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7U Player Brody Ahrens

Hit Buckets Of Balls Using Bad Habits or Become a Surgeon and Focus on Proper Mobility , Sequencing and Timing While Building Grip Strength and Developing Skill?   

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Test and Calibrate Your Swing!

No Charge For Players to receive an Athletic Profile which will enable them to document their training and keep up with results so that they can use in their development.  Validate what works and what does not work. Remember hitters most first have proper MOBILITY then must understand and be able to execute a proper SEQUENCE and them most importantly must have must be able to have the ability to perfect TIMING.  Set Up Athlete Digital Profile Here  Start testing by bench marking where you stand now!  See where you stand against other athletes across the country HERE.

Hitter Handicap Testing Process

Players should train using a batting tee.  A radar gun should be used to measure exit velocity, The Pocket Radar "Ball Coach" is preferred. The hitter should be instructed to hit the ball at the tester who is behind the net approximately 10 Feed away holding the Pocket Radar on the same level of the batting tee.  The hitter should be instructed to hit the ball directly (bat control) to the Pocket Radar.  Any ball hit to the left, right, up or down will not get a good reading (part of the skill and test they have to adjust too). Instructions to the participant - You will be tested on how hard and consistent you can hit the ball of a tee at a target, the radar gun.  You will have 3 practice swings.  After the 3 practice swings, you will execute 3 sets of 10 swings with a small break in between.  You should create good rhythm and focus on the goal of hitting the ball as hard as you can as consistently as you can directly to the radar in front of you.

All swings should be recorded as the purpose is to "Handicap" ability to duplicate the desired swing.  A swing in a miss or a ball that does not read because it was not hit in the right location (directly at the radar) may provide a very low reading. Players should take 10 swings at a time recording all swings and then take a 1-minute break in between each set.  The player can put the balls on the Tee for himself or have someone put on Tee. The hitter should be focused and no coaching or instructing should be taking place at this time.  No feedback on the Exit Velocity should be provided until all of the swings are completed.

Glossary Of Terms

Hitter Handicap- A test the athlete takes that provides direction as to the ability to translate their training into game situations.  TAKE MRI HERE

Benchmark Testing- Initial testing of the Hitter Handicap

Hiccup- A swing that generates an Exit Velocity 12 or more MPH below top Exit Velocity. Noted by a circle over the MPH

Top Exit Velocity- Ball hit providing the highest MPH

Low Exit Velocity- Ball hit providing the lowest MPH

Run- A run is 3 or more swings in a row that are within a 3 mile an hour variance.

Peak Swing- MPH of a swing that is generated 3 or more times in a row and is noted by a Square Box around the MPH scoring boxes.  The Peak Swing should be 90% to 95% of Maximum Exit Velocity.  This is a swing that can be duplicated in competition.

Hitter Handicap- Average of 3 rounds of 10 swings, the lower the handicap the better the hitter

Swing Sequence- Process of creating a sequence that is followed in the execution of a swing on a consistent basis.

Re-Testing- Progressive testing after initial Benchmark testing

What Does Hitter Handicap Identify?

Peak Swing- Exit Velocity that you can duplicate with 3 continuous swings that are within 3 MPH of each other.

Batting Average- HH can predict the capacity of what a batting average will be and how it will rank on a team when testing the entire team.

Strike Outs- HH can predict the player who will strike out a lot or a little based on the Top Velocity and the variance. The higher the Top Velocity and the bigger the HH, the more strikeouts the player will compile.

Power- Top Velocity accurately predicts the ability to hit extra-base hits and home runs. The player with the highest Top Velocity with the best HH is most likely to produce the best power numbers on the team.

Focus- Hiccups accurately display when a player loses attention to the swing sequence.

Conditioning/Endurance- HH accurately predicts when a player is properly conditioned and game ready. The consistency of the players swing is measured in 3 sets and you will see a decrease in production as the player takes more swings. Fatigue occurs at a different time for each hitter depending on many variables.

Recovery/Adjustments- HH can predict the players who are able to make adjustments after a bad swing.

Swing Preparation- How many swings does it take before you are prepared for game time action? ? This will help to better identify the number of swings to take if you are a slow starter versus one that takes a few swings to be prepared.

Fatigue Managment- How many swings are too many swings?  Hitter Handicap will provide valuable feedback to proper training and support the need for recovery in order to maintain a consistent swing. Swing consistency will be impacted greatly by fatigue and recovery.

Progressive Development- HH can provide ongoing calibrating with a player's swing. Many variables exist with age, maturation, bat size/weight increases and level of competition.  The HH provides the ability to know where you stand at any given moment and create a better focus on training and achieving a better swing.

Hitter Handicap Hitter Index



Hitter Handicap Index

MLB Player 1 To 3 MPH (90 to 105 MPH)

MILB Player 2 to 4 MPH (85 to 100 MPH)

Collegiate Player 3 to 5 MPH (80 to 90 MPH)

16U to 18U Player 5 to 6 MPH (70 to 90 MPH)

13U to 15U Player 5 to 8 MPH (65 to 85 MPH)

10U to 12U Player 5 to 12 MPH (50 to 80 MPH)

8U to 9U Player 7 to 15 MPH (35 to 55 MPH)

5U to 7U Player 10 to 20 MPH (20 to 40 MPH)


Hitter Handicap Index

Professional Player 1 To 3 MPH (70 to 80 MPH)

Collegiate Player 3 to 5 MPH (68 to 75 MPH)

16U to 18U Player 5 to 6 MPH (63 to 68 MPH)

13U to 15U Player 5 to 8 MPH (53 to 62 MPH)

10U to 12U Player 5 to 12 MPH (46 to 52 MPH)

8U to 9U Player 7 to 15 MPH (40 to 45 MPH)

5U to 7U Player 10 to 20 MPH (20 to 40 MPH)

About Us


If You Are Not Testing...YOU ARE GUESSING!  Hitter Handicap provide the solution to Engineer a proper swing.  You mus benchmark where you stand and continually re-test to measure progression.  This non-subjective process gives immediate feedback and allows a hitter to calibrate their swing and measure progression.  Every hitter should work towards a productive swing that produces results in competition.


Hitter Handicap provides the map to understanding your swing while allowing you to gain knowledge of your capacity as a hitter. Quality training with the right intent will provide meaniful results.  Identify your sequence and measure your timing in efficiency so you can improve your approach in competition by training correctly in practice.


Proven results that are updated on a regular basis allows hitter to be certain of progress without guessing.  Hitter Handicap allows you to validate if hitter is hitting the ball harder with more consistently.  The knowledge gained by the hitter and professional instructors allow the ability to target and train the areas specific to  the need.  Targeted training with specificity to proper progression validates development process.

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Contact Me For More Info: KellyAhrens@StarsandStripesSports.com

Look forward to getting your feedback and assisting your hitter in becoming a more accomplished hitter with a more improved approach.

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