ST. ALBANS – With a bat in hand, Zac Moraine sends a baseball into the net. A few moments later, a large television shows what has just happened. Numbers on exit speed, launch angle, spin and distance jump across the screen.
He beats another ball and a new set of numbers appears. Each time, the variables are recorded and stored.
For Moraine, it’s just another day’s work at 802 Baseball Lab, a new training facility for baseball players in St. Albans.
Moraine and his co-owner Seth Douglas installed 802 last December to help baseball players use data. Moraine worked with a company that developed baseball coaching software, and Douglas spent some time as a professional player.
The idea for 802 was born when they met.
“We both had the same goal and the same idea,” Douglas said. “Fortunately, we crossed paths. Basically, he sort of takes care of the pitching. I focus a lot on hitting. We both work on programming.
At 802, every swing and throw is analyzed by a small Rapsodo camera/radar system that records and tracks each athlete’s movements. Later, Moraine and Douglas can use the information to figure out what could be improved.
For example, if a player’s bat swing is below average, their data collection systems can discover this and 802 coaches can prescribe a tailored training program.
Players can also use instant feedback to determine the best ways to approach a particular move and alleviate ineffective habits.
“Having all of this data allows us to understand what’s going on and allows us to create a training program,” Moraine said. “As [players] change over time, we can track that as well.
Although the process may seem complicated, the lab itself is a large open space equipped with a range of throws and strikes. Moraine said they are setting up a practice area so athletes can go to the gymnasium inside the lab. In the future, they also plan to use high-speed cameras to better see arm movements and angles.
“I always want to get good data at my job so the kids get better,” Moraine said.
While the two are currently looking to work with student athletes — primarily those ages 12 and up — Moraine said the program’s apps could also help baseball coaches take a more sophisticated, data-driven approach to training a team. crew.
Moraine called it Moneyball 2.0. With the right tools, coaches can cultivate each player’s strengths to discover how to create a better team instead of relying too heavily on top athletes.
Douglas, who has seen how professionals train, said such tweaks and tweaks have become the norm for maintaining good playing strategies.
“I like [baseball]”, Douglas said. “I know a lot of people say it’s boring and it’s slow, but I watch everything in between. … I like the strategy of this one, the little preparation for a game. As a coach or trainer, it is to dig deeper between the two.
And ultimately, it helps student-athletes excel in the game.
“I want to make sure that whatever their skill level they can get to the next skill level because they worked hard and they had all the tools at their disposal,” Moraine said.
Those interested in starting a tailored off-season training program can contact 802 Baseball Lab at [email protected], or by calling (802)-404-5001. They are currently located at 999 Wilder Drive, accessible after taking a long, winding road on the south side of St. Albans.
Douglas said the location is a bit off the beaten path, but the wide-open, well-lit warehouse gives athletes plenty of space to test out their hits, throws, and throws.
“With the training program, we do a three-day assessment. The first week is used to hone in on our guys – whether we know them or not – to find their base numbers and see what they look like from our perspective. Then we build the program,” Douglas said. “Kids can take big steps toward success, either earlier in their off-season or during in-season transitions.”