Train your visual skills to improve your performance.
- Bat more consistently
- Improve your fielding percentage
- Sharpen pitch location
- Develop focus, concentration and decision–making skills
- Improve your timing, balance and confidence
- Make faster decisions on the field
- See the location, motion, and rotation of the ball better
- React more quickly to field fly balls, line drives and grounders
- Develop visual confidence at the plate
Train your visual skills that impact your performance on the softball field!
- Eye alignment
- Flexibility of eye movements
- Speed of focusing
- Speed of processing visual information
- Reaction time
- Visual concentration
- Visual confidence
Hitting a pitched softball requires many skills, however you can’t hit what you can’t see. Athletes with efficient visual skills have visual confidence at the plate. In order to hit a pitched ball, you need to see the location, motion and rotation of the ball. Training the speed and efficiency of the two eyes moving together will allow you to get your eyes on the ball.
When fielding fly balls, line drives and grounders, you use the information from your eyes to react. Visual information influences your decision-making on field.
Softball Teams Using the VEPT
Softball Vision Performance Testimonials
I am Dr Dorri Goldschmidt. I am an optometrist in Birmingham AL and I am the CEO of Sports Vision South.
Sports Vision South is a high performance vision training center. We use Vizual Edge to evaluate and train the visual skills of our clients.
All athletes are aware of the importance of strength and conditioning to keeping in peak shape. One important area that coaches and trainers may not be working on is the visual skills of a player.
Your eyes provide most of the information you use on a playing field. Training your eyes ability to track precisely, to have focusing flexibility and have visual accuracy is key to performing at your best.
When we use Vizual Edge’s program we are providing strength and conditioning for the visual system. We train the eyes to be stronger and better.
Dorri Goldschmidt, OD
Southern Focus Vision Center Sports Vision South
I just wanted to write you with an update. When Lydia first tested with Vizual Edge in Dec. 2013, she scored quite low, 10th percentile. Tonight (Oct. 2014) she tested for the first time in 6 months, and tonight’s score put her in the 99th percentile! She hit her first over-the-fence homerun this past summer….after years of struggling with her hitting. She is now very consistent with quality at-bats. Her fielding (infield) has always been above average, but this summer she really took it to the next level and her quickness and charging the ball has definitely improved. She does seem to have had an improvement in the classroom too! We are so excited, and I firmly believe Vizual Edge has helped take her abilities to the next level. She is now being recruited by some of the top Divison 1 softball teams/schools! Thanks so much for helping us get started last December! And for the skeptical parents (like myself), it is legitimate and it works! Don’t delay. This can help your daughter play to the top of her abilities! ~ Pam Clanton, Mother
Higher Ground Softball
Hi, I'm Bobby Simpson, Founder and CEO of Higher Ground Softball.
During almost forty years of instruction in many facets of softball and baseball, including international elite level softball, I am firmly convinced that visual and mental skills separate players that have similar physical skills. To be successful, players must collect visual information, analyze it, decide what to do with it, act on it, and then learn from it. The process starts with and depends upon complete and accurate collection of visual information.
Vizual Edge testing and training can greatly increase the odds of success by determining a player's visual strengths and weaknesses, then help that player improve those critical skills. It's user friendly, it's cost-effective, and it works.
Founder and CEO of Higher Ground Softball
University of Tennessee Softball
Hi, I'm Karen Weekly, Co-Head Softball Coach at the University of Tennessee. There is no question that visual performance is critical to success in the sport of fastpitch softball, where a hitter has less than .4 of a second to make a decision once the ball is pitched. Typical of most coaches, I always believed that an athlete either had good eyesight or they didn't, and there was nothing that could be done to change it. I was truly excited when I learned there was a program that could provide "weight training for our eyes" and thereby improve our decision making and reaction time. The Vizual Edge program is an essential part of our training. With the program, we are able to assess our athletes' visual skills, provide a user-friendly, competitive and fun training program to improve those skills, and then evaluate and track our athletes' improvement. I definitely recommend the Vizual Edge program to any athlete or team that is looking to gain an extra edge on the competition.
Co-Head Softball Coach at the University of Tennessee
Softball Sports Vision Articles
Vitamins, 3D glasses and strobes are tools athletes are using to see better but does it really work?
Baseball’s New 'Secret Weapon': High-Tech Vision Training
by: Joe Lemire
Through the 3-D glasses, the red triangle and blue square just won’t line up. Even when the shapes appear to overlap, the vision training program assures me they did not. One eye perceives the triangle and the other perceives the square and, despite my best efforts with the keyboard arrows, I can’t find their concentric meeting point.
My visual alignment is deemed “fair,” but the descriptive text sounds clinically severe. My score “represents a moderate binocular eye muscle imbalance. The aiming of the eyes is inaccurate.” Basically, my eyes are misaligned after the target, which will result in perpetually late swings.
The evaluation of my eyes’ convergence—the ability to focus on objects in the foreground—is much worse. The test involves staring at a magic-eye stereogram, which I have never been able to do and can’t do now. The program tells me my eyes’ convergence is “extremely limited.”
There’s no putting rose- (and cyan-) colored glasses on this result: my overall vision score put me in the 5th percentile. I will never be a major league hitter.
“We didn’t change his eyesight,” Puchalski said. “We work on the quality of his visual information and how you see things and can react on field.”
That’s the first lesson to learn about sports vision. The realm of sight extends well beyond the lines below the E on an eye doctor’s wall.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching.
Vision skills can lead to sports success, research claims
by: Martha Finnegan Bradford
The Irish Times (9/9/2015)
Researchers tested elite athletes such as rugby players, as well as sporty members of the general public and people who don’t play any sport.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching, even under challenging visual conditions.
Some elite sportspeople performed poorly, so this is not the be all and the end all of sports performance, but it might be the extra one per cent that could win the game.
What’s not clear is whether this is an innate talent or something that developed over thousands of hours of practice.
Teams across baseball are working with companies to introduce vision programs into their process
Seeing Is Believing
by: Stephanie Apstein
Sports Illustrated (4/13/2015)
A recent issue of Sports Illustrated contained an article about vision performance and baseball. It highlighted the visual training protocol of several players of the Washington Nationals who, along with numerous MLB teams, use the Vizual Edge Program for assessment of player potential and improving visual processing, tracking and pitch recognition.
Research has been scant on correlation between officiating and visual performance; new study shows
Why standardized vision testing, training crucial for sports officials
by: Barry L. Seiller, MD, MBA
Ophthalmology Times (4/15/2014)
Most calls by officials require correct quality of visual information. A critical call might be the difference between winning and losing for a team. Other visually based studies performed on athletes—including tennis, volleyball, and baseball—have shown that superior athletes possess superior skills. Research has shown that these visual skills, besides eyesight, can be measured and trained.
Officials have similar visual demands as athletes. Therefore, officials should have visual skills comparable to athletes. An official needs not only to be physically fit but also visually fit.
There are many examples of officiating calls that require superb visual perception:
- Both feet or one foot inbounds?
- Ball on one side of the goalpost or through the center?
- Spike hit the line?
- A 130-mph serve in or out?
- Player offside?
- Baseball hit the yellow wall line or not?
Strong indication that Vizual Edge Scores correlate to superior performance, study says
The Relationship Between Visual Skills and Performance of Professional Baseball Players
by: Frank J, Spaniol, Ed.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA
Sport Science Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (11/20/2013)
The results of this study provides evidence that superior visual skills are indicative of superior batting performance in several statistical categories including BA, SO%, OBP, and OPS. Since visual skills appear to play a significant role in batting performance, coaches, trainers, and administrators should consider using programs such as VEPT to assess baseball players.
Dr. Barry Seiller is here today to talk eye-sight and why some players aren’t seeing the ball as wel
Baseball Eye-Sight w/ Dr. Barry Seiller
by: Mark Brooks
Art of Baseball.net (8/20/2013)
What role do you think “eye-sight” plays with hitting, fielding and throwing a baseball?
A big one…
I’ve gone into detail about this subject within the HMA but now I’am VERY excited to introduce you to an “eye expert” who will discuss a few other things that you may not know about in regards to building better eye sight as a baseball player.
Dr. Barry Seiller is here today to talk eye-sight and why some players aren’t seeing the ball as well as they could be. He will also be introducing Vizual Edge which is an online assessment test and training platform for athletes who want to develop their eye-sight over time.
Enter Dr. Barry Seiller…
Facilities in Europe are incorporating sports vision to help athletes enhance the visual component
Vision performance services offer new area of expansion for ophthalmic practices
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (7/29/2013)
Athletes across the globe, whether professional, amateur or recreational, are embracing new technologies and training methods to boost their performance. But while they lift weights, train in wind tunnels, adhere to strict diets and spend countless hours perfecting techniques, they often overlook one crucial body component: their eyes.
Recent studies are definitive: Athletes with superior vision skills perform better on the playing field. Until recently, however, no quantitative, interactive programs existed in the world of vision training. A U.S.-based company, Vizual Edge, is working to revolutionize the vision training game.
Degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs ability to make correct calls
The Effect Of Visual Acuity Degradation On The Visual Judgement Of Sport Officials
by: I. GOMEZ, F. SPANIOL, J. DAWES
Department of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX (5/7/2013)
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of visual acuity degradation on the visual judgment of sport officials. Visual acuity was analyzed by a standard visual acuity wall chart. Visual judgment was determined by a tennis ball line test where subjects have to determine if balls are classified as "in" or "out".
RESULTS: A paired-samples t test was calculated to compare the mean pretest (normal vision) score to the mean posttest (degraded vision) score. The mean on the pretest was 25.73 (sd = 2.16), and the mean on the posttest was 16.91 (sd = 3.22). The results of the paired-samples t test determined a statistically significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores (t(21) = 2.69, p < .05). CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicate that degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs their ability to make correct line calls.
Vizual Edge puts vision training in the crosshairs of diamond success
Seeing is believing
by: Don Cameron
Softball West (3/22/2012)
Joe Kinsella, head coach of Lake Forest College softball, said Vizual Edge’s recent shift to web-based technology allowed him to seamlessly incorporate the tool into his team’s train- ing program.
Softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, enhanced performance
PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN VEPT
by: Frank J. Spaniol, Professor, Sport Science
Unpublished survey (10/10/2011)
As a group, 79% believed that VEPT increased their ability to “focus”, 74% felt the visual practice improved their concentration, and 73% agreed the training augmented their ability to “see” the ball. In addition, 33% reported more consistency, 67% believed batting results increased, 66% felt their fielding improved, and 67% reported superior balance. Overall, the results of this survey indicate that a significant number of college softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, which they felt translated into enhanced performance.
Des clubs de baseball utilisent des logiciels pour améliorer la vision de leurs athlètes.
L'entrainement visuel, l'avenir du sport?
by: Seth Stevenson
Slate France (6/10/2009)
Barry Seiller (l'ophtalmologiste qui a conçu le logiciel Vizual Edge en 2002) a réalisé des analyses et des tests d'acuité visuelle pour différentes équipes (les Houston Astros, les San Diego Padres, les Cincinnati Reds et autres Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers ainsi que les hockeyeurs des Chicago Blackhawks); il a fait de même pour quelques programmes de sport universitaires et pour plusieurs sportifs participant aux Jeux olympiques. (Les équipes de bobsleigh développent leur capacité de convergence afin de mieux évaluer les angles d'entrée et de sortie dans les courbes de vitesse des pistes.) «Les athlètes de haut niveau jouissent d'une acuité visuelle développée», si l'on en croit Seiller. Selon lui, rien qu'en analysant les résultats obtenus par des joueurs de la Minor League sur le Vizual Edge, il a souvent pu deviner lesquels auraient les meilleurs moyennes à la batte.
Athletes who use vision performance training hit the ball harder
EFFECT OF VISUAL SKILLS TRAINING ON THE BATTING PERFORMANCE OF NCAA DIVISI
by: Frank Spaniol, Randy Bonnette, Liette Ocker, Don Melrose, Jeff Paluseo, and David Szymanski
Poster publication NSCA Meeting 2008 (7/14/2008)
The results of this study indicate that NCAA DI baseball players that received visual skills training produced significantly higher batted- ball velocities than NCAA DI baseball players that did not receive visual skills training.
Vizual Edge Performance Training Software
by: Ken Krause
Softball Magazine (5/1/2008)
See the ball, hit the ball. That's a mantra that is repeated on a daily basis on fastpitch softball fields all over the world. Coaches (and parents) tell their hitters to see the ball big, watch it all the way in, get a good look, etc. Yet while it a~1 sounds like good advice, few can actually tell them how to make It happen. That's where VizualEdge Performance Training software comes in.
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children
A Little Flabby Around the Eyeballs
by: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
New York Times (2/5/2006)
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children with learning disabilities and people with amblyopia ("lazy eye") concentrate and follow lines of text. Unlike exercises designed to strengthen eye muscles, reading therapy works to improve the eye-brain connection. Sports vision therapy takes it one step further. "It's about eye-hand-foot-body-brain coordination," says Dr. Barry Seiller, an ophthalmologist who is Brett Basanez's vision specialist and the director of the Visual Fitness Institute in Vernon Hills, Ill. "Maybe you foul off the ball a lot, or you have all the technical skills but somehow just can't put it together. You go into slumps. You fail in the clutch. All of that, to us, screams 'visual problems."'
College Softball student-athletes find benefits from vision training
ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF NCAA DIVISION I SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING
by: Spaniol, F.J., Seiller, B.L.,K. Puchalski
Unpublished survey (4/1/2005)
Athetes have found numerous benefits to vision performance training both on and off the field.