Fielding Training FAQ’s

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 fielding lesson?

In most scenarios the player will need to bring their glove to the session with them. Depending on if the lesson is occurring outdoors, or indoors the player will also need to bring tennis shoes and cleats. EIA also encourages players to bring some sort of hydration beverage to avoid dehydration. Another item that is optional is a players sunglasses. Most of the time these are needed if a player is getting instruction in the outfield. Instructors will provide baseball and any other equipment needed to improve in fielding. 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 infielders learn in a fielding session?

This depends on what the player is trying to work on. In most lessons instructors will teach: the basics of throwing and catching a baseball. This seems obvious however, this is the basis of fielding. Once mechanics are broken down, fielding is as simple as playing catch. Instructors will also teach infielders how to: approach the baseball in a low athletic stance, how to utilize a positive glove angle to ensure that fielders have the best chance of fielding the ball, and how to create positive momentum towards their throwing target. Player will get instruction on: how to turn a double play, how to correctly make a relay throw, and how to think through various situations in the infield. We want intelligent baseball players that are thinking two steps ahead. This will allow them to know where to throw the ball when the baseball is hit to them.

What will outfielders learn in a fielding session?

Outfielders will learn how to: judge the baseball off the bat, how to create positive angles to the baseball, how to crow hop to throw out baserunners, and how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to backing up throws in the infield. Our instructors want to teach outfielders more than just catching pop fly’s. They want outfielders to understand the importance of hitting cut-off men and keeping the baseball in front of them. Our goal is to not only develop mechanically sound fielders, but to also develop smart and proactive fielders. We want our players to be thinking ahead so that they know exactly what to do when the ball is hit to them.

How long are fielding sessions?

Fielding sessions are usually 30-60 minutes long. Many youth aged players will get 30 min of outfield, and 30 min of infield training. This allows players to be well rounded and learn the fundamentals of all the positions. High-school aged players normally key in on one or two positions; and spend the entire hour in either the infield or the outfield. This allows these players to get quality repetition in their best positions. However, instructors will be flexible and adapt to the needs of individual players. We are here to serve our players; and want to make sure that players are using their time how they want to.

What makes EIA the best fielding 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 fielding 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. Fielding mechanics can be broken down to look at the players stance when fielding the baseball. Many times players have trouble fielding the baseball because they are too high, or they are bending at the back and not the knees. Glove angle can be evaluated to determine if the player is giving themselves a chance to let the ball get into their glove. 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.

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 extrainningstraining@gmail.com, 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.

 

 

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