View Full Version : Study finds kids can't hit slow pitches

05-05-2005, 11:39 AM

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You're throwing a ball for a toddler to smack with a plastic bat. You toss it gently, slowly, to make it easier. He just can't hit it.

It's because you throw too slowly, a new study finds.
Kids' brains aren't wired for slow motion.
"When you throw something slowly to a child, you think you're doing them a favor by trying to be helpful," said Terri Lewis, professor of psychology at McMaster University. "Slow balls actually appear stationary to a child."
Add a little speed to the pitch, Lewis and her colleagues suggest, and the child is able to judge its speed more accurately.
"Our brain has very few neurons that deal specifically with slow motion and many neurons that deal with faster motion," Lewis said. "Even adults are worse at slow speeds than they are at faster speeds."
Kids' neurons are immature, making the task even more challenging for them.
The study will be detailed in the July issue of Vision Research.

05-06-2005, 04:14 PM
When I used to play whiffle ball in the back yard I could hit everything my brother threw at me, except the lob pitch.

05-06-2005, 04:44 PM
So, does this mean that I'm a better athlete than Mike Sweeney... cause I hit the sh!t outta the softball on Sundays!

He may be able to hit the fast ones, but I can hit the really slow ones... fug you Sweeney!

05-06-2005, 04:46 PM
I thought this thread was about hitting slow bitches. Cause i have nailed a few with learning disabilities in my time

05-06-2005, 05:14 PM
I thought this thread was about hitting slow bitches. Cause i have nailed a few with learning disabilities in my time

You wouldn't happen to go by Lamar Hunt, Jr. would you?

05-06-2005, 05:21 PM
I agree with the study, its harder to find a reference point on a slow moving arching object.

05-06-2005, 05:37 PM
So in reality it's HARDER for opposing batters to hit off the Royals pitching staff than other clubs?

05-06-2005, 06:24 PM
The key here is kids not adults have an issue. The Royals players well....this isnt their issue.

I have a competitive baseball team of 13 year olds. They will consistently see high 60's low 70's fastballs. We faced a pitcher in a tournament this last weekend that threw about mid 40's and we couldn't hit him. Go figure

05-06-2005, 08:31 PM
By this logic, Zack Grienke should be 5-0.

05-06-2005, 08:37 PM
i pitch fast to my 3 year old, and he smokes them... when I throw slow, he rarely hits them.

Dude loves baseball.