“This conference should be on the radar of every baseball performance specialist as the training culture is gearing toward hybridized coaching involving strength and skill. Where I find there is a gap is in cognitive processes.
The brain in baseball is mystifying, how an athlete thinks, how sensory-motor information is perceived and transmitted for skill execution in the competitive environment. As coaches, sport scientists and therapists we must demand from ourselves a greater understanding of how to prepare athletes for actual competition. We must prepare athletes for making mechanical adjustment and to engrain motor patterns that are efficient, support variability and result in desired outcomes.
At this conference, there are tremendous scientists and practitioners presenting new material that can add to the quality of work provided by attendees. I believe this information will help set us apart from our competitors.
As a member of the Los Angeles Angels, I see this platform as a competitive advantage as interaction with the panel of speakers is invaluable and the evidence-based work is undeniable. Some of the speakers hold faculty positions and have had their work not only stand the test of social media but also the scrutiny of the peer-reviewed process.
Scientifically-vetted information is a feature that is unique to the conference and should be valued as only 10% of coaches actually read the scientifically published material. I am eager to take from the information better ways to approach communication with athletes, how to provide better feedback, how to stimulate greater neural pathways in practice and enhance athletes’ own self-organization of movement for desired outcomes.
I have been an international athlete who played baseball semi-professionally in Australia, Germany, and Israel. The diversity of coaching science is another element that interests me about this particular conference. I personally do not want to be biased toward our North American approaches and think tanks, where some of the best sport science is coming from international thought leaders and researchers.
The Netherlands is well established in the world of baseball and continually advances themselves in the internationally. Arguably the greatest return on investment is an opportunity to educate your staff from the material presented and heighten your player development strategies.”
Ryan Crotin, PhD CSCS RSCC
Player Performance Coordinator, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim