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 do we need to bring for our pitching lesson?
Pitchers will need to bring their gloves with them. This is the single most important item that will need to be brought. Depending on if the lesson is indoors or outdoors the player will need to bring tennis shoes, or cleats. EIA highly encourages players to bring some sort of hydration beverage to avoid dehydration. High-school players should bring bands with them if they have own them. However, most instructors will provide bands for players. Instructors will provide all other equipment for the development of skills. EIA highly encourages players to bring a great attitude, and a willingness to get better.
Do we need to bring a catcher?
EIA does not require our pitchers to provide a pitcher. Some instructors like to catch at times to see action of the ball; and to determine how the pitcher is locating. However, if an instructor is having to catch they may miss mechanical flaws. Most of our clients provide a catcher so that the instructor can focus on teaching the player.
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 pitching instruction?
Players will learn the mechanics of pitching. EIA strives to make sure that our athletes are fundamentally sound. Our goal is to create quality mechanics without creating “robots”. We want our players to be individual and unique, but have proper mechanics. Players will learn how to locate fastballs, develop high-quality off-speed, and learn how to out think an opposing hitter. We want our pitchers to have a dominating attitude, and encourage them to attack opposing hitters.
How many pitches will players throw in a session?
The number of pitches thrown will vary depending on the day, as well as the client. However, EIA wants to focus on the mechanics and being fundamentally sound. We firmly believe in quality over quantity. With this in mind players will build up to getting on the mound. Players will warm up, go through a throwing progression, do flat ground work, and then get on the mound. In most situations players will throw 25-30 pitches, with a maximum of 40 pitches. EIA is not trying to develop starting pitchers who throw 100 pitch bullpens. Instead we are striving to set the foundation of a mechanically sound pitcher.
Should Pitchers do band work?
EIA firmly believes in band work for pitchers. Bands and pre-throwing warm ups have been proven to decrease injury, and increase velocity. With this in mind EIA will always make sure a player is warmed up properly. Our biggest goal is prevention of injury. Players cannot train and get better if they are hurt. Band work has become a huge part of the life of a pitcher. With this in mind our instructors want to teach this lifestyle to our young athletes.
How long do sessions last?
Most sessions last 30-60 min. Usually players utilize the full-hour as this gives them the most time to learn and grow as a pitcher. However, the 30 minute option can be a great option for a quick refresher for players. EIA strives to teach players the fundamentals of how to pitch in the game of baseball. We try to teach players a consistent warm-up regimen to build a consistent routine. This allows players to know they have done everything in their power to be successful for that day. With this in mind 60 minute lessons are normally recommended. This allows players the time to get fully stretched and ready to pitch. However, our qualified instructors can instill these fundamentals in both the 30 and 60 minute sessions.
What makes EIA the best pitching 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 pitching. 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 pitching 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. Pitching mechanics can be broken down to look at the players delivery to the plate. Pitching is a skill that has a lot of moving parts and these moving parts can be tough to see at times. For example, many times players have trouble with momentum towards the catcher. This occurs when players fly open towards their glove side. They may also have trouble finishing down to the catcher. This can occur from players not pushing off the rubber, or not following through with their throwing motion. 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 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.