Innovation in Player Development

#BaseballActionID approach is an innovative tool aimed at delivering customization in the development of human resources.

For decades we have mainly approached Baseball from its sport-specific character. #BaseballActionID which founds its roots in the ActionType® principles, because that’s what we’re talking about, makes it possible for trainers and coaches to respond to the personal preferences of our athletes. And then we are where we would like to end up, namely our players at the centre of their development process. The concept of #BaseballActionID Type calls for a translation to the sport-specific aspects of Baseball. We have a wonderful challenge ahead of us.

#BaseballActionID is therefore about the personal preferences of people. Those preferences are not only related to mental and emotional skills but as well to physical movements. Opposite the preferred side of each individual is the so-called development side. Go that last way acts a lot less easy for us. The impact of this on training and playing matches is particularly great. #BaseballActionIDe searches per athlete for the natural efficiency and effectiveness to act.

Individual preferences and needs that characterize athletes have been woven into their personality and motor skills from an early age, such that coaches and trainers have no choice but to join them.

Farewell to ‘Be like me’

So far, what we have mainly encountered in sport (and society) is that a trainer–coach

especially himself is a frame of reference in the relationship with his players. This is what we call ‘Be like me’ syndrome. Such an approach is explainable, we all have our own experiences, perception, explanation, etc. that give us maturity, but that doesn’t mean that

our pupils experience and feel the same. Stronger, chances are the people we’re with

work experience it differently.

In general, you can say that a skilled trainer in the ‘Be like me’ way has a reasonable chance to develop some of the talents of his pupils, but not all of them. That is far too little for adequate talent development in top sports. If a trainer–coach wants to tap the rest of the talent, then individual customization is required. #BaseballActionID is for you the entrance to yourself and really get to know your players so that economically designed and successful trajectories can be to arise.

In addition, #BaseballActionID is also an eye-opener for recreational athletes. Those who are mainly guided by their preferred side, will undeniably significantly more pleasure from his commitment. A positive interaction that you as a trainer-coach definitely get back.

Individual customization

Whatever your approach as a Baseball coach-trainer may be, in all cases, #BaseballActionID has a lot to offer. 

Now take all those different movement preferences that players display on the field. We are curious how you as a trainer deal with this. For a long time, it gave us more questions than answers. Why does one player succeed at something very difficult, that the other – even studious and no longer talented – player zo mastered? Using natural preferences we show you around in a dimension of sports and Baseball, in which we used to almost literally not see the forest for the trees.

How does a player with a preference for gross motor skills improve, a mainly fine motor movement, such as a throwing sharp breaking ball? You want to meet the battle, but what does your plan look like in a methodical way and how do you build up the corresponding practice material? understand what your pupil feels? Players also have different learning styles that you individually will have to respond to. Not everyone learns it most effectively from the step-by-step approach. Some types even get bored quickly.

Also mentally

How does each individual player concentrate, what brings him out and how can he refocus in such a way that the ultimate form of concentration, the flow, comes within range?

It’s a matter of as many traffic lights as possible set to green. Which (red) traffic lights are those we will explain in detail how you can promote them to green traffic lights. Also, here customization is required. We are convinced that the mental aspect of Baseball in the methodology of coaching on concentration has found an extremely important angle. Our sport works after all, not so much in cognitive thinking, but especially in images. 

The concept of distractors is opposed to concentration and one step further they can all too easily turn into stress. #BaseballActionID knows per type of athlete-sensitive string so that you can work on it preventively and curatively. Striking, or actually not at all, is that the practice all too often neglected functions of preparation, warm-up and evaluation the key to having success in them. A warm plea for a complete competition approach.

The new role of the trainer/coach

A lot has to do with responding to personal preferences, not only yours as a trainer/coach, but certainly also those of your players. The great strength of #BaseballActionID is that it allows us to preferences in a substantiated and systematic manner-wise insight. 

One of the most pressing questions, namely why a trainer/coach has more success with one player than with another pupil who is at least as talented and enthusiastic. Of course, it doesn’t stop at asking questions, we are looking for answers and solutions.

The communication between you and your players, perhaps even more than knowledge and skills, is of eminent value in the development process. Ultimately, everything is geared towards bringing players into their element. How group dynamics fit together stings and how to use conflict management to steer the processes in the right direction. With the overcoming a storm and the agreements we make the standards to be used in the future circle to maintain your coaching philosophy. Ultimately, the storm and norm phases often turn out to be the most fertile periods in the process.

What #BaseballActionID means to us

By now we understand and feel much better that players, fellow trainers, etc. have different preferences. That thinking and acting differently is not remarkable, but rather very instructive and inspiring. Especially now that we are getting to know the underlying values, beliefs and core needs better and better. Suddenly you also feel why something, for example, doesn’t work with Frank, while Eddy does have all the benefits. We learn during our training sessions to juggle the most effective and per-player efficient approach.

Take the never-ending discussion about the technique of pitching & hitting. That’s a nice example. Okay, about some general basic principles is a broad agreement. But then? As soon as we delve deeper into the matter, the accents and opinions soon diverged. So-called experts support their version with general kinesiological examination and/or the technique of world-class players. 

#BaseballActionID teaches us about the four distinct motor styles, their advantages and disadvantages and what that means for the player. This has given us new hands and feet for the technology discussion. A twist with very practical handles. 

Players can stay close to their natural sense of movement and trainers recognize and recognize individual customization. It is one of the items in the wide range of insights that #BaseballActionID has to offer us.

How does Action Type work

Working with people requires understanding people. That, in a nutshell, is the core of Action Type ®, an innovative instrument in sports, among other things. The essence is that everyone has an innate inner structure – one of the sixteen Action Types – through which we have unconscious preferences for certain ways of perceiving, feeling, thinking and moving.

About the origin of #BaseballActionID

#BaseballActionID which finds its roots in the ActionType® principles

Every person is unique. However, there are an awful lot of unique people on earth, so to speak several billion. The multitude of unique qualities of all these people, in a positive and negative sense, is therefore difficult to grasp. That is why for years and days psychology has been looking for what people have in common. The search for these common features has been very intense. Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and follower of Freud, is considered the founder of typology. Mother Katharine Briggs and daughter Isabel Myers Briggs have further developed his theories in the last century and subsequently converted them into one of the most well-known type questionnaires, namely the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.

MBTI identifies sixteen psychological types. With that, the nature-nurture debate is over 

that psychology had been in its grip for so long and entered a new era. Every person is unique, sure, but nature gives groups of people the immutable temperament to which they correspond and nurture (education) reinforces the innate individual differences that make each person even more unique.

Today, this method is used by millions of people worldwide. From 1992, the Action Type pioneers Bertrand Théraulaz, and Ralph Hippolyte. embroidered. They discovered the association with the motor styles of athletes. In 2005, sports psychologist Jan Huijbers applies his psychology of attention and concentration to Action Type.

Four dimensions and eight preferences

To understand type theory it is important to first understand the underlying principles under

to take a close look. MBTI and Action Type assume that personality differences arise from fundamental preferences on four dimensions. These dimensions become determined by a preference pair. For every pair, we all have a natural preference or tendency towards one of the two poles. We can compare this process with our preference for our right or left hand. We are all right-handed or left-handed, but that doesn’t stop us don’t like to using our other hand sometimes.

So it is with regard to the four dimensions. A situation may ask for it not our preference but precisely the opposite of it. If we do this then notice we often find that it feels less natural. This is because we don’t do that development side train spontaneously in everyday life, as we do hour by hour with our preferred side.