Based on our popular book

We've built this course from our popular book "Applied Technology in Pitching"', updated it with new metrics, expanded it, and included real world video examples illustrating many ideas and concepts from the book.

The book is not required or included with the course, but you can purchase the book separately online at Amazon if you want to.

Applied Technology in Pitching Book available on Amazon

Better Understand Ball Tracking Metrics

This course is for the advanced college to pro level pitcher, batter, coach, scout and broadcaster. It refers to advanced techniques for understanding and applying the latest in Doppler radar ball tracking technology, and advanced pitching strategies. This isn’t meant to be a physics course or a research paper. The focus of this course is on real world applications using Doppler metrics for player development and scouting, not outcome results statistics.

Topics center on pitch analysis, development and design, batter and batted ball analysis, Magnus spin, Bullet spin, Seams Imbalance Laminar break, Seams Imbalance Turbulent break, sequencing, advanced strike zone analysis, and more. Many of the charts and images in this book are a few of the basic charts generated from Pitchgrader ™ software. With over 6 years of development and real world use, Pitchgrader has hundreds of charts, graphs, heatmaps, and more advanced metrics and 3D baseball analysis software that is currently used by MLB teams and top D1 college baseball teams to interpret and apply their ball tracking data.

There is a tendency for many to evaluate pitching and batting in terms of absolute measured values. This is understandable given all the absolute values the machines generate. But numbers can be deceiving if you focus only on numbers, especially a single metric, a small group of metrics, or worse, the wrong metrics. This book helps you avoid those pitfalls and helps you learn how to apply this data towards better player development, advance scouting, and amateur scouting.

Maximize your use of ball tracking data

With this course you’ll be better at interpreting and applying ball tracking data for player development or scouting.

What the Pros are saying

Scott Emerson - Oakland A's MLB Pitching Coach

I am very much a baseball information seeker. I want information from the physical, mental and data aspects. Using all 3 aspects are needed, as you need to use the different ways to look at things. When it comes to what’s being called as the strike zone , or advanced ball tracking metrics and pitch classification, Wayne Boyle and Pitchgrader are giving you advanced ways to use the information you need to make good decisions. The courses provide you with the skills to evaluate data information and will help you or your player try to reach your potential. Again , I look forward to what Wayne does next.

Miguel Bonilla - NY Mets Pitching Coach

As a pitching coach with more than 30 years of experience in professional baseball, I found the information in these courses useful because it allows me not to rely on my eyes and experience alone and gives me a data driven vocabulary I can use with my players when explaining the things I see in their performance.

Carlos Chavez - San Diego Padres Pitching Coach

Wayne, Awesome job with Pitchgrader and the courses! Great info and tremendous work you put together! Will recommend to anybody willing to get better!

Tim Doherty - Washington Nationals Hitting Coach

The Pitchgrader courses are an absolute must take. They detail state of the art metrics and analytics in a way that makes it easier to apply them and maximize their effectiveness. With where the game of baseball is today and the analytics and metrics that are being used by every team, I highly recommend enrolling in these courses to keep up. Wayne has done a phenomenal job with such informative courses.

Dustin Glant - Indiana University Pitching Coach

former Yankees AAA pitching coach

“The Fundamentals of Ball Tracking Metrics" course from PitchGrader is an essential development tool for any coach or player that is looking to better understand the basics of ball tracking technologies and that factors that influence pitch movement. With this gained understanding of Magnus force, pitch shape, spin tilt, and approach angles for the various pitches, a coach or player can have a better roadmap for where their pitches currently stand and what changes can be made for optimal success. Understanding PitchGrader’s "Modern pitch classifications", as an alternative to the basic pitch classifications used today, will allow for a deeper understanding for the nuances that exist within each pitch type. This deeper understanding for the metrics that define each pitch type allows for better informed decisions to be made in terms of pitch design and sequences for each players pitch packages.

Gil Patterson - Oakland A's Pitching Coordinator

I’ve had a chance to take the courses from Pitchgrader and I am fascinated with their potential. Pitchgrader’s Pro level baseball pitch analysis and pitcher profiling might completely change the way a coach approaches making adjustments to a pitcher’s repertoire. The 3D analysis, charts, graphs, heat maps, and many other evaluation examples provide a vast perspective, but fast actionable meaning for game review, opponent scouting, and game planning, while still allowing you to separate result from process for a deeper connection between the use of data and the goal of winning.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Introduction

    • What Doppler Radar Measures in Baseball

    • What Doppler Radar Measures in Baseball Quiz

    • Understanding how Doppler radar measures spin and tilt

    • Understanding how Doppler radar measures spin and tilt Quiz

    • Applying Doppler Radar Metrics

    • Applying Doppler Radar Metrics Quiz

    • Seams Imbalance Induced Break

    • Seams Imbalance Induced Break Quiz

    • Magnus Force Break

    • Magnus Force Break Quiz

    • Pitch Shape Tilt and spin tilt.

    • Pitch Shape Tilt and spin tilt Quiz

    • Different spin tilt for 2 seam fastballs

    • Different spin tilt for 2 seam fastballs Quiz

    • Spin tilt for sliders

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Sliders Video Example

    • Spin tilt for Cutters

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Cutters Video Example

    • Spin tilt for curveballs

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Curveballs Video Example

    • Spin tilt for Changeups

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Changeups Video Example

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Changeups 2nd Example Video

    • Spin tilt for Fastball Sinkers

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Sinkers Video Example

    • Spin tilt for Fastball Runners

    • Spin Tilt Changes For Runners Video Example

    • Arm Slots and Release Height

    • Arm Slots and Release Height Quiz

    • Stride & Extension

    • Stride & Extension Quiz

    • Using Different Positions on the Pitching Rubber

    • Using Different Sides of the Pitching Rubber Video Example

    • Horizontal Approach Angle

    • Horizontal Approach Angle Quiz

    • Vertical Approach Angle

    • Vertical Approach Angle Quiz

    • Pitch Velocity Timing

    • Pitch Velocity Timing Quiz

    • Release Point Consistency

    • Release Point Consistency Quiz

    • Congratulations on Completing the Course!

Become Certified

Earn your course certificate from Pitchgrader upon completion !

Each section requires a passing grade of 70% or higher to move onto the next section. You can repeat sections and quizzes as often as you like.

You’ll be given access to your course certificate so you can print a copy for your records and a shareable online link to your certificate to add to your profile on sites such as LinkedIn, etc. We don’t publish the names of our graduates, but if contacted we will confirm upon your request.

Convenient online reference : Access any part of the course material any time for up to a year even after you've completed the course.