The common example for demonstrating block vs randomized training is flashing problems on a screen. 21/3 The answer is 7. After you solve it the first time, if 21/3 is flashed every time... well there’s no problem solving going on... you just keep saying 7 instantly.
Hitting is simple, it’s just not that easy. It’s also just not THAT simple. While you don’t need to understand trigonometry, the problem you are solving is more complex then 21/3. It’s more like: (21/3 -5)^2 + (14-4)/(3+2) Where order of operations is critical.
Decision training for hitters is understanding that there is an order of operations. We can start the problem and begin simplifying the equation, breaking it down to one calcualtion. This is a big part of timing . You don’t solve a complex equation in 98mph fb reaction time.
You do need to learn how to simplify a complex problem down to a simple 21/3 before ball release though and that is really effective decision training without even swinging.
Most hitters are up there and they are still breaking down their complex problem, still have two or more calculations after ball realease. (1+4*2)/(7-4) + 5 - (3+2) No numbers or functions there are intimidating. But there are no brainer trip ups.
So if we are practicing curveball machine and it’s rolling right into my barrel and I start barreling from the 3rd rep on... has learning stopped? Did I beat the drill? Does it need to progress? NO! Order of operations. You’ve got to establish WHEN and WHERE!
Where do you swing from... and when!
Get the work out of the way.... okay it’s simplified. Okay now when... Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhhtttttttt NOW!