Performance

Assessment, Programming and Performance

What Gets Measured, Gets Improved!

Playing competitive baseball in New York City is different than anywhere else in the Tri-State area.

The Baseball Center NYC has a solid track record of training and assisting student athletes on their journey from little league to travel ball to high school and on to some of the most respected colleges in the United States. Former TBCNYC players have found themselves playing ball at Yale, Brown, Columbia, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University.

Time is valuable and how players spend it should be efficient and productive.

When metrics / data first started being introduced for baseball training the common question was “So What?, how is this going to help me as a baseball player?” As the tech continued to develop and the benefits became evident, the question changed to “Now What?”, meaning how does an athlete use the data to continue their long-term development.

TBCNYC has revamped its facility into an assessment, programming and performance center with our main goal being:

MAKE ATHLETE DATA ACTIONABLE

The Baseball Center NYC is now equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology in order to garner baseline assessments and track progress for performance in baseball and softball players. The combination of the assessments, drills and programs enables TBCNYC to deliver plans of action directly related to on field success.



The Baseball Center NYC Metric Combine Program

Achieving success on the baseball field begins with recognizing and addressing limitations to a player’s functional movement as well as their skill set.

Data driven results allow for the creation of a scientific road map assisting coaches and players to navigate between the necessary flexibility and mobility programming in addition to baseball drill progression needs crucial for a player’s development.

The Baseball Center NYC (TBCNYC) has joined forces with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) and TOP 100 Sports to create THE METRIC COMBINE PROGRAM.

The Metric Combine Program provides baseball and softball players a series of tests to assess and gauge functional movement patterns, rotational power on the force-velocity curve as well as baseball-centric metrics.

Assessment Process

STEP 1 Range of Motion Assessment

NISMAT will conduct a thorough ROM examination, measuring flexibility involving ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, and joints.

STEP 2 Cressey Power Test

Using the Proteus 3D Resistance Trainer, athletes will complete the Cressey Power Test, a seven-movement assessment that is an exceptional strategy to measure an athlete’s performance and identify where they are on the Force-Velocity Curve.

STEP 3 specific assessment: PITCHERS

Overseen by a TBCNYC instructor, pitchers will throw a 15-pitch bullpen session while being assessed by the Rapsodo pitching software. A pitcher’s full arsenal of pitches will be recorded and analyzed.

STEP 3 specific assessment: HITTERS

Hitters will participate in a 15-pitch batting session thrown by a TBCNYC instructor while their swings are recorded and analyzed by the Rapsodo hitting software. Blast Motion swing analyzer will also be utilized to combine pre-impact and post-impact swing metrics and real-time hitting insights.

Assessment Explanation

STEP 1 Range of Motion Assessment

Movement Patterns
Range of movement (ROM) assessment is an important strategy to increase physical-technical performance and minimize the risk of sports-related injuries.

STEP 2 Cressey Power Test

Acceleration and Strength
Testing both bilateral and unilateral movements as well counter/non-countermovement trunk rotations which closely replicate movements seen in rotational sports such as baseball and softball. The Cressey Power Test challenges the neuromuscular system to create and transfer force throughout the entire body just like you would need in athletic movements in sport.

STEP 3 specific assessment: PITCHERS

RapScore’s algorithm starts by comparing an individual pitch’s metrics to the ideal form of that pitch type. The algorithm will then take into consideration the pitch’s velocity along with horizontal and vertical movement to create a Pitch Score for every pitch type. Pitch Score can be thought of as a player’s “raw stuff” metric and is the foundation of RapScore.

Ball Movement

  • Spin axis by pitch type
  • Spin efficiency % by pitch type
  • Differentiation and relative pitch movement
  • Overall movement pattern
  • Consistency of arm slot

Pitch Design
Pitch design in baseball is the process of improving a pitcher’s repertoire by analyzing and adjusting factors like velocity, movement, spin rate, and release point. Pitch design uses data analytics and high-speed video capture to help pitchers develop their pitching delivery and movement patterns.

STEP 3 specific assessment: HITTERS

Created by Rapsodo to combat the challenges that come with analyzing various hitting data points for individual players, RapScores are designed to help players, coaches, and scouts evaluate performance, utilizing the principles of the 20-80 scale and the data collected by Rapsodo’s Baseball and Softball software.

  • Hit Outcome
  • Exit Velocity
  • Launch Angle
  • Distance
  • Video combined with specific metric collection creates an athlete’s Swing Analysis and Batted Ball Profile
  • Attack Angle
  • Vertical Bat Angle
  • Hand Speed

Programming and Development

Now that a player has been assessed, how do they improve?

1.) Movement Patterns

Flexibility and Mobility program: Mobility is often confused with flexibility, but the two are not synonymous. Flexibility is simply range of motion while mobility is strength through range of motion. Put most simply, mobility is the ability to produce a desired movement.

Improving Overhead Range of Motion, Thoracic-Spine Extension Exercises, Thoracic-Spine Rotation Exercises, Soft Tissue Work, Improving Glenohumeral Joint Range of Motion, Internal and External Rotation of the Hips.

2.) Acceleration and Strength

Rotational Acceleration and Strength program: Proteus Motion. Core stability and Baseball specific functional movement pattern program.

Power: How much force an athlete produces with his muscles during movement.
Acceleration: How quickly that force develops.

The Proteus system uses 3D resistance to provide a constant resistance no matter what direction or speed the user moves. It’s safer, faster, and more effective than traditional resistance training tools. The system also provides twice the neuromuscular stimulation compared to cables and free weights.

3.) Pitchers

Overload and Underload Training, Mechanical Movement Patterns, Velocity Development, Mound Blend, Mound Development, Pitch Design.

Off Season: Ramping Up . Trial and Error · Velocity Work · Pitch Design
Pre-Season: Focus on Execution · Command and Sequence
In Season: Scheduled Maintenance

4.) Hitters

Approach, Swing Path Design, Kinematic Sequencing, Pitch Recognition and Decision Making.

Mechanics and Sequencing
Constraint Driven Focus
Bat Path
Rhythm and Timing
Competition Focus – Live At Bats

Summer 2024 Assessments and Testing

Assessment locations: The Baseball Center NYC and Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine at Northwell Health

The Baseball Center NYC 202 W. 74th St.

Pitching . Hitting . Catching . Cressey Power Test . Programming and Development

NISM | Lenox Hill Hospital 210 E.64th St. 5th Floor

Range of Motion Testing

Combine weeks with all testing occurring at TBCNYC will take place two weeks during the summer.

Three retesting appointments (seasonal) are mandatory to participate in the program.

Contact Jason@thebaseballcenter.com to inquire about The Baseball Metric Combine Program.

Three Step Metric Combine Testing

Athletes will receive Full ROM Data, Proteus Cressy Power Report, Rapsodo Rap Score Data




Player Assessments

Teach Movements, Not Mechanics

PROTEUS is the ultimate testing and training tool for rotational athletes.

It unlocks the ability to quantify POWER and ACCELERATION, multi-plane movements across the entire body and records the results through a series of standardized tests.

HOW STRONG ARE YOU? HOW FAST ARE YOU? HOW WELL ARE YOU COMBINING THE TWO?

Every player has a set of unique personal characteristics. PROTEUS provides actionable information in a quantifiable manner to inform instructors and trainers on what part of the body and when a player should train specific movements at certain points in the Force / Velocity curve.

PROTEUS then contextualizes the data against (by comparison) the interface athletes in the same categories (age, sport etc.…) and puts all the results into context, producing some very quick wins (and good decisions by trainers) in monitoring movement categories.

WHY USE THE PROTEUS?

BASELINE DATA: Show improvements over time. In the event of an injury, there is a gage to compare to.
COMPARISON DATA: Age, gender, height, weight, sport. Ability to track vs. age group norms.
ROI: Deeper insights into a player’s makeup and areas of weakness.

Assessment and Programming: Power and Acceleration

Players are assessed on the Proteus using the Cressey Power Test. The test is a series of movements testing both bilateral and unilateral movements as well counter/non-counter movement trunk rotations which closely replicate movements seen in rotational sports.

The Cressey Power Test is an exceptional strategy to measure performance and identify placement on the force-velocity curve, thus providing great insight on how to improve each quality through specific training practices.



Player Assessments

Driven by Development

RAPSODO is a pitch tracking device that analyzes spin rate, velocity, movement, command, and provides the ability to break down mechanics. It provides immediate feedback on every pitch along with bullpen reports to analyze data from each training session.

RapScore Scale for Player Evaluation

RapScore is one scale made up of four tiers to accurately rank players from all experience levels. No matter the level, each player who completes a verified session will receive a RapScore number that compares them to players within their tier, as well as the tier above. Through this ranking system, coaches will now be able to rely on RapScore to identify, evaluate and compare players with a data driven number that is a standard benchmark to use across the industry.

Assessment and Programming: Pitching and Hitting

RapScore uses Rapsodo’s existing HITTING and PITCHING technology to quantify a player’s personal metrics and utilizes the principles of the 20-80 scale to rank players amongst their peers and evaluate performance. RapScore’s pitching algorithm compares an individual’s pitch metrics to the ideal form of that pitch type. At the end of the session, a player’s RapScore is calculated based on dynamic weighing of the pitches thrown. Hitting RapScore is determined using a player’s max and average exit velocity as well as launch angle throughout a certified session. These session metrics are compared by the athlete’s level and accurately placed on the 20-80 scale.




TBCNYC PITCHING PROGRAM

The Pitching Program is offered year-round, with building blocks specifically programmed based on an athlete’s age, skill-set, goals, assessment and time of year.

CERTIFIED by DRIVELINE BASEBALL
FOUNDATIONS OF PITCHING, PITCH DESIGN, YOUTH BASEBALL DEVELOPMENT

Individual and Team Programs

Off Season
Ramping Up . Trial and Error · Velocity Work · Pitch Design

Pre-Season
Focus on Execution · Command and Sequence

In Season
Scheduled Maintenance

  • Baseline Assessment
  • Video Analysis
  • Overload and Underload Training
  • Mechanical Movement Patterns
  • Bullpen Sessions
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Warm Up and Recovery

Personalized and Team ProgramsEmail for details

On-Ramping
Build Work Capacity

Velocity Development
Increase Throwing Velocity

Mound Blend
Learn or regain feel for the slope

Mound Development
Develop new pitches and increase performance on the mound