was searching for an objective method for implicitly training pitch control and command and found V-Flex.  TBR caters to pitchers only and they are the first such academy in America to implement the patented V-flex system for pitchers.  I'm glad we finally met and I'm looking forward to collaborating with Ron and Jill on several business levels as the summer progresses.  Flint Wallace will be taking over 700 pitchers through V-Flex training this summer.... Wow!

The New VX-4 Overhand Trainer

We began testing the new model last year and it is set for released in the fall of 2017.  It is the most progressive piece of baseball training equipment available for pitch recognition. This is a sample video.

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Understanding Comes First / Application Comes Second

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 In essence, hitting is the brains interpretation of electromagnetic wave information.

The illustration of the ball passing through an electromagnetic field lies at the heart of our technology. The field doesn’t just exist in the external world, ie beyond the eyes.  It has a parallel existence within the brain.  This plurality explains how the brain responds to pitches before the cognitive centers of the brain are aware of the even the most basic information the ball provides, such as spin and trajectory.  This one picture alone provides us a basic insight into what the brain is processing and why. 

A similar effect occurs as we interpret sound.  Notice in the picture that the guitar stings are actually providing the music and not the fingers.  If the strings aren’t touched or played then no music is heard.  The fingers simply create the wave and the brain interprets the wave information. 

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Coaches that grasp the concept of connectivity via electrical impulses and how they are interpreted within the brain will have a unique advantage in training on field performance.  This isn’t rocket science but it is science….

  Collegiate Baseball News 

The Feburary 26 issue of Collegiate baseball news featured V-Flex on the Cover.  It is a great first step to educating the baseball market about brain based training techniques for pitchers .  There are three pages of info that discribes the development of the PX-Series within the newspaper.  You can read a sample of the article at www.cbn.com.  

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Pitching Pioneer

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Fred Corral is currently the pitching coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He is a pioneer in his field for being the first (baseball) pitching coach in America to embrace brain based learning for pitchers.  A pioneer is someone that leaves their comfort zone and travels a new path toward discovery.  There will be challenges for Fred as he begins working with the PX-Series for pitchers but the benefits discovery far outweigh the effects of complacency.

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Director of Baseball Operations (March 1, 2016)

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Sean Moody on Right

Begining in March 2016 V-Flex will be adding new personnel.  Sean Moody will be in charge of all baseball sales and market initiatives. Sean attended Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN and was a two time All-Conference, all District and  All-State Athlete.  He continued his successful baseball career in college at Walters State and East Tennessee State University. Some of the achievements earned in college were Team MVP, Led Conference and in the top 10 Nationally with a .541 batting average, 1st Team All State, 1st Team All Region and 2nd Team All American. Sean held school record for 69 hits in a season and for the Fewest Strikeouts (15)  

Sean loves the game of baseball and has continued his involvement by sharing his experiences and knowledge with young athletes by coaching in an official capacity for the last 9 years.  Sean is fundamentally sound in all phases of V-Flex training  ready to assist others in acquiring brain based skills that will keep you one step ahead of the competition.  We are proud to have Sean as part of the V-Flex team.  His passion and patience is genuine and V-Flex Technologies is priviledged to have him. Contact Sean at 678-761-2641

 

Visual Input

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90% of all sensory input comes from visual sources... the other 10% is divided between taste, smell, hearing and touch.  If your pitching and hitting mechanics are based on feel or touch then you might want to consider a new approach. Since old school drills couldn't improve pitch efficiency ratios most coaches adopted a "mental" approach to improving skill sets, but this doesn't work either.  The mind isn't a quantifiable sense therefore has very limited input capabilities. (Become informed and you'll  be transformed)  V-Flex increases input through visual sources...

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Collegiate Baseball News (photo shoot)

Collegiate Baseball News will feature our PX-Targeting Series for pitchers in next months editon.  Here are some photos from the photo shoot yesterday.  

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Matrix

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Coaches, I thought you might like to read this research from Columbia Univ. pertaining to pre-thought, pre-vision and pre-determination. These test were conducted in a labratory environment and are subject to some alterations but for the most part they accurately access the neural process of neuron recruitment and activation long before the mind is allowed to engage in the learning process.  Self actualization and awareness are a by product of post event integration. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2012.00177/full#  

Therefore, if we are going to train the brain correctly our prompts must be sub visual.  See the attached photo on your computer screen.  As you move away from the image your brain should see the rectangular strike zone clearer and clearer.  The rectangle isn't appearing on your retina therefore it isn't a "visual image" it's sub visual.  The brain is aware of it but the eyes aren't.  Utilizing this approach to pre action potential processes is crucial to enhancing performance. 
 
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The brain is functioning on a level that 99% of the coaches can't comprehend which makes it nearly impossible to communicate with them. Coaches that teach pick up the spin of the ball and make your adjustments don't fully understand the biomechanics of the brain.   Coaches that can grasp the concept of sub visual neuron recruitment will dominate content driven platforms until the rest of the coaching population catches up.  The brains game speed is much faster than our delayed perceptual speed, approximately 284mph faster.  In conclusion, the ball we see spinning and coming towards us is only the replayed scene by the brain.  It is merely showing the "mind" what occurred so it can keep record of  the experience.  The mind and all of its attributes is only a shadow of what the brain is.

 

Dr. Les Anderson (NFCA)

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Dr. Les Anderson is currently one of the most important men in sports research. His beautiful mind sees things others can't. He's developed an App for V-Flex that tracks the impact of pitch efficiency on hitting and pitching. Collecting and sorting data is his strong suit. He was able to communicate the process with Tim Walton, Mike White and many others at the NFCA Convention. His methods of collecting and applying data to initiate change relative to V-Flex training is a quantum leap forward for all of sports. Dr. Anderson's entry into our lives was no coincidence.

Hitters Universe

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Some people believe that hitting is a guess, we do not.  Millions of neurons representing space and depth inside the brain dispute that claim.  Electricity follows the path of least resistance which is dictated by the amount of conductivity between neurons. If your brain has poor conductivity then you will struggle as a hitter.  This explains why the outcome you desire as a hitter isn't the one the brain gives you.  The brain knows exactly where the ball is at all times and fires the appropriate signals to the motor cortex according to your individual conductivity properties.  If we want to hit the ball more consistently we don't need to become a better guesser we need to strengthen the neuronal networks carrying the signals.  That can only  be done by V-flexing.  Recruit more neurons to the space representing the strike zone and you will see an increase in hitting performance.

We Learn By Doing

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Altering real world visual cues causes the brain to redirect its attention through neuron recruitment and activation. This electromagnetic arousal is more efficient than cognitive focus methods and yields far superior results. I'm looking forward to displaying our new VX and PX Series technology at booth #451 at the ABCA Convention in Nashville in January. I'm sure I will meet some coaches with innovative tendencies and personalities there.  We had over 500  softball coaches visit us at the NFCA Convention in Atlanta and sold out of both hitting and pitching systems.  This is our baseball convention since Tony Gwynn worked our booth in Anaheim in 2012. We've come a long way since then and hope to show baseball coaches that our 2016 series models are legit when it comes to producing solid game day results.  Stop by and register to win a PX-3 for pitchers that will be given away at the end of January. 

Pitching Options:

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Rethink your approach to training pitchers to throw strikes.  The PX-Series of pitching aids are optically engineered to enhance the strike zone for the pitcher.  The PX-3 is the primary training piece because it is the only one in the series that consist of primary vision prompters.  The PX-5 and PX-7 are specifically used to stimulate peripherial vision neurons.  The photos show a few variations of the zones that can be generated with the PX-3.  Keep in mind that there is a strike zone within the strike zone. The inner ring bordered in solid white is considered a marginal strike since it represents the area 1 to 2 balls off of the strike zone.

Instinct: 

Instinct is a competitive edge that hitters can / should develop. Understanding the difference between short loop and long loop reflexes is fundamental to developing instinctive hitters. When a pitch reaches a critical speed, approx.(65 mph in softball, 87 mph in baseball) the brain doesn't have time to use memories or prior experience data to generate a swing. V-Flex conditions and strengthens instinctive short loop pathways intentionally. 99% of all hitters including the MLB don't know they are training slower long loop pathways with their outdated hitting drills.  Tee work and many other drill that hitters are doing these days only weaken the brains ability to adapt to a particular pitch.  In a way, current outdated approaches to "working on your swing" amount to a form of domestication and manipulation. Domesticated animals seldom return to the wild because their brains didn't acquire the skills for surviving in the wild.  Hitter that train via repitition are wiring their brians for game day failure.  Rethink your approach to training.  The brain learns from input.  Instinct is environment driven and if you ignore that one fact you will never succeed at becoming your best.  Note: Changing your mental approach or mental attitude isn't relative to short loop reflexes.  V-Flex don't train you to think, it trains you to react before thinking. 

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Amazing Transformation from the old to the new.

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My recent trip out west was awesome... Seeing how far we've come in product development is certainly encouraging.  The future is looking brighter for hitters and pitchers.  Both need help identifying the strike zone.  This pic was taken at UW.  They were one of the first teams in the nation to implement V-Flex.

Special Recognition:      

 

Hi Tim,

I hope all is well. One year with the V-Flex and the proof is in the pudding. We won our first conference title in 54 yrs, we won our first tournament in 54 yrs, we won more softball games than any team in our schools history, 8 of our kids were either 1st or 2nd team All-Conference, one of our kids was the MVP of our conference and we had two kids nominated for the All CIF team. Did I mention that we were fielding 5 freshmen and 3 sophomores?

 

Thx, Jason Cohen

 

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Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Recognition

6/22/2015

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Ask any coach in America to define pitch recognition and you will get a variety of answers. The one thing that players and coaches agree upon is that “pitch recognition” has been the Achilles heal of hitters for over a century now. Poor pitch selection has ended the careers of many a hitter. Unfortunately, they were victimized by their own brain and not the opposing pitcher.  The factors that impact a hitters abilty to see the ball clearly are discussed within this article.  It is difficult to put scientific principles into common terms so please don't disregard this infomation if you don't understand it instantly. It may take you additional time and effort to understand how the ball and the strike zone are woven into the fabric of space and time. 

 

New depth perception research is linking better visual precision to the qualitative experience of stereopsis.  Research by Dhanraj Vishwanath is establishing new boundaries for quantifying 3-D vision. Currently there is a broad interpretation of stereoscopic vision and stereopsis throughout visual literature. This ambiguity in terminology is widespread and suggests a lack of clear theoretical framework for understanding the difference between qualitative and quantitative aspects of depth perception, monocular and binocular depth perception and real and pictorial depth perception.

 

In sports training and vision training in general it is important to distinguish between “realness”, the sense that one is visually confronted with a real object or scene and “realism” the attempt to visually depict things pictorially as they appear in the real world.

 

In recent years video game developers and neurologist have tried to produce games that help hitter with pitch recognition with little or no extended success. Players master the games but the skills learned can’t be transferred to better game day performance. Their methodologies are flawed for several reasons but most obvious is their inability to create “realness” on a computer screen. V-Flex bypasses this crucial hurdle by training in free space under natural conditions so the brain doesn’t spend time and energy converting information into a usable format.

 

The sensation provided by V-flexing is similar to stereopsis in that it heightens the awareness of empty space and things projecting and receding into that space. The process of making baseballs and softballs appear more solid, vibrant, and real requires a “real separation in depth”. Once that separation occurs hitters can easily determine the exact location of a particular pitch.

 

V-Flex intentionally immerses the hitter in the space relative to learning early pitch recognition values. Operationally, it is the strength of the impression of “real separation in depth” that assists the hitter in determining absolute depth values. When a hitter is exposed to various depth values during batting practice they develop the real time precision skills necessary for elite game day performances. This precision is characterized by a hitter having consistent quality at bats.

 

By manipulating the visual cues along the path of the ball in real time coaches and instructors are able to offer their hitters brain an absolute depth value quicker that naturally possible. Since time and space are equally represented in the brain, when we affect one, we’ve affected the other. This explains why hitters express the behaviors associated with better discipline and timing while Vflexing. The two are inseparable because they are derived from the space / time continuum.

 

“Keywords: stereopsis, depth perception, distance perception, tangible depth, 3-D

 

New Look at UT....

5/11/15

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The Lady Vols are grippin' and rippin'...... 100 HR.  New school Record!!!

 

Road To WCWS!!!

5/11/15

18 teams training on V-Flex on the road to the WCWS! 5 National Seeds!!  4 of the top 8 in (1) UF (2) Oregon (5) LSU and (8) TN....  This is going to be exciting.  We see the world differently and so do our hitters.   Success is science; if you have the conditions, you get the results.

 

Conference Champs...... V-Flex Trained

5/11/15

SEC- Univ. of Florida, Pac 12- Oregon, Big 12- Oklahoma, American- UCF, MWC- Fresno State Univ., Big East- St. John's Univ., GLVC- UMSL, GSC- Valdosta St., PSAC East- West Chester Univ., NCCAA Mid-East- Lee University, UMAC- College of St. Scholastica, MACJC- NEMCC.

It has been amazing at the teams that are having record years..... Keep up the good work!!!

Draft Day!!!

4/1/15

The media guys at the NPF made us look good.  V-Flex is posted all over the social media networks related to the draft.  It was marketing money well spent.   Here are some pix from the eventing.

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Cheri Kempf & Gaye Lynn Wilson          Brian Levin, Coach Akron Racers          Kevin Shelton, GM of Dallas Charge

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NPF Draft 2015

 3/30/15 

Round 6 Sponsor  

April 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee V-Flex Sports will proudly sponsor the 6th Round of the 2015 College Draft. Softball players and coaches from around the United States will be in attendance for the event and V-Flex is extremely excited to be promoting an event that will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network. Details are at www.profastpitch.com  Stop by our booth and say hello...

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NCAA Softball Ranking Dominated by V-Flex Trained Teams

3/30/15


Vflex trained teams are certainly shaking things up this year. At the D-1 level a Florida, LSU and Oregon have been the main influencing forces so far in 2015. At the D-2 level Valdosta State is holding down the #1 spot and USLM is setting at #3. It will be interesting to see how important pitch recognition is as the season progresses. Our teams are setting new team records at an amazing rate. Congrats to Bryant University for setting the new NCAA home run record against Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 21 of this year. They hit 10 HR in the game and a record setting 7 in one inning.

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Quantifying Early Pitch Recognition

  3/23/15

The daunting task of helping hitters develop early pitch recognition is challenging to say the least.  The information coming from the ball is only quantifiable when it travels through space.  The illusion of motion from a computer screen can't teach hitters how to hit for fundamental reasons.  Mental coaches fall under the same umbrella.  Each lack neurological components for embedding strike zone information adequately & accurately inside the hitters brain.   Results are a valuable commodity that are attainable through V-Flex training.

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Dr. Les Anderson Begins Quantification Research.

2/22/15

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 Les Anderson has a PhD in Neuroendocrinology and is a College Professor at the Univ. of KY.  He is also as an avid softball coach.  His background in neurology and specifically the dopaminergic system in the brain prompted Dr. Anderson to study V-Flex for the purpose of quantifying the effects V-Flex was having on his hitters.  His recent experience in training his team from a brain based perspective open his eyes to new possibilities for research.  He has developed an App for determining the strike zone efficiency of teams training with V-Flex...  V-Flex Technologies Inc. is fortunate to have and objective person with his credentials that is willing to validate the research process and quantify the benefits of V-flex training.  Teams interested in knowing just how well their hitters are responding to balls and strikes should contact him by email at  les.anderson@uky.edu.  

 

New NCAA (HR) Record 

2/21/2015

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University softball team exploded for a NCAA Division I record-tying 10 homeruns, including a DI record seven in the bottom of the third, to take down U. of Maryland Eastern Shore, 19-6, in Game 1 before fighting off USC Upstate, 3-2, in Game 2 Saturday afternoon at the Spartan Invitational.

In the first leg of Saturday's double dip, Bryant put together one of the msot impressive offensive outputs in NCAA softball history, hitting a DI record seven long balls in one inning and 10 total en route to a 19-6 win over U. of Maryland Eastern Shore.

"In the first game our offense was just flat-out explosive," said Bryant head coach Shayne Lotito. "We took care of business 1-9, with Elle [Madsen] and [Hayley] Bottino going back-to-back for the second-straight game and Robyn [Ukegawa] with the first two home runs of her career. Top to bottom, we played outstanding, staying disciplined and playing our game."

Junior Elle Madsen (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) led the way for the Bulldogs (3-0) with a career-high three homers, going 3-for-4 with six RBI and four runs scored, while senior Jessica Benacquista (Belleville, N.J.), junior Hayley Bottino (Canyon Country, Calif.), and freshman Robyn Ukegawa (Carlsbad, Calif.) each sent a pair of bombs over the fence in the high-scoring affair.

After two and a half innings of play spotted the Hawks the 6-4 lead, the Black and Gold put together a historic third inning which featured 12 runs, eight hits and a record seven home runs. Benacquista and Bottino each homered twice in the inning, with Madsen, Ukegawa, and senior centerfielder Madeline Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.) getting in on the action as well.

In the circle, freshman Logan Paul (Shaker Heights, Ohio) made her first start as a Bulldog, allowing four earned runs on three hits in two innings of work. In relief, Bottino allowed just a single unearned run on a pair of hits in three innings to pick up her first victory of the season. 

Legal Performance Enhancement

2/12/2015

Triggering the brain to release dopamine is the fastest path to legal performance enhancement. Steroids only mask the problems associated with flawed training systems. Current teaching models in hitting that emphasize lots of repetition force the brain to release the incorrect neurotransmitters for peak performance and fuel the steroid mkt. Repetition isn't the answer to becoming a more powerful, disciplined hitter "release" is. Release the wrong neurotransmitter and you will always be average. Release the correct neurotransmitter and you will hit like Superman.  

Engineering a practice that the brain responds to consistently requires knowledge of specific neurotransmitters and their functions.  It is well documented that pattern recogintion increases when dopamine is released by the brain.  The heighten awareness of spatial information contributes to a more effecient use of resources by the brain and drives peak performance output.   

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Advantage Gators

1/8/2015

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Tim Walton and the Gators continue to raise the stakes for staying in the game. The 2014 National Champs begin their 3rd season of V-flex training. Strike zone discipline is at the forefront of Tim's hitting philosophy. For the past two seasons the gators walk to strikeout ratio has been world class. In 2015 he is upgrading his V-Flex system to increase the hitters focus even more. By integrating a two piece hitting station in cage #2 his hitters now have the fastest functioning brains in the game. Coach Walton isn't afraid to adapt & innovate so his players can have an advantage. 

  • Creating tangible (space) for the ball to pass through is vital to improving the batters ability to see the ball clearer. Narrowing the focus area and adding depth cues shortens the hitters learning curve. The advanced V-Flex technique that Florida is using will keep them on top of the softball world and establish Tim as a leader in brain based training in the sport... 

 NFCA Convention Success

12/14/2014 by Tim Nicely

My first trip to Las Vegas was unforgettable.  Coaches stood in line to see our new products and ask questions about V-Flex training. The best part of the trip was interacting with current and prospective users on the showroom floor.  In the end our current users were our best salesmen.  They gave convencing testimonies of success that impressed even the most skeptical coaches.  Tom Macera of Valdosta State University informed me that he sold more V-Flex systems than I did in Vegas.  I can't validate that but I will say he had plenty of ammunition to sell with.  For the first time in Tom's career his team accumulated more walks than strikeout and hit an impressive 91 bombs.  It has been a pleasure getting to know him and he is on a mission to win another championship ring.  We sold our first V-Flex systems to coaches from Germany, Hawaii, and Canada at this show.  The new strike zone imagining device for pitchers was the hottest item at the show and coaches couldn't get enough of the new pieces.  Check out our photo gallery to see who visited us in Vegas..

 

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Value of Building Depth into BP.

12/14/2014

There is no way we can ignore the benefits of building depth values or impressions as we train pitch recognition.  The ball can provide only a small amount of information for the hitter to process while hitting.  It provides the least amount of information visually and that is why hitters struggle to hit it consistently.  Without significant supportive visual information hitter are doomed to a life of mediocre offensive performances.  Alter the rate and quality of supportive visual cues and you will change the quality of the at bat.   Notice how visual cues alter the quality of the different images in the photo below.  Both sides of the image are equal in size but the one side lacks cues that provide a vivid impression of solid objects of differ mass.  It is extremely, extremely important that the brain be immersed in an engineered spatial environment while taking BP.  Batting practice has to be a unique experience or you are wasting your time and the hitters time.  V-Flex training is altering offensive output like never before because we don't do drills, we do "experiences".  Our experiences consist of tangible space that results in vivid objects projecting toward the batter.  We need experience based in "visual experiences" in order to get better not drills.  Hitting drills really are a thing of the past.  They are so fragmented from a dynamic learning experience that they can't be converted into a usable format by the brain. Let's be honest, if hitting drills really made a lasting change in hitters then everyone would be hitting .400.  They aren't so we're moving on.  The future is full of awesome possibilities when you realize the power of V-Flex.  The power to transform the lives of millions of hitters world wide is within our grasp if we don't look back.

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What is Depth Perception?

 11/19/2014

This study at the Univ. of Minnesota exposes why training visual skills is so important.  The way we interpret shapes and spaces is directly tied to our ability to perform well as a hitter or pitcher.

Brain Disaster: How some drills distort learning.

12/23/14

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Offensive output has been on a steady decline for decades at the highest levels of competition. Some of the hitting drills that contributed to the decline are pictured. To understand why these drills pass the eye test but fail the brain test, study quantum physics, electromagnetic energy, stereopsis, & space/time continuum. Engaging the brain requires following the strict guidelines of communication. To tap into the brains resources for vision we must consider how it taught itself to see. Recent discoveries in neuroscience have made it much easier to identify old dated info from new modern findings. It's really hard to make good choices with bad information.  There is a difference between eye sight and brain sight and most drills focus on eye performance and not brain performance.  To truly speed up the learning process we should alter the brains sight by providing better spatial cues.  The eyes see objects, the brain sees the space it is traveling through so it can derive an absolute depth for timing purposes.

The Big Picture

11/18/2014

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The "Big Picture"!  How does the brain determine the exact speed and location of a pitch so the hitter can consistently make solid contact at the plate?  The answer lies in relative depth perception and absolute depth values.  Exposing hitters to absolute depth values generated by V-Flex during batting practice helps their brains calculate depth values in real time.   This immersive learning environment provides the necessary components for developing early pitch recogntion skills for hitters.     

11/16/2014

Wrong Direction

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In recent years the NCAA has made two substantial changes in college baseball. First, they changed bat regulations for the safety of the pitchers. This was a necessary move. In 2015 NCAA D-1 baseball teams will begin using the new flatter seam baseballs. This move by the NCAA is designed to make the ball easier to hit and should increase offensive output across the board but certain neurologist are afraid they are heading in the “wrong direction”. 

The physical science supporting the move is 100% correct. The logic and the mathematical formulas for manipulating drag and resistance are correct. With today’s technology it’s easy to make small physical changes to the surface of the ball that affects its flight. There is no doubt that the paths of the ball will change and that pitchers will have to work harder to achieve maximum movement and control of the ball. However, it remains to be seen if the change will be enough to help hitters hit the ball better. 

One hurdle confronting the change is its lack of consideration for Neuroscience. The brain is responsible for our ability to hit a moving object and any attempt to improve offensive output should be based in both physical and neuro science. The current attempt by the NCAA to increase offensive output disregards the fundamentals of neuroscience and how the brain derives absolute depth values of a pitch.  From a neurological perspective the current change to the ball will likely make it more difficult to hit than the previous ball. Michael Roth played collegiate baseball for South Carolina and now pitches for the Anaheim Angels says pro balls are way better,” Roth said this summer. “I can’t throw a straight pitch if I wanted to (with the flat-seamed ball).”(Baseball America, 2014) 

Neuroscience isn’t optional. Baseball and softball hitting woes are much deeper that the surface of the baseball or softball.   Hitting a ball moving through space and time requires and enormous amount of brain skill. Exercising the brain muscle has proven too difficult for the NCAA and collegiate baseball coaches and regretfully by consensus they have chosen to change the least important factor involved in hitting a moving object, “the ball.” The choice confirms a lack of clear theoretical framework for understanding the difference between qualitative and quantitative aspects of hitting.   

In the scientific and medical communities there is a clear distinction between individuals who practice a specific discipline and those that don’t. Doctors practice medicine because they like applying knowledge in the real world. Researchers on the other hand dedicate their lives to exploring new possibilities in laboratories with the hope of discovering new cures that will benefit doctors and patients alike. This logical approach allows each of the parties to utilize their time more efficiently. 

It would be beneficial if a similar system were in place for NCAA policy makers, coaches and players since 99.9% of the drills they concoct have a regressive neurological effect on the hitter’s brain. Still, they continue to design new drills daily with a total disregard for neuroscience.  Afterwards, they wonder why hitters struggle. Coaches and player don’t have time to research the finer points of the eyes and brain and their results show it. The steady decline in offensive output is pandemic and is a direct result of a confused brain. In other words, “crap in, crap out”. The brain is the most ordered thing in the known universe and it searches for absolutes. It rejects all training methods that do not adhere to its strict requirements for processing visual information according to the laws of light physics. 

Change is necessary if offensive output improvements are going to occur. V-Flex agrees with the neurological community which is simply stating that the new flatter seam ball will struggle to achieve the desired results.  Empowering coaches with the knowledge of “how to” change certain neurological variables relative to improving hitting skills will. Teaching coaches how the brain calculates space and time intervals and how it derives absolute depth values in real time will change their lives forever. Application of this information will have an enormous positive impact on offensive output. 

The governing bodies that oversee the wellbeing of baseball and softball in America do not have a formal research facility or mandated protocols for insuring the products that make it to market are neurologically beneficial. They do however have a resource for obtaining patented neurological information through V-Flex Technologies Inc. V-Flex has been researching the brain for the past 15 years and has stayed out of the coaching arena for specific technical reasons and has been fully dedicated to the development of neurologically advanced methods for training the human brain. It’s no coincidence that the teams and individuals that are using V-Flex are seeing unprecedented results.  

 

Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Recognition

11/13/2014

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Ask any coach in America to define pitch recognition and you will get a variety of answers. The one thing that players and coaches agree upon is that “pitch recognition” has been the Achilles heal of hitters for over a century now. Poor pitch selection has ended the careers of many a hitter. Unfortunately, they were victimized by their own brain and not the opposing pitcher.

New depth perception research is linking better visual precision to the qualitative experience of stereopsis, Greek; solid vision, characteristically vivid impression of tangible solid form, immersive negative space and realness that one obtains under certain viewing and stimulus conditions.

Research by Dhanraj Vishwanath is establishing new boundaries for quantifying 3-D vision.   Currently there is a broad interpretation of stereoscopic vision and stereopsis throughout visual literature. This ambiguity in terminology is widespread and suggests a lack of clear theoretical framework for understanding the difference between qualitative and quantitative aspects of depth perception, monocular and binocular depth perception and real and pictorial depth perception.

In sports training and vision training in general it is important to distinguish between “realness”, the sense that one is visually confronted with a real object or scene and “realism” the attempt to visually depict things pictorially as they appear in the real world.

In recent years video game developers and neurologist have tried to produce games that help hitter with pitch recognition with little or no extended success. Players master the games but the skills learned can’t be transferred to better game day performance. Their methodologies are flawed for several reasons but most obvious is their inability to create “realness” on a computer screen.   V-Flex by passes this crucial hurdle by training in free space under natural conditions so the brain doesn’t spend time and energy converting information into a usable format.

The sensation provided by V-flexing is similar to stereopsis in that it heightens the awareness of empty space and things projecting and receding into that space.   The process of making baseballs and softballs appear more solid, vibrant, and real requires a “real separation in depth”.  Once that separation occurs hitters can easily determine the exact location of a particular pitch.

V-Flex intentionally immerses the hitter in the space relative to learning early pitch recognition values. Operationally, it is the strength of the impression of “real separation in depth” that assists the hitter in determining absolute depth values. When a hitter is exposed to various depth values during batting practice they develop the real time precision skills necessary for elite game day performances. This precision is characterized by a hitter having consistent a quality at bats.

By manipulating the visual cues along the path of the ball in real time coaches and instructors are able to offer their hitters brain an absolute depth value quicker that naturally possible.   Since time and space are equally represented in the brain, affecting one, affects the other. This explains why hitters express the behaviors associated with better discipline and timing while Vflexing.   The two are inseparable because they are derived from the space / time continuum.  If you manipulate "real space" in "real time" you will reap the benefits of "real results". 

Keywords: stereopsis, depth perception, distance perception, tangible depth, 3-D

 

 

 

 10/22/14

3D Ehancement:  Hitters can "experience" vision with a little help. Palpable volumes of empty space where things will appear more solid, vibrant and real. The ball will appear more round and more solid than any ball they have ever seen. Seeing clearer requires a "real separation" in depth. This greater realness can be achieved during batting practice using the correct training devices. The brain can creates it's own interpretation of 3D naturally but we can enhance that image by V-flexing. Control the forces that affect the brain through the eyes or they will control you.

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10/3/14

On The Brink....

There is a boundary line that exist between faith and sight.... Bringing pitchers and hitters to the brink of sight requires stimuli and not imagination or mental visualization. Brain training is done below the threshold of sight. The rectangular image that you see doesn't exist on your retina or on the field, it can only exist in your brain. Training your hitters and pitchers according to the fundamentals of neuroscience is the fastest way to peak performance.

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The brain can be taught detect information below the threshold of sight more accruately than it's presently does.  Assistance given correctly will be expressed in a behavior.  The behaviors  trained while V-flexing are early pitch recogntion and strike zone discipline or awareness.   

Emails like this one from Mary in Colorado are examples of how V-flex training is expressed in game day performance. Mary was the first person in Colorado to take a leap of faith and purchase V-flex.  Here willingness to change her approach paid off.  

Date: 10/2/14

Just an fyi about our season....  

So, last year we played in 13 tournaments but had only 1 championship trophy,  6-2nd places and 6- 3rds.  This year after using the Vflex (13 tournaments)  We won 6 tournaments including "State Championship", came in 2nd 3 times and  3rd – 3 times 

Contact percentage went from .835 to over .930 by end of season; Team batting avg was .398, our lowest avg on the team .378 

We have recommend V-flex to the other thunder teams and have been asked by other teams in Colorado"How we got so good at hitting the ball hard and we consistanatly hit extra base hits"?  

Thanks !!!!!!

Looking forward to another great season this year!  

Mary Schroeder ; CS Thunder 18

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Louisville Stunners

The Louisville Stunners are a premier V-Flex trained team. They are coached by Dr. Les Anderson.  Les is a certified V-Flex instructor that takes his neurology very seriously.  His hitters are breaking records like they are going out of style.  There is no doubt that Dr. Anderson's hitters will be highly recruited in the near future.  Their accolades include:

Received berth to ASA 14U A Nationals

Received berth to PGF 14U Premier Nationals

Runners-up to OH Classics 99 at Laser Nation

Accepted berth to ASA 14U Nationals in San Diego

Dr. Anderson is quoted saying,  " V-Flex and the philosophy of hitting the V has increased our offensive output by 25%.  We see the ball better, make better decisions, and simply put the barrel of the bat on the middle of the ball more often"

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NCAA Softball Teams V-Flexing...  Chasing the Prize!

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It has been an amazing 2014 summer and fall for V-Flex.  Outstanding softball programs from coast to coast have purchased our system and are V-flexing daily.  There is a more intelligent way to train pitch recognition and the innovators within the industry are applying the fundamentals of neuroscience rather quickly. 

NCAA coaches are using (applied neuroscience) in practical ways to improve offensive output and overall quality at bats.   It is amazing how much progresss is being made by teams that V-flex.  The new kids on the block in 2014 include:  Team USA, Stanford, Kentucky, LSU, Nebraska,Mississippi State,  New York, Maine, North Dakota, Drake, Kansas, Texas A&M, Eastern Carolina Univ., Portland State, Univ. of Alabama; Huntsville, Houston, Lee Univ., Truman State, Bryant Univ. Detroit Mercy, MTSU, Louisania Tech, Liberty Univ,  Mansfield Univ., Evangel Univ., Illinois, and Georgia Tech just to name a few.  High schools and competitive travel ball teams are also catching on quickly to the benefits of V-flexing and purchasing pieces according to their specific needs offensively. 

Volunteer High School, Church Hill, TN

E-mail from Head Softball Coach, Jackie Strickler 5/28/14

Tim,
    I wanted to let you know that the VFlex has really improved our hitting at Volunteer (36-10).  We broke the HR record by 15 and our strike outs was fewest in school history.  We were undefeated in conference play, Region 1 Champs, and missed the state tournament by 1 game (tough loss to Maryville).  Thanks for getting us on a very solid product that has proven results. When you have time, I would love to see what new products you are developing.  
Thx..

 

2014 NCAA Softball Tournament

Congrats to all of the teams V-flexing that made the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  

Overview: Division I Championships and Conference Champs (NCAA Softball) 

Georgia-       SEC

Oregon-        PAC 12 

Oklahoma-    Big 12 

DePaul-        Big East 

Louisville-    American 

SDSU-            Mt. West 

Wichita St.-  MVC 

Coastal Car.- Big South 

Division I Note:  V-Flex teams that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament includes Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Washingtion, Baylor, Texas A&M, South Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, SDSU, Oklahoma, DePaul,and Louisville. 

Division II and III Note:  V-Flex teams that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament includes Univ. of Missouri-Saint Louis, Valdosta State Univ., West Chester Univ., Ohio Dominican Univ. Georgian Court Univ., St. Edwards Univ., and Western Conn. State Univ.  

How to Spot a Gimmick 

Oct. 7, 2014

Gimmicks have been a  plague upon baseball and softball for many years.  They waste precious time and effort without producing results and undermine the very fabric of scientific advancement.  They are everywhere! No matter which direction you look, some company is trying to sell something that doesn't accelerate the learning process.

The driving force behind the gimmick market is an insatiable quest for peak performance by parents, players and coaches. There is nothing wrong with wanting to master a skill and being willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to achieve it.  However, recent advancements in neuroscience are putting an end to the era of the gimmick. It's a great time to be a consumer.  Advancements have made it much easier for parents and coaches to make informed buying decisions.

From the pros to the little leagues everyone is looking for an edge. Gimmicks aren't the solution, they are the problem.... Spotting them is easy if you have a basic knowledge of neuroscience, if not, you are in for a rough ride. Your purchases will be based on something purely speculative.

Here are some of the most common trainers on the market.  Do you know which of these are gimmicks? Batting tee, tennis ball machines, pitching machines, video enhanced pitching machines, ball on a string, ball on a stick, video game simulation, video analysis programs, pitching targets, pitching strings, pitching tunnels, and the list just goes on and on. 

My hat is off to the designers of these training devices.  They continually upgrade and improve their pieces and programs.  Pitching machines are the best I've seen in my lifetime.  They change speeds and locations with nearly flawless execution.  Most of the above are state of the art pieces of equipment but hitters and pitchers brains aren't responding with more quality at bats.  As a matter of fact batting averages in the MLB continue to fall and poor pitch selection continues to rise. The product types mentioned above are no doubt patented but design patents are granted because specific devices perform a specific functions, not because they produce a specific results. 

So, are the products mentioned above gimmicks or not?  They are not by technical definition gimmicks because they perform their entended functions well.  Its more than obvious that most companies know how to build technologically superior devices. The thing they can't do is build one that is brain compatible.

You may pay big dollars for your training tools and love the way they make you look and feel, but that doesn't mean they have the ability to alter performance consistently across all age and skill levels of learning.  Sadly, we've come to the age to where if "you” believe it works then it does. That type thinking will only take you down other dead end roads.

Improving game day performance requires training that goes beyond common sense principles of baseball and softball.  At the heart of all complex skill and behavioral training lie complex interactions between light and matter.  Learning and performance are part of an orchestrated process that requires specific things take place within the brain during practice for performance to be enhanced during games.  Spotting tools that are brain compatible can be a daunting task if you are a serious competitor.  Don't compromise or settle for anything less than tools that incorporate applied neuroscience fundamentals.  "Keep it real", use neuroscience in its original format so the brain can apply new modifications in real time on the field of competition. The human brain is so brilliantly efficient we owe it our best. 

Hitting and pitching products that produce measurable, sustainable results break from conventional wisdom and conventional application practices. Designers and engineers of training aides that shape future brains will need to design products with a little quantum, a little bit of wave, a moderate amount of electrodynamics  and a lot neurochemistry if they are going to grab the attention of a modern brain. Ultimately, if a product doesn't manipulate certain neurotransmitters and receptors that facilitate faster learning then it's use needs to be re-examined.

 

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Florida National Champions

June 4, 2014 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)   —  

Kirsti Merritt hit a 3-run homer, and Florida defeated Alabama 6-3 on Tuesday night to win its first NCAA softball championship.  The Gators (55-12) swept the championship series 2-0. Florida was the national runner-up in 2009 and 2011.  Jackie Traina, one of the nation's best pitchers, gave up five runs in 1 1-3 innings before getting pulled for Alabama (53-13). 

Florida coach Tim Walton chose not to start ace Hannah Rogers, but she entered the game in the sixth inning after Lauren Haeger and Delanie Gourley gave her a lead. She gave up one run in two innings. Merritt helped her with a spectacular diving catch in center field for the first out in the top of the seventh. 

It looked early as though Coach Walton's decision to start Haeger would backfire. After getting just one hit in the first six innings Monday against Rogers, Alabama got 2 singles in its first two at bats on Tuesday. Jadyn Spencer singled to knock in McCleney, giving Alabama its first run of the championship series. But the Crimson Tide got just one run out of the three-hit inning. 

In the bottom of the first, Florida's Stephanie Tofft cranked a 2-2 pitch with two outs over the left-field fence to tie the score. Traina threw 34 pitches in the first inning.  Florida's Kelsey Stewart knocked in Aubree Munro to give the Gators a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. After that, Merritt's homer pushed the lead to 5-1 and chased Traina.  Alabama's Kaila Hunt hit a solo shot in the top of the third to trim Florida's lead to 5-2. 

Haeger lasted three innings before giving way to Gourley, a freshman. After an error, Alabama had runners on second and third with no outs. McCleney walked to load the bases with two outs, but the Gators again escaped unscathed.  Rogers entered the game in the top of the sixth and pitched a perfect inning. Florida gave her an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-2.  McCleney tripled with one out in the top of the seventh, and Hunt knocked her in with two outs, but that's all the Crimson Tide got out of the inning. 

Ole Miss Headed to Super Regional

OXFORD, Miss. – It took extra innings and enduring a nearly two-hour rain delay, but an RBI triple in the 10th inning from Sikes Orvis propelled No. 12 Ole Miss (44-18) to a 3-2 win over No. 14 Washington (41-17-1) and into an NCAA Super Regional.

It marks the fifth time in its last nine NCAA Tournament appearances that Ole Miss has advanced to a Super Regional and the seventh time in the last nine NCAA Tournament appearances that the Rebels have played in an NCAA Regional Championship.  The Rebels will now travel to face Louisiana-Lafayette for the right to go to the College World Series.

First of all, congratulations to Washington on a tremendous year and a tremendous weekend here,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We feel fortunate, but I’m very proud of these guys that played so hard all year long. We have won all different types of games and we had to do that this week. Sam (Smith) was terrific. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a few balls early and put him in a hole and gave up a couple of unearned runs, but he got us deep enough.

“With Scott (Weathersby), you don’t see it much that a guy that comes in and squelches a rally that they had going, then sits for about an hour and a half and comes back and finishes the game,” Bianco said. “It was not just a huge hit by Sikes today, but a tremendous tournament. I’m very proud of this team.”

WCWS Preview

May 26, 2014

Oklahoma City-Softball season is nearing it's apex, which means it's time to put up or shut up! This year was remarkable and V-Flex trained teams that performed like champions all season long.  Now the 8 best teams the NCAA has to  offer will meet in OK City for a week of war.  Four of the top eight trained pitch recognition and plate discipline from a brain based approach.  Oregon, Baylor, Oklahoma, and Florida are all V-Flex competitors capable of wearing the crown but there can be only one.  V-Flex Sports wishes them all the best.  They have shown great resilience throughout the entire season and they will be hard to beat. 


There were 7 V-Flex trained teams in the NCAA Super Regional.  Baylor, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, Washington and Oregon.  Six of the 7 went head to head and regretfully someone had to loose.  The value of superior pitch recognition and plate discipline can't be over stated when your in the hunt for a championship. 

Hitters aren't perfect and eliminating every bad choice isn't possible but V-Flex teams are on average 30% more proficient at identifying which pitches to hit and which pitches to pass on.  Check out how V-flexing teams performed in 2014 on the "Results" page. 

 

Ole Miss/ Western Division Champions

May 17, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Rebels left nothing to chance on Friday night, claiming the SEC Western Division Championship and locking up the second overall seed in next week’s SEC Tournament as No. 11 Ole Miss (40-15, 19-10 SEC) defeated Texas A&M (32-23, 13-16 SEC) by a score of 4-2 at Blue Bell Park.

With the win, the Rebels clinched the weekend series and posted a 40-win season for the first time since 2009. It is the fifth 40-win season under head coach Mike Bianco in his tenure and sixth all-time. With a win tomorrow in the series finale, Ole Miss can set the school record for wins in the regular season and tie the school record for SEC wins in a season.

“I’m really proud of our team and our effort tonight and this season,” Bianco said. “It’s our first championship in five years since we won the league in 2009. I’m proud we went out and won things on our terms.

It is really exciting to walk into the Ole Miss batting cage area and see this posted on the wall.  Congrats from V-Flex on a job well done.  Swinging at strikes is a proven way to win Championships.  Next stop Omaha!  Good Luck.

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Power Conference Teams on V-FLEX

May 16, 2014

Southeastern Conference:

1. Georgia Bulldogs

            The Georgia Bulldogs set outside the top 10 rankings for most of the year. However, with consistent defensive play and unbelievable offensive output, the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance in a powerhouse SEC! Entering the SEC tournament a 4-seed, the Bulldogs collected wins over Florida and Alabama to face Kentucky in the championship game and proceed to its first SEC championship! Although pitching and defense wins championships, those factors are null if you can’t score. And scoring is one thing Georgia can do! Georgia has one player tied at the top of the home run leader board with 23; pretty impressive for a sophomore! Although Georgia is a fairly young team, being on V-Flex has showed their offense is just as good as any in the country!

BA- .310 (+101)           Runs-339 (+200)         Hits-438 (+153)           HR-81 (+42)     SO-230 (-141)

 

2. Florida Gators

            Don’t be fooled, the Gators still have plenty of chomp left for the post season! And feeding the Gators a hefty diet of V-Flex has once again placed the Gators on the road the WCWS! Florida has stayed atop the polls in the top 5 most of the year and for good reason; they can flat out swing the bat! But that’s easier said than done in the SEC! However, Florida is just another testament of what superior strike zone discipline can do for your players and your team! These stats are reason why Florida has tied down the #5 national seed in the WCWS!

BA- .306 (+106)           Runs- 382 (+257)        Hits- 443 (+175)          HR- 76 (+46)    SO- 266 (-51)

 

3. Tennessee Lady Vols

            Yes, the Lady Vols lost some key players coming into this season. Yes, the Lady Vols have several young players on their squad. And yes, they still led the SEC in five offensive categories late in the season with this team! How’d they do it? On V-Flex! Coach Ralph Weekly reiterated that he wasn’t letting his team miss out on getting the most out of using V-Flex! Tennessee’s impressive offensive numbers, like Florida and Georgia, are eye opening due to the elite teams that Tennessee plays week in and week out! The only thing consistent in softball is inconsistency. But teams on V-Flex have found that consistent output every time they step to the plate! Hence the reasons the Lady Vols are the #10 national seed and looking to avenge last year’s runner up in the WCWS! Only this year they’ll be packing V-Flex!

BA- .320 (+118)           Runs-334 (+196)         Hits- 439 (+186)          HR- 70 (+38)    SO- 262 (-112)

 

PAC-12 Conference:

1. Oregon Ducks

            If you haven’t seen Mike White’s Ducks play, you’re missing out! If you missed celebrating Independence Day, just watch the Ducks play a game and you’ll see plenty of fireworks from the bombs they’ve been hitting! With the Ducks landing the #1 seed nationally in the WCWS and in the NFCA Top 25, the Ducks are favored to make a historical run at a national title! And if you’ve seen their offensive stats, you’d highly agree! Their high powered offense brought home their second straight PAC-12 Title and Coach of the Year honors for Mike White! Assuming the Ducks have several more games ahead of them, they are on pace to have over 600 hits in one season! These numbers of hits come by discipline and pitch recognition, something Oregon has instituted by using V-Flex in their offensive game plan! After all, ducks do fly in the shape of a V!

BA- .347 (+136)           Runs- 398 (+259)        Hits- 527 (+236)          HR- 59 (+28)    SO- 223 (-177)

 

2. Washington Huskies

            The Huskies have set back in stealth mode all year. They haven’t been flashy, they haven’t been loud, they’ve been consistent. And being consistent has its dividends! The Huskies are the #12 national seed in the WCWS are looking to do what they did in 2009; win a championship! Washington is poised with a great pitching staff and a stellar defense but it’s their offense that has the bite and might surprise you if you’re not careful! Their first year on V-Flex has shown some great promise and has the Huskies well-disciplined at the plate and ready to attack at any moment on any pitch; something that championship teams all have in common.

BA- .326 (+100)           Runs- 291 (+190)        Hits- 395 (+153)          HR- 43 (+19)    SO- 214 (-49) 

 

BIG 12 Conference:

1. Oklahoma Sooners

            The Oklahoma Sooners have one thing on their mind; REPEAT! The 2013 National Champions would love nothing more than to be holding the WCWS trophy at the end of the year for their second straight national title! Although replacing a world class pitcher from the team that previously won it is a challenge, the Sooners have fought thru adversity and found a way to keep on winning. Early on in the season, the Sooners struggled to find its identity in the circle. But while the search continued, one thing stayed the same and kept Oklahoma in the hunt and in the top 25 all year; that was their offense! But this is no ordinary offense that the Sooners have this year. This is an offense that is training on V-Flex! V-Flex is a hitting system that prompted the coaches at Oklahoma to state that during intra-squad games, “We can’t get our hitters out!” And the same effect has rolled over into the regular season. Why? V-Flex trains pitch recognition and strike zone discipline in a way like never before, and the results are just the same. Teams that have been using V-Flex have put up offensive numbers like they’ve never done. And more importantly, it’s been consistent. The Sooners just wrapped up the regular season as Big-12 Champions and earned a #7 national seed in the WCWS!

BA- .318          Runs- 393        Hits- 440         HR- 71             SO- 244

 

2. Baylor Bears

            The Baylor Bears are on a mission if you haven’t noticed. The Bears have hovered around the top 10 all year and were a few games away from taking the Big-12 title this year! Their pitching staff and defense have positioned the Bears as the #13 national seed in the WCWS but their offense is something very similar to that of rival Oklahoma. The Bears offense has been at the top of the Big-12 all year and expects that to carry over into post season. With V-Flex as a tool in their offensive game plan, the Bears are looking to get back to championship round in Oklahoma City and their numbers while using V-Flex this year will certainly let you know why!

BA- .309          Runs- 303        Hits- 452         HR- 65             SO- 208 

 

*The (+) in parenthesis indicate more than opponents.

*The (-) in parenthesis indicates less than opponents.   

 

Congratulations to all of the teams V-flexing that made the 2014 NCAA Tournament!
 
May 14, 2014
 
Overview:    
 
Division I Championships and Conference Champs (NCAA Softball)
 
Georgia-       SEC 
Oregon-        PAC 12 
Oklahoma-   Big 12 
DePaul-         Big East 
Louisville-    American 
SDSU-            Mt. West 
Wichita St.-  MVC 
Coastal Car.- Big South
 
Division I Note:  V-Flex teams that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament includes Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Washingtion, Baylor, Texas A&M, South Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, SDSU, Oklahoma, DePaul,and Louisville.
 
Division II and III Note:  V-Flex teams that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament includes Univ. of Missouri-Saint Louis, Valdosta State Univ., West Chester Univ., Ohio Dominican Univ. Georgian Court Univ., St. Edwards Univ., and Western Conn. State Univ.  

 

 Salvatore Lab at LSUS

April 30, 2014 Shreveport, LA

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The Salvatore Neurology Lab is a perfect fit for V-Flex.  Dr. Michael Salvatore has dedicated his life to finding cures and treatments for Parkinsonism, Bradykinesia and Parkinson's Disease. Our meeting this week has infused his research with new approaches to treatment experiments. V-Flex is showing great promise toward being beneficial in the research process because of the way it effects the brain's sensitivity to stimuli. The impact V-Flex has on not swinging at bad pitches is undeniable and well documented. The race to find alternative treatment options is on and failure is not an option!!  

 

 

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Less Is More:

For decades players and coaches have subscribed to the notion that more is better and bigger is better.  Coaches have tried to outwork their opponents and this drive to success has fueled the rat race to get to the top of a long list of hopefuls.  With recent NCAA guidelines in place for restricting avaliable practice time there is an ever increasing value being placed on time and it's availability. Coaches are now forced to conserve time and use it more wisely.  

With that in mind, think about the brain and how it always adheres to strict guidelines for energy, space and time conservation so we as humans don't run out of energy everyday around 2:00 pm.   The brain is the most efficient working entity in the known Galaxy and if we listen to it, it will teach us how to structure our lives and batting practice so we can get more from less.

Currently, hitters that aren't training on V-Flex are using their time inefficiently because they are using a 1:1 ratio for data input and output.   Therefore they are forcing the brain to be inefficient.  During batting practice the brain is transporting visual data from one location to another and by allowing it to carry it's minimum amount of data along the transportation line we are effectively under utilizing brain space.  In essence, the ship transporting the data isn't fully loaded.  If we want to maximize energy, space and time then we must place more visual data in the ship before it leaves port.  Because, once the swing takes place the brain has an obligation to deliver the data instantly so nothing gets lost in transport. The truth is that the eyes and brain can process much more information in less time if we condition them correctly.  The new tools of the coaching trade are neurotransmitters.  The new approach is, create a conditioned stimulus and you will get a conditioned response.  * If you want your hitters to swing at strikes then you must manipulate how pitches are presented during bating practice.

The visual assistance offered to the brain during batting practice by V-Flex conditions the hitters neuroreceptors to receive more information from the conditioned stimulus.  While this is occurring the brain is also becoming less sensitive to weak signals.  This is where the advantages are gained by training with V-Flex.  Altering the sensitivity between balls and strikes inside the brain is truly revolutionary.   Coaches that are willing to make some adjustment philosophically can utilize time more effectively during practice.  The brain guarantees it!   One swing while V-flexing far exceeds one swing without it simply because V-Flex triggers the neurotransmitters to send additional information to the receptors during the swing.  

Learning doesn't have to be hard.  Simply approach new knowledge with an open mind and begin exploring new possibilities.  

Hog Wild......

March 13, 2014: University of Arkansas

 

Ole Miss B'Ball "Rebels Lead the Way"

Feb 9, 2014: University, MS

It has been an unbelievable Feburary for V-Flex Sports.  The pace of production at the V-Flex manufactuing facility has been blistering and the guys have been working overtime to keep up with demand.  SEC perennial  power Ole Miss became the first SEC baseball team to train pitch recognition using V-Flex's patented technology.  Rebels are know for breaking traditions and these guys are no exception.  The staff at Ole Miss is one that prides itself in being on the cutting edge of technology.   Head Coach Mike Bianco and assistants Cliff Godwin and Stephen Head are putting the Rebel hitters through V-Flex hitting stations daily.  The Rebels want this season to end with a trip to Omaha and V-Flex is all for that.  The Lady Rebels will also be training with V-Flex this season also.  They join 7 other SEC softball teams utilizing V-Flex to train better pitch recognition.

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Penn State Softball 

Feb 9, 2014: State College, PA

The staff at Penn State seems very  pleased with the results of their opening weekend for the 2014 season.  Hitting coach Joe Guthrie informed V-Flex by text messaging, "We have scored 26 runs in first four games so far, 26 walks and only 14 strikeouts.  Very successful debut."  Those quality at bats are what coaches are after.  Creating consistency throughout the lineup keeps pressure on the opponents defense and that is what wins games.  Can't wait to see how the Nittany Lions perform throughout this season.  They will be a force to be reckoned with come Big 10 Tournament time.  Penn State is part of a large number of teams training on V-Flex this season.  The four top spots in the the NCAA pre-season poll for 2014 has V-Flex trained teams in each spot.  #1 Tennessee, #2 Oklahoma, #3 Florida and #4 Washington.  V-Flex Sports is anticipating all 8 teams in the WCWS this year to be V-Flex trained teams.

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NFCA Convention :  Huge Success for V-Flex

December 10, 2013, San Antonio, TX

The NFCA Convention proved to be the best convention ever for V-Flex technology.  Over 700 coaches visited our booth and our sales went through the roof.  For two days coaches from around the country ask question after question about the technology.  V-Flex has now sold product in over forty states and has penetrated 36 NCAA conferences.  Univ. of FL head softball coach Tim Walton exposed hundreds of coaches to V-Flex strike zone development during his presentation on Friday and afterwards the V-Flex booth was surrounded by coaches on all sides.  

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Many coaches that have been training with V-Flex stopped by and helped promote the technology as well.  V-Flex wants to thank everyone that visited.  We certainly appreciate the added support.  Coy Atkins and Mike Larabee from the University of Arkansas did a great job of implementing V-Flex's brand of strike zone development last seaon and Steve Johnson and his staff at Utah State University have been training with V-Flex all fall.  Steve was the first person in the SEC to purchase V-Flex last seaon when he was the hitting coach at Auburn.  His first purchase as a Head Coach at USU was V-Flex!  

The visitor traffic at the NFCA Convention in San Antonio, TX was unbelievable...  It has been one week since the convention an our sales have been very strong.  The University of Oregon became the first team in Oregon to train with V-Flex.  Other NCAA teams that came on board this week include; Butler Univ.,Troy Univ., Penn State Univ., Indiana Univ., Ohio Dominican Univ., Valdosta State, St.Edwards Univ., The Kinkaid School, Bethune-Cookman Univ. and Central Methodist Univ. just to name a few.  The phone has been ringing off of the wall... and we are pleased to see brain based training finding it's place in sports and particularly in softball.  

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Univ. of Michigan Baseball Staff "Innovators"

November 11, 2013 

With winter break fast approaching the Big Blue of Michigan are in overdrive in the batting cages...Head Baseball Coach, Erik Bakich and the staff are ready to lead the Big 10 toward brain based training. Coach Bakich and Coach Nick Schnabel are relentlessly striving to make Michigan baseball a national contender.  Their approach to learning and thinking make them agents for change.  The positive energy they bring to the practice cages is amazing and something special to see.  Coach Bakich inspired his hitters to be on the cutting edge of progress and to never accept the norm.  Wish them all the best as they venture into brain based learning and the benefits that await.

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Erik Bakich and Tim in Ann Arbor.....

Michigan State Spartans Big 10 V-Flexers! 

November 10, 2013

Across the country, teams are implementing V-flex's practical approach to training pitch recognition and strike zone development.   The latest softball program is Michigan State.... The Lady Spartans are setting the pace in the Big 10 by becoming the first in the conference to purchase and inplement the V-Flex technology into daily batting practice. Offensive numbers are going to move in the right direction for the Spartans this year and V-Flex is excited to be a part of the Spartan Nation!!!

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Ninja Sports Performance Academy "V-Flexing"

November 9, 2013

V-Flex participated in a promotional clinic this past weekend in Mt. Washington, KY.  Members of the Ninja Sports Academy participated in the activities.  Owner, Brian Ching is positioning his academy for a successful future.  His business model is strong and leans heavily on long range goals and success.  V-Flex is proud to be a part of this organization.  They are the only academy in the Louisville area dedicated to brain based training and that means huge benefits for hitters in the area.  Hitters love the attention to detail that V-Flex gives them and the results from training on the technology are game changing.   Senior Jeri Bogard was the first Bullet East softball player to train with the V-Flex Front Toss Trainer and she zoned in quickly.  v-Flex challenges all hitters, baseball and softball alike, to get "outside the box" and maximize the opportunity to train on V-Flex.  Past generations didn't have the opportunty to train with V-Flex but hitters of today are living in a time where technology thrives... Hitters at Ninja will thrive!!

 

 

Oklahoma, UC Berkeley, Baylor and Harvard Join V-Flex 

 November 4, 2013 

As the winter approaches elite softball teams from across the country are joining the ranks of other NCAA teams training with V-Flex's new brain and vision technology.  WCWS 2013 Champs Oklahoma are not going to rest on their past achievements.  They are natural born leaders and will continue to set the pace in this highly competitive sport.  Berkeley, Baylor and Harvard are also well respected programs in the NCAA and are in the hunt for championships as well... Good Luck to all of our new teams! 

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Texas Rangers Introduced to V-Flex

August 14, 2013

Hickory, NC The cool morning air was filled with anticipation as Texas Rangers hitting coordinator Jayce Tingler introduced V-Flex to the Player Development personnel.  The Rangers have millions of dollars invested in the Rookies within their organization and it makes good business sense to maximize the opportunities available to them.  New hitting technology doesn't come along every day that is worthy of implementing at the professional level but V-Flex is the exception to the rule.   

Attending the event was: Senior Director of Player Development: AJ Preller, Director of Amateur Scouting: Kip Fagg, National Cross Checker: Clarence Johns, Pacific Rim Operations: Curtis Jung, Crawdads Hitting Inst. Justin Mashore and Manager Corey Ragsdale  

The demonstration lasted a couple of hours and allowed the attendees an opportunity to experience V-Flex for themselves. V-Flex technology is so new and intriguing that it is best understood with a bat in the hand.  After a couple of pitches the concept becomes clear to the participant..... the pitches coming through the V area are clear and the pitches passing outside the V area are unclear or blurred.  V-Flex wants every hitter in America to perform at their highest level of performance at the plate and training plate discipline is essential to the art of hitting.  Professionals play for keeps and they take learning and staying ahead seriously.  

Texas leads all of baseball in strikeouts and V-Flex provides them with a unique opportunity to change the strikeout culture in professional baseball.  The organizations hitting coordinator Jayce Tingler is preparing to introduce V-Flex at the instructional level in Surprise, AZ in September.   

The Seattle Mariners Double A affilate Jackson Generals have been showing steady progress while training on the system and the organization is planning to ship the training devices to the Arizona Fall League for their players to continue to use during the fall season. 

 

   

Ji-Man Choi named Southern League Hitter of the Week
Choi posted a .536 on-base percentage this past week
 

In Choi's last 14 games Choi is batting .346 (18x52) with six runs scored, eight extra-base hits (4-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR), 14 RBI and 12 walks. Since joining the Generals on June 4, he is batting .265 (41x155) with eight doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 31 RBIs. Overall this season, between High Desert and Jackson Choi is batting .304 (102x336) with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs. Choi ranks 5th in the Mariners organization in average, T-4th in home runs and T-1st in RBIs.

Choi is a native of Kwang Yeuk, South Korea and was signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He was a member of the World squad during the 2013 Futures Game in New York.

When Choi began training on V-Flex he was a little uncertain about its meaning and purpose but after the first week he began to trust the training and now he says "I like V-Flex". 

 

 Southern League:  Jackson Generals are using New Technology for Hitting Development 
Cory Snyder Interview with The Jackson Sun

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Video Link:

http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20130630/SPORTS/306300033/SOUTHERN-LEAGUE-Jackson-Generals-using-new-technology-hitting-development

July 1, 2013, The Jackson Sun

By Josh Lemons

 The Jackson Generals have recently employed some new technology to help batters recognize the strike zone earlier and if last night’s 11-run, 14-hit outburst is any indication, the equipment is making an immediate impact.

“V-Flex,” of Visual Reflex Hitting System is designed to allow the batter to see the strike zone earlier in the pitching rotation, thus leading to more quality swings and at bats.

“It’s the first brain-based trainer in the game of baseball,” Tim Nicely, president of V-Flex Technologies, said. “It is the first patented way to actually train the strike zone in the brain.

“Because we are able to change what the visual cortex is seeing, it’s sending different signals to the muscles now.”

Cory Snyder, Generals’ hitting coach, said he has been looking for a technology similar to the V-Flex system for a while now and was introduced to Nicely during a recent road trip to the Smokies.

“It’s been something I’ve been looking for probably four or five years,” Snyder said. “You can do only so many drills and most of the drills are mechanically oriented.

“When you get to the Double-A, Triple-A , big league level, it’s not all about mechanics. It’s about what’s above the shoulders.”

Snyder said the V-Flex is a way to track the ball and help recognize the strike zone.

“It helps you pick up the ball quicker, knowing if it is in the zone or not,” Snyder said. “That’s the key to hitting.

“You can have a prefect swing but if you don’t swing at strikes it’s pretty tough to put a good swing on [the ball].”

 

 

 

V-Flex Makes It's Debut in The MiLB

June 29, 2013

Sevierville, TN.  The MiLB Jackson Generals are leading professional baseball toward a brighter future in vision training and pitch recognition.  Hitting coach and former MLB great Cory Snyder began implementing V-Flex training for his players before the Friday night matchup with the Tennessee Smokies.  The Generals are young at the plate but they are looking to capitalize on better pitch recognition for the remainder of the season.mariners-5.jpg

 

Baseball Player University Features V-Flex 

May 30, 2013

Phoenix, AZ.  Thirty years ago Tim Nicely and Jeff Forney were teammates at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN. Tim went on to play at Middle Tennessee State University and became a teacher and owner of Nicely Built Hotels LLC. Jeff continued his career at Florida Atlantic and eventually got drafted and played for several years in the minors in the double-A and triple-A organizations. Fast forward thirty years. Tim Nicely is the owner and inventor of the V-Flex Hitting System; a revolutionary product that is changing the game of baseball by training strike zone development and pitch recognition. Jeff Forney has a TV show in Gilbert, Arizona, right outside of Phoenix, called Baseball Player University (BPU) and also gives hitting lessons to collegiate and professional baseball players throughout Arizona. The two haven’t met since 1983, until now.

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Baseball Player University has aired in the southwest region of the US for the last several years in states like New Mexico, California, Nevada, Texas and Arizona. But with the success of the show, Fox Sports Net has decided to launch the program nationally starting June 22, 2013.  Since late May of 2013, Tim, along with his son Chase, and Jeff have collaborated to put together five of the thirteen shows being shown throughout the summer for thirteen weeks. Every show will air live on Saturday’s at 5 ET/2 PT and re-run twice throughout each week for thirteen weeks. “This is a great opportunity for BPU and V-Flex!” states Nicely. “BPU provides an endless highway of information to college players, college coaches and professional athletes. And now with V-Flex on board, it’ll allow us to share our message of strike zone development and pitch recognition, which BPU is excited to bring to the show!”

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ESPNU Profiles V-Flex 

May 15, 2013

Lexington, KY.   It has taken some time but perserverance pays off for V-Flex.  With years of research and dedication toward bringing brain based vision training and pitch recognition to baseball and softball the tide is beginning to turn in favor of V-Flex.  As the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing Mizzo in the SEC tournament Holly Rowe featured a video piece on V-Flex...  The two 45 second clips were inforamtive in nature and placed V-Flex in the national spotlite.  The exposure has be great for the company and sales are at an all time high... Go V-Flex! 

University of Florida SEC Champs

Vision Training and Pitch Recognition Training are paying off for the young gators!

May 12, 2013

Lexington, KY.  A young Florida Gator team won its 18th come from behind victory last evening in the SEC championship game against Missouri.  The 10-4 victory was impressive and dispite their youth their discipline at the plate was that of a well seasoned team in Lexington.  Scoring 27 runs in three games made America stand up and pay attention.  The Gators have been training on V-Flex all season long and their numbers are really impressive for a young team.  The benefits of V-Flex include a strenth and conditioning component for the eye muscles which promotes equlibrium in the human visual system while neurologically building a pitch recognition element in real time during  batting practice.  Tim Walton has V-Flex in the #1 batting cage in his facility at the University. Great hitting begins with great vision and vision training.  Congratulations to Tim Walton (2013 SEC Coach of the Year).   His young team was picked to be 7th this season but he had a "different vision"....V-Flex!

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Univ. of Georgia begins Integrated Visual Training 

June 12,2013

Athens, GA. -  The Georgia softball coaches Lu and Gerry work with hitters at the Gerogia softball camp using their new V-Flex hitting system.   Gerry is working the Front Toss station Lu is pitching through the Pop Toss.  Campers were excited to participate in the first ever integrated visual training at the University  Georgia.  ga-bp.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Chester University Record Year 

May 12, 2013

CALIFORNIA, Pa.West Chester’s win over Cal in the NCAAs marks the first time in school history that the Golden Rams have won more than one game in the tournament in a season … West Chester is now 3-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … West Chester is now 2-2 against Cal this year, handing the Vulcans two of their five losses on the season … West Chester makes an appearance in the regional bracket final for the first time in school history … this is as far as a West Chester softball team has ever ventured into the NCAA Tournament. 

 Kim Murl scattered seven hits over six innings and scored a run to lead West Chester to a 4-3 victory over host and eighth-ranked California (Pa.) in the second game of the NCAA Division II Softball Atlantic Regional at Lilley Field Saturday. West Chester (36-19) advances to Sunday’s final to play whoever comes out of the loser’s bracket between Lock Haven, Chowan and Cal. That team will have to beat the Golden Rams twice on Sunday. Sunday’s eventual winner advances to next weekend’s Super Regional to take on the team that comes out of the other Atlantic Regional bracket.

“They came to play,” head coach Diane Lokey. “They didn’t seem intimidated, and I think that was the difference.” Megan Kelly hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh that stretched the Golden Rams’ lead to 4-2. That run proved crucial as Cal (37-5) came back with a sacrifice fly of its own to pull back within one. However, Devon Utterback came on to get the last three batters and earn her second save of the year. Murl (6-1) allowed three runs, two of them earned, and did not walk a batter or strike out a batter. After Cal’s leadoff hitter, Natalie Wideman, reached on a single to center and moved up to second on an error, head coach Diane Lokey went to Utterback. The senior righty got Natalya Smarra to fly out down the right field line that moved Wideman over to third. Erica Vallecorsa flew out to left, scoring Wideman, before Shelby Lia struck out swinging to end the game. Cal scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out, two-run double by pitcher Alex Sagl (19-3). However, West Chester answered with back-to-back home runs in the top of the second by Jill Murray and Erin Quense to take a 3-2 lead. Murray smashed a two-run shot to center off Sagl to initially tie the game. Quense then followed with a bomb of her own a little to the right of Murray’s in center, giving the Rams the lead for good.

The Golden Rams got just three hits in the ballgame, but they made each one count to pick up the win. For Murl, it was her second win over Cal this season. She beat the Vulcans, 4-1, in a complete-game effort during the regular season back on April 20. “Kim keeps them off balance,” Lokey said about her junior pitcher, who she seems to use at exactly the right moments. “Mixing speeds was one of the keys,” Murl said afterwards.  Our mental approach is really well right now. Earlier in the season we were a bit shaky. But, here at regionals, we have been really focused and done a good job of staying composed. “We are a confident team right now. We just need to keep putting every piece of the puzzle together and stay focused and composed throughout the whole game."

The Golden Rams began visually training and strike zone development with V-Flex in the fall and we congratulate them on a record breaking year.  Thank you John Lawson for being a coach with a vision.  Congrats! 

 

Doug Jennings / Florida Extreme Baseball

May 11,2013

Boca Raton, FL  Doug Jennings played a 21-year professional baseball career that spanned several leagues at multiple levels of baseball, including the major leagues and also the Japanese Professional League. A 1984 second-round pick by the former California Angels, Jennings was a Rule 5 Draft Pick by the Oakland Athletics who played for the team during the “Bash Brothers” era from 1988-1991, in which Oakland won a World Series title in 1989. He was also a key contributor for the Orix Blue Wave in the Nippen Professional Leagues in Japan, teaming with Ichiro Suzuki to help end a 17-year championship drought for the Blue Wave.     

 Jennings spent a good majority of his MLB career in the minor leagues, also playing for the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. He was a key member of the Reds’ 2004 Minor League Championship team and also started for minor league all-star teams. In fact, from 1988 to 1996, Jennings was a part of seven championship teams. His final championship season came in 2004 with the Long Island Ducks in the Independent Leagues, where he was a player/coach who had an MVP season while setting all-time team records for batting average and RBI. He also set an Atlantic League record with an amazing .505 on base percentage.

Doug currently heads one of Florida's premier baseball organizations, the Florida Extreme.  The newest addition to the Extreme orginization is V-Flex.  Doug is recognizised as one of baseballs most innovative thinkers his dedication to vision training benefits his players.  As a young professional player Doug trusted his vision to Dr. Larry Lampert.  Dr. Lampert and Doug have continued to exchange visual information throughout the years and when Dr. Lampert was exposed to V-Flex he contacted Doug so he could have access to the newest vision training equipment for baseball and softball players.  

Vision therapy and pitch recognition go hand in hand and the beauty of training on V-Flex is that it provides strength and conditioning for the eyes as well as provides the brain with the building blocks for developing better pitch recognition.  Dr. Lampert currently specializes in Sports Vision Therapy and his expertise has been utilized by the Sports Science segments on ESPN. 

 

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Peach Belt's Francis Marion Baseball Launches V-Flex 
 
Written on : Feburary 14, 2013
 
francis-marion-univ-art.jpgPatriot's Head Baseball Coach Art Inabinet has always been a leader and always will be a leader.  With over 500 wins to his credit, his credentials represent a life well lived and a job well done.  His latest move to adopt V-Flex as the standard for training pitch recognition is another move worthy of notarity.   Being the first head coach in the Peach Belt places him at the top of the list for being an innovator in the conference.  Hitting coach Robbie Wilson is also excited to take part in implimenting this revolutionary approach to training pitch recognition and strike zone development.  His team batted .314 last season but great coaches never get complacent.  They are always looking for an edge and V-Flex is the only proven system on the market to boost offensive output on a consistent basis.  Art and the staff are to be commended for being agents of change that will impact the Peach Belt Conference for generations.
 
  
 
 
Coastal Carolina Softball is Big South's First V-Flex Trainee
 
Written on: Feburary 14, 2013
 
coastal-carolina-softball.jpgThe progressive softball staff at Coastal Carolina University  became the first team in the Big South Conference to adopt the new revolutionary pitch recogniton system V-Flex.  The 2012 Lady Chanticleers had an exceptional finish winning the Big South Tournament and playing in the NCAA tournament.  Eventhough the Chants are 5 games into the 2013 season they are looking for ways to improve.  Teams using V-flex are seeing positive results within a relatively short period of time. Usually within a couple of weeks hitters begin to display increased discipline at the plate.  This move to V-flex training will set the CCU hitters on a path for more quality at bats as the season progresses.  Coach Kelley Green and her staff; Ali Ferrari, Kristin Erb and Jessica Forrester are dedicated to providing leadership on how to lead by example.  By choosing to train with V-Flex they are opening the door of opportunity for hitters and coaches across conference to experience something new and exciting in hitting.  They understand the challenges and benefits of being the "leader" and aren't hesitant to be the agent for change.  Way to Go Chants!
 
 
 
 
 South Carolina Becomes 5th SEC Softball Team to Implement V-Flex Training
 
Written On Feburary 13, 2013
 
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One week before the Gamecocks were set to open the 2013 campaign they began learning pitch recognition using the new and innovative V-Flex Hitting System.   Hitting coach Calvin Beamon spent all fall and winter working on hitting mechanics and throwing batting practice but he was searching for something to assist his hitters in becoming more disciplined at the plate. Head Coach Beverly Smith gave Calvin the go ahead to implement the system and they are off to the races.  Collegiate level athletes response quickly to the training so the Gamecock hitters could tell instantly that something was very different about V-flex training.   If the seaon opening weekend  is any indication of how the rest of the season will unfold it will be a solid year for the University and a dramatic finish.  They collected 4 wins and scored in double figures each game.  They walked a total of 19 times  while having 49 hits and only 9 strikeouts.   Calvin had been aware of V-flex for several months but wasn't sure if it could hold up to its reputation of being the only pitch  recognition system on the market to produce consitent numbers showing the impact of better pitch recognition in game situations.  V-Flex is a game changer and when teams open their minds, new and exciting things happen.  The staff of Beverly Smith which includes Lisa Navas, Calvin Beamon, Laura Trout and Kaela Jackson is full of promise and the fans of the South Carolina Lady Game Cocks will be treated to some exceptional softball this season and many to come.
 
 

Marty Rubinoff V-Flexin'

April 4, 2012

marty-at-computer.jpgWaco, TX.- Of all of the baseball and softball hitting insturctors out there few have the knowledge and expertise of Marty Rubinoff.  Marty is in a class of his own as an instructor and intellectual.  His hitting facility "Field of Dreams" in Waco, TX looks as much like a library as it does a hitting facility and he uses it for both.  He's written many articles in his lifetime but now he is carving a new chapter into landscape of hitting instruction without pinning a word.  His actions are telling the story and it is impressive.  Tim recenlty visited Marty and caught him training with V-Flex and studying the technology that supports V-Flex. Marty is an eternal learner and enjoys pushing the barriers of knowledge.  Learning is what keeps Marty young V-Flex technology presents him with an ongoing challenge to understand the brain and how it learns.   Tim met Marty at the ABCA Baseball convention in Nashville, TN in 2011 and eversince they have collaberated on V-Flex training techniques.  The main objective in all training is to be objective and each man has put their bias aside and moved toward a more brain based approach to training strike zone training.  Everyone benefits from a V-Flex training even the instructors. 

 

 

 

East Tennessee High School Softball

Written on: January 10, 2013

There is always excitement surrounding opening day of the East Tennessee softball season. However, there is added excitement building for the 2013 season because it will be an historic season for several schools in the region. This is the first time in history that two high school team that were trained with the V-Flex pitch recognition system will play one another. On March 11th Unicoi County and Science Hill will face off in this historic battle. It is only fitting that it would happen in East Tennessee since the concept was patented by East Tennessean Tim Nicely of Bean Station, TN. Currently there are 4 High Schools that are training on the newest in pitch recognition technology.  They include Unicoi County led by Coach Grady Lingerfelt. His Lady Blue Devils were the 2012 State Runner-Up last season. Grady etched his name in the history books for being the first high school team in the region to obtain the V-Flex system, Science Hill, Dobbins Bennett, and Volunteer all followed suit as the 2013 season approached. V-Flex Technologies Inc. based out of Kingsport, TN launched the new training system in Anaheim, CA in January of 2012 and they have sold product in 18 states and in Canada. With SEC Softball perennial powers like Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas and South Carolina training on the system it is evident that coaches like the program. Nationwide there are over 25 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences with teams using the system.

jackie-strickler-volunteer.jpgVolunteer High School Coach Jackie Strickler is very excited to be a part of brain based training because he did his Master’s thesis on the different learning style of the brain. He is very familiar with the way the brain is being stimulated as it learns a new strike zone.   He admits that for many years that he has focused on developing good pitchers and defenses but this season he is more excited that usual about putting a good hitting team on the field. He knows that swinging at strikes helps hitters develop confidence and after having put the V-Flex system in place over a month ago he is seeing the effects of the discipline that V-flex trains already.  His catch phrase when its time to take batting practice is "Girls, its time to train the brain"

 

 

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coach-higgins.jpgJerry Higgins is a coach that is on the brink of taking his girls to the next level of competition. Jerry has had several great teams in the past few years but has never reached the State Tournament. His team hit over 30 home runs last season but he isn’t resting on his teams past achievements, he want to be in the state tournament.   Just as the SEC coaches that are striving to reach the WCWS, Jerry is trying to give his hitters an opportunity to more quality at bats that will produce that state contender.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

V-Flex Training begins @ NCSU -- Wake Forest Univ. -- Duke University

Written on: December 18, 2012

ncsu-tim.jpgAs winter baseball workouts jet into full swing, three Atlantic Coast Conference teams are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.  Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with and at the college level, swinging at bad pitches is an epidemic.  Many baseball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  This scenario is prevalent of the sport from Little League to Professional baseball.    The coming of a new era in baseball is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  This new patented technology is changing the way hitters are taught the strike zone and pitch recognition. 
Veteran Coach Elliott Avent of NCSU words echoes the sentiments of great competitors across the U.S., “We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer our hitters a product that will impact their performances at NCSU and beyond. Learning to swing at strikes is a skill that is difficult to teach but is critical to the future success of our players.” Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach Tom Walters says, “Training on this system provides our hitters the necessary building blocks for becoming more disciplined at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know that we are excited to be a part of this new brain training system that represents change in a sport that is entrenched in tradition”.  V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.           V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.   Coach Chris Pollard at Duke says, “V-Flex gives our hitters an opportunity to be trained in a new innovative way at the plate.  We’re taking full advantage of the V-Flex system during our 2013 season.” wake-forest.jpg
The science behind V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Carson Newman College, Tennessee Tech University, Central Arkansas University, Berea College, UT Martin, Roane State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College and LSU Shreveport. Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10 and San Diego State University in the Mountain West, Walters State Community College in the TCCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College in the AAC.   This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
          Coach Walters, Avent and Pollard will always be recognized as leaders in the ACC for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that helps each hitter reach their full potential.  Being a leader requires insight and action and these three coaches saw an opportunity to help their players and took it.  Because of those insights, dozens of ACC hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

UT Martin and Tennessee Tech University Begin V-Flex Training

 

Written on: November 13, 2012

 

Winter baseball workouts are now in full swing and two Ohio Valley Conference teams are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.  Pitch recognition has always been a problem that players struggle with and at every level of the game.   Swinging at bad pitches is the fastest way to finding the bench as a hitter.  Many baseball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  The coming of a new era in baseball is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  This new patented technology is changing the way hitters are taught the strike zone and pitch recognition.  The inventor and developer of the lmu-3-bordered.jpginnovative technology, Tim Nicely played in the OVC back in the early 1980’s for Coach Steve Peterson at MTSU while the Blue Raiders were still in the OVC. 
UT Martin Head Baseball Coach Bubba Cates says, “Training on this system provides our hitters the necessary building blocks for becoming more disciplined at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know that we are excited to be a part of this new brain based system that represents change in a sport that is entrenched in tradition”.  V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.  Coach Matt Bragga at TTU says, “V-Flex gives our hitters a unique opportunity to excel at the plate and gain confidence in an innovative way.  We used the system the latter part of last season and we’re taking full advantage of the system during our 2013 season.”
The science and technology behind V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University,  North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Carson Newman College, Central Arkansas University, Duke University, Berea College, Roane State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College and LSU Shreveport to name a few.  Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10 and San Diego State University in the Mountain West, Walters State Community College in the TCCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College in the AAC.  This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
          Coach Bragga and Coach Cates will always be recognized as leaders in the OVC for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that helps each hitter reach their potential.  Both men are leaders and their insights provide opportunities for others.    Because of their actions dozens of OVC hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

Middle Tennessee State University Continues V-Flex Training

Written on: November 13, 2012

The Blue Raiders of MTSU are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.  Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with.  Many baseball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  This scenario is prevalent of the sport from Little League to Professional baseball.  A new era in baseball is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  Their new patented technology is revolutionizing the way hitters are taught the strike zone and pitch recognition.   This innovative technology was developed by a former MTSU graduate and baseball player that played for Coach Steve Peterson in the 80’s. mtsu-bordered.jpg
MTSU Baseball Coach Jim McGuire’s words echoes the sentiments of great competitors across the U.S., “We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer our hitters this innovative product that is impacting their performances at MTSU.  Training hitters to swing at strikes is a skill that is difficult to teach but its benefits are invaluable when trying to win championships.”  V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.  MTSU was the first team in the United States to purchase the innovative system in the fall of 2011 and in 2012 the Blue Raiders led the Sun Belt in hits.   They also had three of the conference’s leading hitters Justin Guidry, Trent Miller and Hank LaRue.  All three were in the top 10 in batting average in the Sun Belt.
          The technology and innovation of V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, UT Martin, Lincoln Memorial University, Carson Newman College, Duke University, Berea College, Central Arkansas University, Roane State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Comm. College and LSU Shreveport.    Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10 and San Diego State University in the Mountain West and Walters State Community College in the TJCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College.   This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
          Coach McGuire and Coach Peterson will always be recognized as leaders in the Sun Belt for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that will help each hitter reach their full potential.  Being a leader requires insight and these two coaches saw an opportunity to help their players and acted.  Because of those insights and actions, Sun Belt hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

 

 Four SEC Teams Begin V-Flex Training

 

Written on: November 13, 2012

Four South Eastern Conference teams are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.  Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with and at the college level, swinging at bad pitches is an epidemic.  Many softball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  This scenario is prevalent of the sport from Little League to Professional Softball.    The coming of a new era in softball is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  This new patented technology is revolutionizing the way hitters are taught pitch recognition and strike zone development.
mark-larabee-at-arkansas-mike.jpgVeteran Coach Mike Larabee of the Univ. of Arkansas words echoes the sentiments of great competitors across the U.S., “We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer our hitters a product that will impact their performances at Arkansas and beyond. Learning to swing at strikes is a skill that is difficult to teach but is crucial to the future success of our players.” Auburn Head Softball Coach Tina Deese says, “Training on this system provides our hitters the necessary building blocks for becoming more disciplined at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know that we are excited to be a part of this new brain based system because it epitomizes innovation.”  V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.   Coach Ralph Weekly at Tennessee says, “V-Flex gives our hitters an opportunity to excel at the plate like never before.  We’re taking full advantage of the system during our 2013 season.”
The science and technology associated with V-Flex was enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University,tim-walton-with-pop-toss-tim.jpg North Carolina State University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Carson Newman College, Tennessee Tech University, Central Arkansas University, Berea College, UT Martin, Roane State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Comm. College and LSU Shreveport. Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10 and San Diego State University in the Mountain West, Walters State Community College in the TCCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College in the AAC.   This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers. 
          Coach Walton,Larabee, Weekly and Deese will always be recognized as leaders in the SEC for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that helps each hitter reach their full potential.  Being a leader requires insightfulness and integrity and these four coaches saw an opportunity to help their players and seized.  Because of those insights, dozens of SEC hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

Roane State Baseball and Walters State Softball Begin V-Flex Training

 

Written on: November 13, 2012

 

With winter workouts in full swing, two TCCAA teams are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.   Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with and at the college level, swinging at bad pitches has become a huge problem.  Lots of baseball and softball careers end because of poor pitch selection.  This scenario is prevalent in both sports.  The coming of a new era in hitting is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  This new patented technology is revolutionizing pitch recognition and strike zone development.  
          Raiders Head Baseball Coach David Lane says, “Training on this system provides our hitters the best opportunity available for becoming more disciplined david-lane-8x8.jpghitters at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know that we are excited to be a part of this new brain based system because it is very innovative”.      V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.  Head Coach of the Lady Senators Larry Sauceman says, “V-Flex gives our hitters an advantage over our competition that is very noticeable. “   The purchases by the baseball and softball teams confirms that the coaches of these programs are dedicated to providing their teams with the best pitch recognition training possible.  It also establishes them as true innovators in their respective sports.
          The technology behind V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University, North wscc-jpeg-300-ppi-solid-contact-rhb-2.jpgCarolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee Tech University, Central Arkansas University, Carson Newman College, Duke University, UT Martin, Roane State Community College, and Northeast Mississippi Comm. College.  Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10, San Diego State University in the Mountain West, and Virginia Intermont College in the AAC.  This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
Coach Sauceman and Coach Lane will always be recognized as leaders in the TCCAA for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that helps each hitter reach their full potential.    Because of those insights, dozens of NAIA hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

LMU and Carson Newman Begin V-Flex Training

 

Written on: November 13, 2012

 

Winter is here and as winter baseball workouts get into full swing,  two South Atlantic Conference teams are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, ”V-Flex”.  Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with and at the college level, swinging at bad pitches is widespread.  Many baseball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  This scenario is prevalent of the sport from Little League to Professional baseball.    The coming of a new era in baseball is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.  This new patented technology is revolutionizing the way hitters are taught the strike zone and pitch recognition.
          Carson Newman College Head Baseball Coach Tom Griffin says, “Training on this system provides our hitters the necessary building blocks for becoming more disciplined at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know that we are excited to be a part of this new way of training pitch recognition that represents a big change in a sport that is filled with tradition”. V-Flex showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.   Coach Jeff Sziksai at LMU says, “V-Flex gives our hitters a unique opportunity to excel at the plate like never before.  We’ve invested in our hitters and we will benefit from the investment during our 2013 season.”
lmu-3.jpgThe technology of V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Duke University, UT Martin, Central Arkansas University, Berea College, Roane State Community College, Northeast Mississippi Comm. College, and LSU Shreveport.  Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10 and San Diego State University in the Mountain West, Walters State Community College in the TJCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College.   This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
Coach Griffin and Coach Sziksai will always be recognized as leaders in the SAC for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that will help each hitter reach their full potential.  Being a leader requires insight and action and these two coaches saw an opportunity to help their players and took it.  Because of those insights, dozens of SAC hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

Northeast Baseball and Softball Begin V-Flex Training

 

Written on: November 13, 2012

 

Now the work begins, as winter baseball and softball workouts begin, two of Mississippi’s perennial powers are taking advantage of the new strike zone development program, “V-Flex”.   This new patented technology is revolutionizing the way hitters are taught the strike zone and pitch recognition.  Pitch recognition has always been something that players at every level of the game struggle with.  Many baseball and softball careers end because of poor discipline at the plate.  This scenario is prevalent of the sports from Little League to Professional baseball.    The coming of a new era in hitting is being ushered in by V-Flex Technologies Inc. of Kingsport, TN.
          TTigers Head Baseball Coach Kent Farris says, “Training on this system provides our hitters with a unique opportunity for becoming more disciplined at the plate.  Also, we want our players to know we have invested in their hitting future by investing in the V-Flex Hitting System”.  V-Flex Technologies showcased the system in Nashville, TN at the 2011 ABCA Convention and won” Best of Show”.  In 2012, V-Flex Technologies launched the new innovative pitch recognition system at the 2012 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Since March 1, 2012 they have grown at an exceptional rate.  V-Flex is already in over 20 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA conferences across the USA.  jody-long-nemcc-300ppi.jpgHead Coach of the Lady Tigers Jody Long says, “V-Flex gives our hitters an opportunity to excel at the plate like never before.   Our girls have been using the system for only two weeks and we are already seeing improvements.  We are taking full advantage of the system during our 2013 season.”    The purchase by the baseball and softball teams confirms that the coaches at NEMCC are dedicated to providing their teams with the best pitch recognition training possible.  It also establishes them as true innovators in their respective sports.  
          The technology behind V-Flex was strong enough to bring Tony Gwynn on board as the company’s premier spokesman. Baseball teams already training on V-Flex include Gwynn’s Aztecs at San Diego State University, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee Tech University, Central Arkansas University, Carson Newman College, Duke University, UT Martin, Roane State Community College, and Northeast Mississippi Comm. College.  Some powerful softball teams have already adopted the program as well and include the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University in the SEC, Univ. of Louisville in the Big East, Univ. of Michigan in the Big 10, San Diego State University in the Mountain West, Walters State Community College in the TCCAA in Tennessee and Virginia Intermont College in the AAC.  This past spring the universities of Louisville and Tennessee each had over 205 fewer strikeouts than their opponents and put up some amazing offensive numbers.
      Coach Farris and Coach Long will always be recognized as leaders in the MACJC for being the first to provide their players with a brain based innovative system that helps each hitter reach their full potential.  Being a leader requires insight and action and these coaches and their staffs saw an opportunity to help their players and took it.  Because of those insights, dozens of NAIA hitters will benefit in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

UT Softball Wins SEC Eastern Division

 

Written on: May 13, 2012

 

The UT Lady Vols are heading to the SEC tournament as Eastern Division Champs and #2 Seed in the Tournament.  After compiling a record of (45-9, 22-6 Southeastern Conference) the Vols are poised to make a big impact at the tourney.  They have great pitching and solid defense and a V-Flex powered offense capable of generating big numbers offensively.  At the end of regular season play the Lady Vols showed a distinct V-Flex advantage over their opponents:
          +.116 Batting Average, +129 At Bats, +193 Runs, +189 Hits, +27 Doubles, +8 Triples, +19 Home Runs, +169 RBI, +289 Total Bases, +98 Walks, -195 Strikeouts.
          Training the strike zone is much different than teaching it.  Once a team understands the concept of strike zone awareness the next practical step is to train it.  Training the human brain to be aware of the invisible strike zone is much like teaching a pet how to recognize the invisible fence.  In order for the brain to learn the parameters of the strike zone it has to be conditioned (V-flexed) on a regular basis so it can build a better representation of the best possible pitches to hit.
          The Tennessee team began using the V-Flex Hitting System in October.  Ralph and Karen Weekly recognized during the initial demonstration of the system that V-Flex did increase their team's awareness of the strike zone.  They were cautiously optimistic during fall practice that this new way of training the strike zone would generate the result at the plate needed to win a World Series.  Both were willing to trust their instincts and became first team in the SEC to implement the V-Flex pitch recognition system.   They joined an elite group of individuals that are innovators and leaders in their sport and in their conferences.
          The list of early adopters is quite impressive and includes Tony Gwynn at SDSU, Tom Walter at Wake Forest, Sean McNally at Duke University, Steve Peterson at MTSU, Sandy Pearsall at the University of Louisville Softball, Kathy Van Wyk and Stacy Nuvman at SDSU Softball, Jeff Sziksai at Lincoln Memorial University and Ron Eastman at The Woodlands High School in TX, 2006 National Champions.   They represent progressive programs that are in the hunt for championships on a regular basis.  V-Flex is now in the following conferences: The Mountain West, ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, SAC, OVC, Big South, TJCAA Big Ten and the Big East.

 

 

 

UT's Raven Chavanne Receives National Honor

 

Written on: May 7, 2012

 

Raven was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week (5/1) and the SEC Player of the Week (4/30) after hitting .833 (10-for-12) combined against Tennessee State and Ole Miss.  Chavanne currently leads the Southeastern Conference in overall batting average (.439), rates second in hits (65), third in stolen bases (28), seventh in on-base percentage (.503) and is tied for ninth in runs scored (39) despite missing nine contests in 2012 because of injury. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native is currently on a streak of reaching base successfully over a career-best 33 consecutive games, dating back to March 11 against #3/4 Florida, and also leads the Lady Vols in multi-hit efforts this season with 23.  Head Co-Coach Ralph Weekly said Raven was one of the biggest benefactors of the V-Flex hitting system on the Lady Vols team.  Having struck out 20 times in 2010 and 24 times in 2011 Raven struggled with strike zone awareness and pitch recognition.  At the end of the 2012 regular season she only has 4 strike outs. The entire Lady Vol team put up some impressive offensive numbers so far this season and since implementing the V-Flex hitting system last fall their awareness of the strike zone has been stellar.

 

 

 

Duke University Blue Devils

 

Written on: April 16, 2012

 

V-Flex doesn't teach the strike zone it trains it!
          Duke prides itself in being at the forefront of technology and change and Coach McNally and his staff epitomize the spirit of innovation which Duke is known for, whether its medicine or sports, the University embraces the opportunity to fill the leadership role. When the staff at Duke became aware of the V-Flex hitting system it took them only a few days to analyze its features and benefits. V-Flex inventor Tim Nicely said Coach McNally displayed unparalleled commitment to the new intellectual property. "Most coaches are skeptical about new technology and lack the confidence and fortitude to trust their own intelligence and judgment" says Nicely.
          When Coach McNally was asked about the impact he feels V-Flex will have on hitting he replied "It will be huge". McNally and his hitting coach Kyle Padgett both hit several rounds of bp during the V-Flex demonstration at their evening practice to get a first-hand perspective and they walked away confident V-Flex was much superior to normal batting practice. "You pick the ball up much faster and that is valuable", said Padgett. He and Coach McNally weren't only excited for the Duke players; they were already discussing how to incorporate the system into their summer camps for the area youth to benefit from their new hitting system.
          Innovators are a different breed and the staff at Duke is special because they aren't frightened of new knowledge, they embrace it. Other coaches who take the "let's wait and see" approach forego their opportunity to be a leader in a world where change is happening every day.

 

 

 

Lady Cardinals 24-0

 

Written on: April 05, 2012

 

The Lady Cardinals of Louisville, KY are on a tear. By completing the sweep of Ohio State on March 20, they became one of only 3 undefeated teams left at the Division I level of play. The wins put Louisville at the schools highest ranking ever in the USA Today/National Fast Pitch Coaches Association poll.
          The Cardinals are playing really solid softball right now and Coach Pearsall and the team put their winning streak on the line this weekend in Big East conference play against Pittsburg. They are continuing to hit the ball really well and the team at V-Flex is pulling for the Ladies of Louisville. Coaches who implement the V-Flex hitting system during the season as Pearsall did show an unquenchable desire to succeed. Getting to the College World Series will not be easy but this team has a shot.

 

 

 

Wake Forest on A Roll

 

Written on: April 02, 2012

 

Wake Forest Head Coach Tom Walter is certainly a man of vision. On March 8th he and the staff at Wake Forest became the first baseball team in the ACC to implement the V-Flex Hitting System. The Deacons were on a 10 game win streak when they began using the V-Flex pitch recognition system and they continued their winning ways for 5 more games. The progressive staff at Wake refused to become complacent and saw strike zone development as an area that can always be improved upon.
          One thing is for certain, leaders lead and Coach Walter leads by example. One day his team will look back and realize that this man put his players first. By granting them the opportunity to become the first group of baseball players in NC to be trained with a brain based hitting system, he set his team apart from others in the ACC. Competing in the ACC is requires creative thinking and hard work and the Deacons are always striving to improve.

 

 

 

University of Louisville

 

Written on: March 16, 2012

 

The lady cardinals of Louisville are V-flexing their muscles. On March 9th they became the first team in the Big East Conference to purchase the V-Flex Hitting System.  At that time they were 16-0 and are now (21-0) and ranked 14th in the country.  Coach Sandy Pearsall and the staff at The University Louisville are dedicated to making a serious run at a College World Series appearance and to do so they must continue to improve as the season progresses.   Coach Pearsall is striving for more quality at bats and the V-flex system will speed that process up and give the added benefit of more hits and better plate appearances for her hitters.   V-Flex Technologies Inc. main objective as a company is to provide teams with the tools necessary to improve pitch recognition at the plate so hitters can cut their strike outs and have more quality at bats.
          By implementing the V-Flex system after the first 16 games, Coach Pearsall confirms that coaches can implement the system without interrupting daily practice routines.  Plus, it lets her team know that she wants them to continually improve.  Better pitch recognition is serious business to championship caliber teams because one pitch can mean the difference between wearing a Championship Ring or not.

 

 

 

Record May Not Show It, But The Numbers Don't Lie

 

Written on: February 15, 2012

 

San Diego State Softball Putting Up "BIG" Numbers Early in 2012
          The San Diego State Women's Softball team stands at 3-3 after playing the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona last weekend against some of the best teams in the country. However, don't let the record fool you; this team can hit! Even though the season may only be six games in, some of the stats through the line-up will make you look twice. With a predominately young team, San Diego State is hitting the softball like any coach in America would want their team to hit; hard, really hard!
          San Diego State's team batting average stands at .315, with four of its starting nine hitting over .400 and two at a dead even .500! In the six game tournament, the Lady Aztecs have outscored their opponents 37-23 in route to hitting 12 home runs; an average of two per game! The Lady Aztecs have out hit their opponents 53-50 and walked twice as much with 20 walks to 9 walks by their competition. In 168 at-bats, the Lady Aztecs have only struck out a mere 33 times; an average of only 5.09 strike outs per game and only 1 strike out per 4 at-bats! Stats like that mean one thing; you're going to be successful!
          "When I saw those girls practice in California, I told myself 'they can hit the softball" says Tim Nicely, Owner and Inventor of the V-Flex Hitting System. "They have been using V-Flex for a while now and I've been extremely impressed with how well they have performed but still not shocked at the numbers they are putting up. Their numbers are similar to that of the University of Tennessee. They are out hitting teams, striking out almost half as many times as their opponents, walking two to three times more than their opponents and out scoring their opponents overall as well. When you can do that, you're poised to be really successful!" V-Flex is a visual reflex hitting system that helps and trains hitters on strike zone development by giving hitters different locations to understand the strike zone better. Thus far, teams like San Diego State and the University of Tennessee are showing what a benefit this system has been for them with the offensive numbers each team is putting up.

 

Hitting Academies Take Interest In V-Flex 

Written on: January 13, 2012

019-edited-perry-husband-martin-rubinoff-2.jpgAside from all the new gloves, bats, apparel and equipment that is brought out each year in baseball, hitting instructors and hitting academies are still searching for that missing piece that can put them into a league of their own. However, V-Flex Technologies Inc. may have the right ingredients to serve up a one-of-a-kind product that may very well be the key to creating solid and consistent hitters.
              "This system isn't designed for the mind, it's designed for the brain," says inventor Tim Nicely. Through twenty years of research and development, two patents and trial and error, Nicely was able to develop the only product on the market that can train the strike zone correctly. However, it's not what you may think it is. It's not an automatic fix-it-all device, rather a system designed for those who are willing to put in time and work at hitting day in and day out.  The 3-part system is designed to work on locating and differentiating between pitches that are balls and strikes at three different locations on the path to home plate.
              "It's unlike anything you've ever seen before," says Nicely, "but once you see it in action, there's no denying it works." Like most new products, there is doubt and skepticism that a product can produce results like the V-Flex Hitting System says it can do. A 40% decrease in strikeouts and 10-100 point increase in batting average is a bold statement for any product, but V-Flex has not been shy about its mission and its intent to develop well trained hitters.
              So why all the hype about V-Flex? "It's simple," says Nicely, "our approach and hitting academies approach go hand in hand. If a batter has good strike zone or pitch recognition and poor mechanics, he won't be able to hit the baseball as well as he possibly could. On the other hand, if a batter has great mechanics but doesn't have good pitch recognition and swings at balls in the dirt or up in his eyes, he's not going to be successful either." The philosophy at V-Flex is quite unique; stating its competition is the game and not other products or companies, an approach Nicely feels his team can stand on produce results that no one else has been able to produce.
              The three part training system trains hitters to recognize a strike from a ball instantly by creating an area of focus that hitters can trust as the strike zone. Hitting academies have always been crucial in developing hitters at young ages; like the old saying 'Old habits die hard', Nicely believes his system, structured with well-developed and established hitting schools, can create a new breed of hitters. "It's undeniable between the difference of a guy who trains on V-Flex and a guy that doesn't. It's night and day!" says Nicely.
              It's not often that a product comes along with such innovation and unique engineering that it truly is revolutionary in its own way. With big time academies such as Frozen Ropes and Extra Innings to the small town schools such as the K-Zone in North Carolina, Nicely feels this is a product that all academies and schools should invest in. "To me it's not about being famous or making a name," says Nicely, "it's about helping the kids that play this great game of baseball get better. I believe this system can help anyone do that if they are willing to put in the time and effort to become successful."

 

 

Tony Gwynn Does V-Flex Demonstration 

Written on: January 10, 2012

083-tony-and-crowd-2.jpgIt was as if someone had found gold as the crowds gathered quickly to see 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn speak not only hitting, but the V-Flex Hitting System in Anaheim, California on January 7, 2012 at the ABCA National Convention. A legend in his time, Gwynn began to speak and lecture on why the V-Flex Hitting System works for not only his team at San Diego State University, but will work anywhere in the country. "The first thing you've got do as a hitter is recognize if it's a ball or a strike. The V-Flex helps my guys understand that part of hitting extremely quick!"
              Gwynn and his staff have been using the V-Flex Hitting System since early May of 2011 when Gwynn and inventor of V-Flex, Tim Nicely, met in western Carolina during a 3 game series to conclude the regular season for the Aztecs. "A lot of the things Tim talked about made a whole lot of sense to me" said Gwynn, "so he brought his equipment out here and from the first ball that went thru the 'V' I recognized my hitter's concentration levels were automatically raised up!"
              After the lecture by Gwynn, coach after coach and player after player jumped into the cage to hit on the V-Flex Hitting System. "It's not a product you can look at and say 'I can see it'" says Nicely, "you have to get in and hit off it to truly see the difference between a ball and a strike!" The V-Flex Hitting System is the first of its kind in that it is the first patented hitting system in baseball and also the first to identify the strike zone out in front of home plate for hitters to recognize instantly whether or not the pitch is a ball or a strike.
              As coaches hit off the system, you can imagine they were nervous hitting in front of Gwynn, and not to mention the hundreds of on-lookers that had gathered to see this system in action. Of all the numerous players and coaches that hit off the system, only one ball was hit that wasn't a strike! When that happened Gwynn asked, "Ball or a strike?" The coach responded, "A ball." Gwynn smiling, asked, "Then why did you swing at it?" "Because I'm nervous!" the coach replied. A moment that not only drew a laugh, but caught everyone's attention on how focused you had to be to see the baseball, recognize if it is a ball or strike, then decide whether to attack it or wait for another pitch. "This system is going to help my guys without a doubt because it identifies the strike zone for them. Therefore, they quit swinging at balls and start swinging at strikes! And as a coach, I'll take my chances everyday if my hitters are doing that!", Gwynn said.

 

 

 

Two Greats Meet

 

Written on: January 8, 2012

078-coach-pete-and-tony-1.jpgTony Gwynn (SDSU) and Steve Peterson (MTSU) met at ABCA booth 698 and discuss their reasons for being the first two premier college coaches to use the V-Flex Hitting System. Both are respected and admired for their accomplishments in baseball and they are once again marking the path for others to follow. Creative by nature both have always looked for ways to get better and they have been willing step out and move forward. They understand the path of least resistance isn't always the best route to take. By choosing to train using the system they have made a commitment to understand how hitters perceive the strike zone and how they as coaches can enhance the hitting experience for their players. In 2007 Coach Peterson began reading about V-Flex. Once he understood the science behind the intellectual property he told Tim that he should approach Tony and get his thoughts on the matter and after years of finalizing the manufacturing and marketing pieces he did. Now, all three are playing instrumental roles in launching baseball's first brain based hitting system. The system founded on the principles of light.

 

 

 

Tony Gwynn: Innovator / Leader

 

Written on: January 7, 2012

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This past weekend Tony Gwynn boldly walked into the V-Flex booth at the ABCA National Convention in Anaheim, CA , sat down and immediately said " ok, who has questions about V-Flex." This innovator may be out of the game but he isn't out of touch. Tony has always been willing to put in his time to be the best at what he does and the crowd at the V-Flex booth was fortunate to get to listen as this Hall of Famer explained the ins and outs of the V-Flex Hitting System. Over the course of 4 hours Gwynn discussed how San Diego State uses the system in practice and why he feels so strongly about the system. Tony is passionate about teaching younger players about hitting. With the right tools and instruction a player can understand who they are and how good they can become as a hitter. There is true tangible value in using the V-Flex Hitting System emphasized Gwynn as the crowd listen at the V-Flex booth. There is nothing like it on the market he explained as he admitted recognizing its benefits the first time he stepped into the batting cage at SDSU and saw the pitches passing through the V for himself. It only took 3 pitches for Tony to recognize the huge impact that V-Flex had on his ability to recognize the difference between a ball and a strike. Since that day Tony's team has used the system in their daily practice schedule and volunteered to support and promote V-Flex without asking anything in return. Tony Gwynn is the game's most influential innovator and V-Flex is the game's most innovative product and seeing them together in the same booth at the National Convention certainly made the crowd stand and listen.

 

 

 

Best Of Show Winner Features Unique Innovation

 

Written on: January 28, 2011

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The science behind V-Flex is very complicated, but the usability of the system during batting practice is undeniable. The inventor, Tim Nicely, sought to design a product line that would impact the "brain" and not the mind over a 22-year period. V-Flex goes beyond the conscious mind and the eyes to train the brain itself. Since baseball's inception back in the 1800's, no coach has ever taught the brain the parameters of the strike zone. But through a three-phase training system, Nicely has come up with brain based learning. V-Flex is the sum of specific knowledge derived from neurology, psychology, cellular tensegrety, ophthalmology, physics and mathematics. It addresses the core issues in hitting as in applied science by taking knowledge from the scientific community and applying it to the physical environment.
              One of the firest benefactors of the V-Flex system was Clark Wormsley of Webb School in Knoxville, Tenn. He was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008 after winning over 400 games. Halfway through the 2010 season, his team began using the V-Flex system. Clark mentioned prior to beginning the system that his players were good, but that they needed more discipline at the plate if they were going to win a state title. He had coached in several state tournaments but had never won one. In one game, the Spartans had 21 hits and zero strikeouts. In another, they had 14 hits and zero strikeouts. When Webb got into tournament play, their level of discipline at the plate was undeniable. In five charted games, his players saw 582 pitches and only swung at 7 bad pitches. When the dust settled, Webb had won the state title.
              Another big advocate of the V-Flex system is Steve Peterson, head coach at Middle Tennessee State University. "We still must teach swing mechanics verbally, but V-Flex trains the hitters' brain to swing at strikes without having to say a word," said Peterson in the Visual Reflex Hitting System book published by Nicely. "Hitters must work hard and train properly because this is no gimmick. It is a patented hitting system that fits into our daily practice schedule without a problem. Reading this book has allowed me to reevaluate some of my approaches, and I am glad I did. I am putting the V-Flex Hitting System to work because I want my hitters to get better, and if we swing at strikes, we will."