Frequently Asked Questions
What is Extra Innings Analytics?
Extra Innings Analytics is an in-person and online platform that can help players reach their full potential through private instruction. What makes Extra Innings Analytics unique is that private/group instruction can occur whenever, and wherever. Extra Innings Analytics has hired trainers in several US cities to offer in-person private/group training to players. We are also very unique because we offer training anywhere and everywhere utilizing video analysis. Players can now be coached in their own backyard or from hundreds of miles away by qualified and experienced trainers. Lack of coaching, or lack of time is no longer a hindrance to getting better. Players of all ages and in any location can now take their game to the next level. Our goal is to ensure that every players gets quality coaching; and learns the fundamentals of the game of baseball.
What was the inspiration for EIA?
Extra Innings Analytics was inspired by the lack of coaching nationwide. Many youth/high-school aged do not know the basics of the game of baseball. EIA’s goal is to ensure that our clients not only know the fundamentals of the game, but also the upper-level ideas as well. Our ultimate goal is to prepare our youth players for the high-school level; and our high-school aged players for the collegiate level.We are always challenging our athletes with how to think, and how to approach different situations. EIA wants to revolutionize the game of baseball by ensuring that all players have the chance to be equipped for their next step. We want players to dominate their current level, and be prepared for their next milestone.
What should we bring to our hitting instruction?
In most scenarios the player will need to bring their bat to the session with them. Depending on if the player utilizes batting gloves they will need to bring these as well. If the lesson occurs outdoors the player will need to bring cleats. However, if the lesson takes place indoors the player should bring tennis shoes. Helmets are usually not necessary, however, we ask that players bring them just in case. EIA also encourages players to bring some sort of hydration beverage to avoid dehydration. Another item that is optional is a players sunglasses. Instructors will provide baseballs and any other equipment needed to improve in hitting. We also ask that our players bring a great attitude, and a willingness to learn and make corrections.
Do players need to wear baseball pants?
EIA does not require our players to wear baseball pants for instruction. We want our players to be comfortable in their session. However, EIA understands that shorts and sweat pants are not worn during games. Some players can practice well in shorts/sweats, and excel in baseball pants during games. However, others feel super comfortable in shorts at practice, and feel constricted in pants during games. We recommend practicing how you will play. This allows players to feel the same during instruction and in games.
What will players learn during hitting instruction?
Players will learn the fundamentals of hitting. These fundamentals include: getting into an athletic and comfortable stance, learning a proper load and foot plant, learning how to keep the hands inside of the baseball, and learning how to generate power with the upper body, lower body, and core. Hitters will also learn how to formulate a quality approach at the plate. Our instructors want our hitters to start thinking about their at-bats and learning how to adapt based on success/failure. EIA is a firm believer in having a drive the baseball type approach. Many times hitters can have a faulty mindset. For example, some hitters fall into the trap of going to the plate with the goal of “getting a hit”. This is a great goal, however, it is setting them up for failure. Hitters are going to get out, and they need to know that stepping into the box. A better approach would be to have the goal of squaring up, or hitting the baseball hard each and every at bat. This allows players to gauge their success based on a realistic goal.
What makes EIA the best hitting instructors?
Extra Innings Analytics’ ultimate goal is to provide the best instruction to players. We want our players to be fundamentally sound when it comes to all aspects of the game including fielding. Once the fundamentals are established we build upon those fundamentals by teaching the mental aspects. We begin to teach the upper-level thought processes needed to be successful in high-school and collegiate baseball. EIA utilizes research, and high quality experience to make sure that we are teaching our players the most up to date approaches. These approaches are yielding positive results for our players; and are preparing players for high-school and collegiate baseball.
How does video analysis work with hitting instruction?
Video analysis allows EIA the chance to completely break down mechanics in slow motion. This technology allows instructors to see the players problems; and then offer players solutions to fix those problems. Hitting mechanics can be broken down to look at the players load, foot plant, hand path, and follow through. Many times players have issues with one or more of these principles. When one of these principles is out of sync, all aspects are compromised. The benefit of video analysis is that it allows instructors the chance to slow down a players mechanics to see the flaw. It can be hard to see mistakes, and bad habits with the naked eye. Technology allows instructors the opportunity to catch these flaws and help players fix these bad habits.
What are the expectations for send videos?
Video needs to be of utmost quality for instructors to be able to analyze it effectively. For best results video should be taken from the side, as well as from the back. The player should be in the center of the frame, and the video should be free from blurry images. In most scenarios video from a modern day cellular phone should be adequate for instructor review. Instructors encourage 2-3 minutes of uninterrupted video with multiple reps, so that mechanics can be broken down completely by instructors.
Should players utilize weighted bats?
EIA is a firm believer in weighted bats (when used properly). Weighted bats teach players to keep their hands inside of the baseball, and to drive through the baseball. It also allows players the opportunity to gain forearm, and upper body strength. Instructors will demonstrate the proper way to utilize these weighted bats; to ensure that players are being safe while using them. We understand that even the best equipment and technology can be harmful if used improperly. If players have not used weighted bats; they should hold off until they can be trained on how to use them.
How many times should player train with instructor a week?
EIA recommends that athletes get at least one training in a week. Science shows that if you don’t lose a skill you lose it. Baseball skill is no exception to this. Players need to create perfect practice frequently to get perfect results. Once skills are mastered, it will be time to learn new skills. EIA believes that there is always something to learn in the game of baseball. Players will be refining their learned skills, in order to learn new and more advanced concepts. With this in mind, it is not wrong to train more frequently. The amount of training in a week, or month is really going to depend on the child.
Should my child be practicing during the week?
EIA firmly believes that a players success comes from their hard work and dedication. We are not a quick band-aid to a players mechanical flaws. We believe we have the nation’s best instructors, however, players have to practice outside of their training times. EIA’s goal is to teach concepts to players and ensure that they understand them. It is the players responsibility to practice those concepts on their own time. EIA suggests that players practice learned concepts at least 10-15 min/day. With this in mind the player would have practiced for over an hour at minimum before their next session.
How do I find a in-person trainer in my area?
Because EIA offers trainers in many US cities in-person training can be accomplished. To find a trainer near you, check out the trainer tab on the website. They will be listed by location and should be easy to find. You can request a lesson with a trainer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or utilizing the contact us tab. EIA will have the trainer contact you within 24 hours of your request. A trainer will contact you directly and begin the process of getting a session set up.