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What is the Florida Baseball Ranch®/Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit?

In December of 2015, Frans Bosch, a professor of biomechanics at The Fontys University in The Netherlands, and one of the world's most preeminent skill acquisiton specialists, traveled to the The Texas Baseball Ranch® as the keynote speaker for a baseball coaches' boot camp. 

After outlining the basics for a few minutes, Frans stood confidently on the stage. He looked out at the nearly 200 baseball coaches in attendance -- men who make their living telling athletes how do something, watching them do it, then telling them how to do it better -- and in his classic Dutch accent he boldly stated, 

"The body has very little interest in what the coach has to say." 

The silence was deafening and the sense of uneasiness in the room was palpable. Heads, turned. Coaches shuffled papers and whispered muted astonishment. Undeterred, Frans pressed on, declaring:

"Over 300 studies have shown that the best performers are the ones that don't listen to their coach."  

Frans was not suggesting that successful players are disrespectful of their coach's well-intentioned instruction. His point was that motor learning research clearly indicates that in many cases, even the most brilliant verbal/cognitive cueing from a coach can be corruptive. This is especially true in skills like hitting and pitching, where the time constraints of the task don't allow room for thought. 

After conversations with Frans and other enlightend thinkers and coaches in The Dutch National Baseball and Softball Federations, we were compelled to create a motor learning and skill acquisition conference specifically for baseball. Our goal is to equip coaches and medical professionals involved in baseball with the knowledge and tools needed to design practices and rehabilitaton protocols that optimize and expedite talent development, while minimizing their risk of injury.

The 2019 speaker panel will be finalized soon.



Engage with industry thought leaders who will transform the way you think about baseball training.

Frans Bosch

Motor Learning and Skill Acquisiton Expert

Professor of Biomechanics, The Fontys University, The Netherlands 

Rob Gray 

Motor learning and skill acquisiton expert.

Perception Action Podcast, 

Faculty member, Arizona State University

Martijn Nihoff

Talent Coach, Dutch Baseball

Perception-Action Expert

Faculty member The Fontys University, The Netherlands

Paul Venner

Head of Athletic Performance, Dutch Baseball

Founder Ultimateinstability

Bart Hanegraaff

Motor Learning and Skill Acquisiton Expert

Hitting Coach

Dutch Baseball and Softball

Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS

Founder and CEO

The Florida Baseball Ranch®

Plant City, FL

Ron Wolforth

Founder and CEO

The Texas Baseball Ranch®

Montgomery, TX

The Florida Baseball Ranch®/Dutch Baseaball Skill Acquition Conference brings hundreds of innovative coaches, medical practicioners, thought leaders, and key influencers together for a two-day journey that will bridge the gap between Dynamic Systems Theory and application. It is an immersive and invaluable experience taking place over two action-packed days in beautiful Plant City, FL. 

Saturday's events will include keynote presentations and panels from some of the brightest minds in baseball skill acquisition theory. On Sunday, we'll put it all together and show you how to implement the concepts with four separate practical application rotations.

Saturday, October 5 , 2019: Hilton Garden Inn, 3839 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland, FL 33811

7:30am-8:00am Registration

8:00am-5:30pm: Theory/Applications Lectures

5:30pm-6:30pm: Panel Discussion

**Hours are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Sunday, October 6, 2019: Florida Baseball Ranch, 1411 S Wiggins Rd, Plant City FL 33603 (2 miles from Hilton Garden Inn)

8am-8:30am: Coffee and Donuts

830am-9:00am: Review and Weclome

9:00am-2:00pm: Practical Rotations


The Florida Baseball Ranch

1411 S Wiggins Rd

Plant City, Florida, 33566


Day 1 of the Skill Acqusition Summit will be held at The Hilton Garden Inn and The Florida Baseball Ranch® in the heart of central Florida's strawberry country. Just 3 miles south of I-4 and 1 mile west of County Line Road, the Ranch is approximately a 40 minute drive from both the Orlando and Tampa airports. 


Staybridge Suites 3855 Don Emerson Drive Lakeland, Florida 33811 863-225-2886

Event Discount $89/night

Courtyard Marriott Lakeland 3701 Harden Blvd Lakeland Florida 33803 863-680-2323

Event Discount $89/night