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Finding the Edge: Exploring Skill Acquisition and Analytics for Player Development. We are two guys who are passionate about baseball and player development. Join us as we explore how motor learning, skill acquisition, and data analytic theories can be applied to improving game-day performance.

Hosted by Garrett Boyum, Robert Frey, and formerly Brock Hammit.

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Finding the Edge: Exploring Skill Acquisition and Analytics for Player Development. We are two guys who are passionate about baseball and player development. Join us as we explore how motor learning, skill acquisition, and data analytic theories can be applied to improving game-day performance.

Hosted by Garrett Boyum, Robert Frey, and formerly Brock Hammit.

    Flow for Peak Performance with Ted Monnich

    Flow for Peak Performance with Ted Monnich

    In this episode, we have on Ted Monnich a sport psychology consultant who is currently getting his PhD studying flow state. Our discussion was around flow state and what things coaches and athletes can do to help facilitate getting into flow on the field. We also touched on how to deal with performance anxiety, group flow, how this could fit within an ecological approach to movement skill, and more.


    Ted Monnich's website: http://tedmonnich.com/index.htm

    Book Recommendations

    The Mind within the Brain: https://amzn.to/3r9plcj

    The Performance Cortex: https://amzn.to/3r8QAnj

    The Champion's Comeback: https://amzn.to/3uMczmg

    Stealing Fire: https://amzn.to/3raCGRv

    The Rise of Superman: https://amzn.to/2NJiZ51



     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Building intrinsic motivation, player relationships, and workload management with George Zirkel

    Building intrinsic motivation, player relationships, and workload management with George Zirkel

    In this episode, we had George Zirkel Pitching Coordinator at MSI Baseball in PA, back on the podcast to discuss workload management. We had an emergent discussion where we also explored the potential limitations of an Ecological approach, co-designing training plans with athletes, player relationships, the importance of intrinsic motivation, purposeful catch play, the role of visualization in practice, Motus, weighted balls, and much more. Buckle up for this in-depth conversation with George Zirkel!

    Twitter: @George_Zirkel

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Developing Catchers Thru an Ecological Lens with Joe Mangiameli

    Developing Catchers Thru an Ecological Lens with Joe Mangiameli

    This week we have on Joe Mangiameli a MiLB Catching Coach in the Minnesota Twins organization. In this episode, we discuss how an ecological approach to skill acquisition shifted Joe's view of player development and how he trains his catchers. We also discuss receiving, converted catchers, workload management, umpires, robo umps, and more.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Batting Practice and the Highest Form of Technique

    Batting Practice and the Highest Form of Technique

    This week we have another emergent discussion from a month ago around a couple of hitting articles as well as a blog post written by one of the hosts of the show. Topics of discussion, the highest form of technique, pitching machines limitations, representative strike-ball percentages in batting practice, fostering competitive mindset, failure is a part of growth, and more.  

    Articles mentioned in this podcast with links *Below* 

    The Physics of Batting Practice by David Kagan 

    https://tht.fangraphs.com/the-physics-of-batting-practice/ 

    A Novel Idea in the Majors: Using Batting Practice to Get Better by Joe Lemire 

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/sports/batting-practice.html 

    What is the highest form of technique? by Garrett Boyum 

    https://emergentmvmt.com/what-is-the-highest-form-of-technique/ 



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    • 55 min
    Swing Timing an Ecological Exploration

    Swing Timing an Ecological Exploration

    This week we start our discussion by looking at an article written by Ethan Moore titled "Three Things We Could Learn From Swing Timing Analysis" which evolved into a conversation of how motor learning concepts can be applied to the analysis in this article.


    Article Link: https://prospects365.com/2020/08/18/3-things-we-could-learn-from-swing-timing-analysis/

    Author's twitter: @Moore_Stats

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Variability a discussion with Rob Gray on his new research paper

    Variability a discussion with Rob Gray on his new research paper

    This week we have ASU professor and host of the Perception & Action Podcast Rob Gray back on the show to talk about his latest paper on baseball batting titled, 
Changes in Movement Coordination Associated With Skill Acquisition in Baseball Batting: Freezing/Freeing Degrees of Freedom and Functional Variability. Topics we explore in this episode include the degrees of freedom problem and 

the role of variability, good & bad variability, the 
uncontrolled manifold analysis, 
in-phase and anti-phase movement
, and how can coaches practically apply the findings Rob's latest paper?


    Research Paper link:
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01295/full

    Rob Gray's website:
    https://perceptionaction.com/

    Rob Gray's Podcast apple link:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-perception-action-podcast/id994539742

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    • 1 hr 4 min

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