Grandfather of Baseball Sports Vision, Dr. Bill Harrison.


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On this episode of Baseball Outside the Box, Coach Caliendo interviews Dr. Bill Harrison, a man way ahead of his time in the 70’s on baseball sports vision. Baseball Outside the Box believes vision training is the most important skill that coaches and players need to focus on before skill development. So important, this is the second show which discusses vision training with Slow The Game Down. Vision is the key to the success and failure when it comes to the development of the fundamental skills. Dr. Harrison discusses many areas of sports vision plus drills to help coaches and players. We begin the talk with the time he started as a vision coach at the famous Kansas City Royals academy in the 70’s. Plus, we discuss how the owner Mr. Ewing Kaufman called him to come teach the coaches and players at the academy. In those days vision doctors were not considered coaches of baseball skills. The big questions, why are we not training vision first? Eyes to Brain to body sounds like a common sense approach to why you would train vision first. He has been called a vision and focus coach, Dr. Harrison explain’s the difference and how they work together. Most players brains use one eye but you can train to use 2 eyes. He discusses some simple ways to do it. Dr. Harrison related many things to hitting, pitching and other fundamental skills of the game. Utilizing vision training in your practice is a must and how can you do it, where to implement it and why. Try not to let your mechanics disrupt your vision. Why parents and coaches should not talk at all about skills when a player is playing. Being able to see properly allows you to anticipate things that might occur before they happen. Visual training by watching slow-motion videos of great swings, great plays on defense allow you to see and perform better. Video tapping kids doing great things and watching it is a way of visual training. Are sophisticated and digital equipment needed to help players get better? Kids now days are on computers/phones/tablets an average of 6 hours a day, good, bad, thoughts? What are you working on these days relevant to “head knocks” and their effect. What recommendations do you have for coach’s on dealing with concussions. Very mild concussions, head knocks, and their impact on performance.

Dr. Bill Harrison’s work in professional baseball began in 1971 with the Kansas City Royals. Baseball Hall of Fame star George Brett was among the first players he trained.. Since that time he has worked with 12 MLB organizations, and many NCAA baseball programs. Most recently he and his company have worked with the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants. Among the coaches and baseball leaders who participated in his training programs were Jack McKeon, Syd Thrift, Rex Bowen, Branch Rickey, Jr, John Schuerholz, Charley Lau, Mel Didier, Harry Dunlap, Karl Kuehl and Bam-Bam Meulens. College coaches include Augie Garrido, Gene Stephenson, Bob Bennett, John Scolinos, Andy Lopez, Pat Casey and many others. Through the years he has worked hundreds of baseball stars including position players, Lou Piniella, Frank White, Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn in the 1980’s, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Shawn Green in the ‘90’s; Carlos Beltran, Mike Sweeney, Sean Casey, Jose Guillen, Jonny Gomes, Adam Dunn, Angel Pagan, Giancarlo Stanton and Hunter Pence in the 2000’s. Pitchers include Paul Splittorff, Ron Bryant, and Bert Blyleven in the 1970’s, Doug Drabek, Steve Trachsel, and Pete Harnisch in the 90’s; Greg Maddux, Jason Johnson, Mark Hendrickson, Bronson Arroyo and Danny Graves in the 2000’s. Many consider him to be one of this country’s premier minds for sports enhancement as countless world-class athletes prepare for competition with Dr. Harrison’s concepts in their training programs. A frequent contributor to Collegiate Baseball News and the co-author with Ryan Harrison of recently released books, “How2Focus: Like the Pros,” “How2Focus: The Hitter’s Zone,” and “How2Focus: The Pitcher’s Zone.”

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