WAUSAU, Wis., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you good enough to get noticed by baseball scouts? Eastbay's new Close the Gap Baseball training portal can help you answer that question — and help you improve your performance — by comparing your stats to those of the top youth American Baseball University (ABU) athletes in the country. Of course, it's only fair that players are compared to elite players who are their same age and play their position. So players, from grades six to twelve, start by entering their grade, position and whether they bat left or right handed. They also enter stats from tests like the 60-yard dash, pitch velocity, pop-up time and more.
Once players enter the data, stats of top ABU athletes are shown. American Baseball University mirrors much of their hugely successful Football University sister program, with baseball training camps held across the country for student athletes who want to gain the competitive edge. Much of the statistical data used to develop Close the Gap came directly from stats collected at those training camps.
Eastbay takes the experience even further by providing key training videos specific for each player's strengths and weaknesses to help them "close the gap" between their performance and that of the best baseball players.
STACK Magazine provided the majority of the training videos that feature pro athletes like Evan Longoria and Gordon Beckham and elite training centers like Cal State.
Eastbay wants every athlete to succeed, and besides simply providing them with the largest selection of pro-quality footwear, clothing and equipment, they offer tricks and tools to increase the skill level of any player who is willing to make an extra effort.
Eastbay is a leading world supplier of athletic footwear, apparel and sports equipment. It was established to meet the performance needs of high school and college athletes. This venture grew into a worldwide direct mail catalog and Internet sales conglomerate featuring top athletic brands such as adidas, ASICS, Reebok, Converse, New Balance, Saucony and Nike. To learn more visit www.eastbay.com.