RPP Baseball is a high performance baseball training facility located in Paramus (Bergen county), New Jersey. From the weight room to our pitching and hitting programs, we utilize the latest in technology, in a holistic and data-driven approach which allows us to assess, train and re-assess players on an ongoing basis. Our athletes are walking testimonials as to the power of our highly customized programming. Below is a summary of our extensive services for pitchers and baseball players: Continue reading “New Jersey’s Most Comprehensive Baseball Training Facility”
In my previous internship before RPP, part of my responsibilities included watching Minor League baseball games. After my first few games, I noticed a recurring trend, every player wore a Blast Motion Baseball sensor during the game. As I saw more organizations’ Minor League teams, not all had their players wear the sensors; however, the idea behind it was simple, data collection.
At RPP, we use Blast Motion sensors for the same purpose, and this allows us to help identify and develop athletes’ inefficiencies. The only difference is we do not have the ability to collect data from athletes’ in-game at-bats. Therefore, we collect data from batting practice at our facility and are still able to get a good picture of what an athlete does well, and what they struggle with.
According to HitTrax, well-hit balls are generally hit within 24″. On the other hand, a 93 mph fastball takes 1.585 milliseconds to travel those same 24” once it reaches homeplate. We’re not dealing with a lot of time and every millisecond counts. So, let’s review exactly what can happen during those 1.585 ms! First, let’s define the baseball swing plane and what it means to “be on-plane” so we’re all on the same page… Continue reading “An Analytical Look at the Baseball Swing Plane”
The Blast Motion sensor provides for two different types of angles at contact. One is the attack angle (AA, side view) and the other is the vertical bat angle (VBA, front view). Both are extremely relevant to the swing as it moves through space, but with different attributes, characteristics and implications. This article is about the attack angle, a topic with a dearth of information out there. Continue reading “Baseball Attack Angles and Pitch Descent Angles… Any Relation? YES!”
In this multi-part series on hitting, we’re going to break down hitting into several components, perhaps in ways you haven’t seen before. Today we’re going to start with the baseball swing plane and tell you about the two highly relevant things you should know. Continue reading “Two Important Topics about Your Baseball Swing Plane”
If you don’t own a Blast Motion baseball sensor, you should. We’ve been using Blast sensors for quite some time now and we are very impressed. Frankly they are very easy to use and they don’t require calibration prior to hitting. The only shortfall we discovered early on was how all the metrics related to each other, which actually prompted this internal write-up. Blast reports 3 swing quality scores, Plane, Connection and Rotation, which they also refer to as PCR. Their scores (20-80) are based on relative measurements of similar age groups and skill levels. The sensor provides 10 pre-contact metrics categorized as follows:
For eons hitting coaches have focused on mechanics, bat position, elbow position, among other topics related to hitting. As technology has weaved its way into many aspects of the game, it’s now apparent that there are two fundamental topics on baseball swing that are essential in developing a player’s ultimate potential at the plate: Continue reading “Two Fundamental Topics on the Baseball Swing”
Today, we’re going to review the Attack Angle n baseball and the important role it plays in the swing path. While everyone is focused on the Launch Angle, it often seems like Attack Angle is playing second fiddle. Sometimes, the hardest part about Data Analytics is accepting what it tells you. This article isn’t about what’s right or what’s wrong, or whether rotational is better than linear hitting (even though it is… Lol!). Thanks to Rapsodo (post-contact) and Blast Motion (pre-contact) we can now sync up the results of a “hit” and reach some decent conclusions… Continue reading “Attack Angle, Baseball’s Step-Child Metric”
As many of you know, we recently made additional investments in our hitting business by adding a Rapsodo camera system and a Diamond Kinetics SwingTracker. The combination of these pieces of equipment will allow us to substantially improve how we evaluate baseball hitting mechanics and train our players by: Continue reading “Assessing Baseball Hitting Mechanics with New Tech”