How to Simulate Pitch Speed & Hitter Reaction Time into One Easy Technique

by Robert Canary
(Hartford, KY)

(Don't worry, the pdf link included is easier to read than this pic)

(Don't worry, the pdf link included is easier to read than this pic)

While its hard to find pitchers to pitch consistently enough in practice, giving batters a better feel of higher speed pitches has always been a real dilemma for me.


However, after learning and making good habits of good mechanics, the only thing left for your young batter to experience is "Reaction Time".

I have discovered the reaction between certain speeds and distance are the same. Example: the reaction to a ball thrown at 105mph from 50 feet, is the same as 70mph from 40feet. (0.390 seconds or 390ms)

I did this because of try to get around limited space, and bad pitching machines that are to weak to produce higher velocities, or they are a nuisance to readjust. It seems to work, both my fastpitch students and my baseball students are staying right on target, despite the close proximity to the Iron Mike pitching machines we use.

I have attached a JPG file of the chart that I created showing reaction time. The chart was also useful for fielding. It allowed me to show the level of performance an infielder must achieve to beat a runner to base. This is why the chart varies between 10 feet and 105MPH, and 25MPH at 105 feet.

Here is a
link to the printable PDF chart


What are your thoughts?

Swing Smarter Response:
Robert, I like your style. I agree, once mechanics are at a maintenance level, to simulate faster reaction time for a hitter at higher pitched velocities is to cut the distance down and of course the speed...therefore, our pitchers don't have to throw as hard and the hitters get more consistent "accurate" pitches at higher simulated speeds.

I remember watching a baseball game when Edgar Martinez was still playing for the Seattle Mariners, and the commentators on TV had talked to Edgar about how he keeps himself so fresh in his solely DH role on the team...he replied close range BP where the thrower would toss a ball 45mph from 30 feet away, which translates (according to your pdf chart on reaction time) to roughly 90mph at 60 feet away.

I think I could throw pretty accurate at 30 feet, and definitely get up to 45mph...you see guys all the time do it at "Test Your Speed" functions in carnivals.

Awesome stuff Robert, you're a gentleman and a scholar :)

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Oct 21, 2014
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Chart down...
by: Joey from SwingSmarter.com

To anonymous doing the school project...there was a comment on June 20th that will help answer your reaction time questions in the post. This is basically a Physics question, so you can search Google for "reaction time pitched ball" and maybe another source will come up. Unfortunately, this chart isn't available.

Oct 20, 2014
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Science fair
by: Anonymous

Hey i am trying to do science fair research paper and my question is the does the speed of the picth affect the player ablety to swing and we have to have 10 souces on it and it is impossible to find sources to need four more and i found this one and it was going to be great but the f***king pdf does not open please fix it.

Sep 11, 2014
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Sorry link is broken
by: Joey from SwingSmarter.com

Robert (the guy who sent it to me) said the server where this was kept has be relocated. He said he'd get the updated location and share...

Sep 10, 2014
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PDF
by: Anonymous

Looks like your link is broken.

Jun 20, 2014
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Brief chart explaination
by: Anonymous

The chart basically revealed one major attribute that you can always rely on to be true.

A ball thrown from
60ft @ 60MPH
30ft @ 30MPH
120ft @ 120MPH
ALL have the same reaction time.

If the feet value equals the speed value then the reaction time is the same.

Jun 20, 2014
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Ooops
by: Anonymous

Sorry about that. That server was relocated. I'll try to recover the chart.

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Robert

May 31, 2014
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cant open the pdf file?
by: Anonymous

I have tried to open the pdf file to print out but cannot? thanks

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