Baseball simulators are a game or program that uses virtual and non-virtual environments to help you improve your reaction time, baseball vision, and timing.
In other words, these programs can be used to rehearse success in game situations at game speeds while still maintaining the ability to control the situation and make decisions in real time.
This makes it an excellent tool for developing these skills because it allows players who are new to the sport or improving their technique with quicker iterations.
Instead of trying to develop confidence and experience at the plate by collecting reps over the course of a week, month, or full season, you can simulate a week's worth of live at-bats in 10-15 minutes of practice.
Baseball Simulators For Timing
When it comes to training your timing at the plate using a baseball simulator, there are four principles that can be trained and translated to live at-bats.
- being on time.
- having plate coverage.
- staying on the plane of the pitch early and often.
- hitting the ball to all parts of the field.
Hitting is about timing. Pitching is about upsetting that timing.
1. To hit the fastball, we have to start on time to be on time.
2. To hit the offspeed, we have to see it up, and let it travel while attacking the inner half of the ball.
3. To have plate coverage, we have to know what zones and pitches we're being selectively aggressive on.
Are we driving the ball middle-away? Thinking up the middle, or are we trying to pull something hard and with authority? The situation will dictate the type of approach we take.
To stay on the plane of the pitch, we have to understand the different types of swings. the swing changes based on the height of the pitch.
The higher the pitch, the less of a hinge at the waist, the flatter the path of the bat.
The lower the pitch, the more the backside collapses, the less flat the path of the bat.
To hit the ball to all parts of the field, we need to keep our swing athletic, using our "feel" for the bat to execute hitting with intent.
In all - hitting is about being an athlete.
Hitting a baseball is not a "looks contest."
Pursue a good swing with a high compete-level instead of a mechanically-perfect swing with a low compete-level.
These are all core concepts to hitting and timing that can be practiced and rehearsed in a baseball simulation like the Applied Vision Baseball App.
Types of Baseball Simulators
There are five main types of baseball simulators:
- Augmented reality (AR)
- Virtual reality (VR)
- Synaptic vision training (SVT)
- Mobile simulators and tablets for home use and schools.
How does a baseball simulator work?
A baseball simulator works by taking the raw video footage of a person playing baseball and using it to create an image that resembles what they're seeing on the field. The process involves three steps:
- occlusion method: Removal of all visible items in the environment, such as buildings, trees and people.
- pattern recognition: Separation of objects into categories based on size, shape and color. This allows computers to identify that two different balls are both balls because they share similar characteristics (round shape).
- working memory recall: Retrieving information from long-term memory in order to help with decision-making processes like determining where a ball will land after hitting it with a bat or catching it in midair.
Saccadic rhythm is another factor involved when you play sports games online—it's when your eyes move very quickly from one object or point of interest to another (for example, when reading lines from left-to-right across this sentence). It's important for athletes because saccades help them focus better on things happening around them instead of just staring at one thing for too long!
Why are baseball simulators important?
Baseball simulators are important because they help you to rehearse success. They allow athletes to practice their skills over and over again, giving them the opportunity to perfect their timing, vision mechanics and performance. This will help players improve their batting accuracy while also building confidence in themselves as a hitter.
As hitters, our ability to show up on time with the fastball is tantamount to elite-level hitting. One way to simplify things at the plate is to get the foot down early. The slower the feet, the slower the head. The slower the head, the better your vision. If you're struggling to adjust to high-velo, get the foot down early by training this tempo in the Applied Vision Baseball Simulator.
Simulating the impossible
The process of being a dangerous hitter at the plate entails a crystal clear image of the type of ballplayer you're striving to become.
Skill sets, mechanics, approach, role, and typical outcomes. You simulate the reality you want, always incorporating the end result. Do this long enough, here's what you can expect to happen.
You begin taking on the mentality of a hitter who already lives this reality.
What does a hitter who can compete and dominate think about from day-to-day?
What are the habits, routines, and mental conversations they have with themselves?
When we can live within the mental theatre of the ballplayer we aspire to become, our self-image transforms - which changes our behavior, perspective, and habits.
A 95 mph fastball used to seem unhittable. Plus, plus bat speed seemed unobtainable
But now, anything seems possible. By simulating the impossible - we take this vision to our batting practice sessions and plate appearances.
Increasing depth of focus
How focused are you at point-of-contact? Are you swinging with intent to do damage or just trying to put the ball in play?
Are you competing with a goal to win the at-bat or are you just trying to not strike out?
With count leverage, are you taking defensive swings or with controlled aggression?
Big, big, big difference.
Focused, present, and on time, with a high compete-level and a feel for the bat is what separates great hitters from average hitters. Again - just another skill you can sharpen with Applied Vision Baseball simulations.
Learning to relax the plate is a premium skill set. 50% of your vision is compromised at the plate when there's tension & anxiety in the body.
Forget The Stats & Just Have Fun
In a game loaded with failure, your biggest challenge as a hitter is to be confident when you’re not getting results. If the only way you’re going to feel confident is from getting hits, then you will always be a slave to your stats.
On the other hand - if you can learn how to generate confidence from things you have 100% control over like - being prepared, playing to win, making your teammates better, embracing adversity, and winning the at-bats, you will achieve freedom.
By simulating at-bats for the sake of fun instead of feeling the need to perform, we can allow our natural abilities to surface.
How Baseball Simulators Can Help You Improve
Baseball simulators can help you improve your baseball skills, vision and timing.
They can also bring back the fun when the stacks of the game seem a bit too high.
Baseball is a game and it's meant to be played. Sometimes, stimulating scenarios are a way to unplug while still participating in refining our athletic skill sets.
They're a great way to practice recognizing the pitch spin, speed, and location of various pitch types. The more you play the more it will improve your baseball skills. Baseball simulators are a fun way for any player to understand the rhythms of hitting advanced pitching and higher velocities.