Mar 18 – Acalanes Students Caught Tagging
Matt Self and Tyler Sverak Become Acalanes Baseball’s First “Official Taggers”
Contributors: Adam Henderson, John Whelehan, Jon Ewing
Acalanes Baseball Program has hired two students as “Official Taggers” to improve player performance and coach analysis. The Acalanes Baseball Program utilizes an innovative video analysis system that is built with state-of-the-art technology and designed specifically for baseball instruction. The RightView Pro (RVP) Video Analysis System is a premier training solution for coaches and players with technology designed for hitting and pitching analysis.
At the suggestion of Head Coach Justin Hughes, the program hired two Acalanes Students to serve as “Official RightView Pro Taggers” for home baseball games to better utilize the capabilities of the system. Matt Self, a senior and Tyler Sverak, a sophomore at Acalanes were hired and subsequently trained by hitting coach, Clint Hoover and former MLB player, Don Slaught, owner of RVP. They are both excellent students and have quickly embraced the complexities of the system and its applications to help Acalanes players and coaches perform at a higher level.
Interestingly, the SF Giants, many other MLB Teams, and numerous D-1 College programs use the system. The system has the capacity to analyze hitters and pitchers and compare their mechanics to All-Star MLB players. Additionally, the tagging of each pitch and each inning allows for an accumulation of data that is extremely helpful such as:
– How batters hit in various counts.
– Where teams hit the ball thus allowing for defensive positioning.
– Pitchers tendencies in various counts.
– How hitters perform in various counts.
With an eye toward fully using the RVP System, the Lafayette A’s, in conjunction with Boosters, Justin Hughes, Coach Lorge, and the school administration developed a job description for the position, advertised it throughout the school, and then selected Matt & Tyler for the job.
It is a great example of coaches, administrators, and parents working together to create opportunity and valuable training for students considering sports technology or related field in software as a career path. Matt & Tyler are doing so well that Don Slaught has identified them as candidates for tagging when he uses the system at Baseball Showcases in Northern California. Further, these two students will find this to be an excellent addition to their college resumes. They may even find the baseball program at the college they attend uses this system. As ‘Official Taggers’ it opens up a great student job opportunity for them in college and beyond…….and even offers career potential!