What is the Florida Baseball Ranch®/Strength of Skills® Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit?

In case you've been living under a rock, here's how the whole idea got started:

In December of 2014, Frans Bosch, one of the world's most preeminent motor learning and 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, boldly stated, 

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

After many deep, thought-provoking conversations, Frans, Randy Sullivan (CEO and founder of The Florida Baseball Ranch®), and other enlightened thinkers in the Dutch National Federation, decided to create a motor learning and skill acquisition conference targeted specifically for baseball. 

The inaugural event in 2018 was a resounding success. After the Summit, three of our esteemed presenters were hired as consultants for MLB teams in attendance, and the Dutch contingent formed a new corporation know as Strength of Skills®.

According feedback from the participants, Summit 2018 was "world class" and "a game changer." 

And, now we have some great news

We're getting the band back together!

That's right! Every one of our 2018 panelists has agreed to join us for an encore performance. 

* This will be far more than a mere rehash of last year's information. Each one of our speakers has redoubled his efforts in research, innovation, and application. Each segment will be chock full of new ideas.* 

If you thought last year's Summit was useful, wait until you see what we have in store for you in 2019! 

2018 Summit attendees were ignited to action by the information they learned. As reports of implementation came in, we were thrilled. It was clear that coaches understood the value of this revolutionary approach to player development. Coaches and players at every level were seeing previoulsy unimaginable results. 

To our delight, instructors and coaches were applying what they had learned in insprired and innovative fashion. But, in time, it became evident that the changes being made, while often quite good, were falling short of being great. Training strategies were not always being individualized to meet the needs of every player. We realized that with a few adjustments good could indeed become great!

The obvious next step was to develop and present a simple process that would facilitate the development of customized dynamical systems training plans that could be laser-targeted to address the complex needs of every athlete -- regardless of age and/or ability level. 

In that light ...

This year's theme will be:

A Dynamical Systems Approach To Hyper-individualization of Pitcher and Hitter Training

Attendees will learn quick and easy processes that will allow them assess, categorize, individualize and prioritize training interventions to optimize results for each player. 

We'll present real-world case studies that will illuminate the key components of player assessment and training plan development/execution. 

Each participant will recieve a comprehensive workbook that will facilitate comprehension of the material and will optimize the learning process.

 Much of the information will come from Frans' new book, The Anatomy of Agility 

(not yet published). 

You'll be among the first to have access to these transformational ideas.  

Check out this SAVAGE list of presenters!

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

Frans Bosch

Motor learning, skill acquisiton, and biomechanics 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 Nijhoff

Technical Director, Dutch Olympic Softball and Baseball Talent High Perfromance Center

Perception-action expert

Pittsburgh Pirates

Faculty member The Fontys University, The Netherlands

Paul Venner, MSc

Masters Degree in Strength & Conditioning

Head of Athletic Performance, Dutch Baseball

Founder Ultimateinstability

Bart Hanegraaff

Motor learning and skill acquisiton expert

Hitting Coach

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

David Mann

Vision, Sport Skill Acquisiton Expert

Associate Professor, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* Each Speaker will briefly review his 2018 topic. *

Here's a quick look at what our presenters will be covering of the regular 2 days.

Frans Bosch:

  • A summary of dynamic systems with focus on self-organization  
  • Introduction of parallels between comparable patterns in several sports with detailed implications for baseball

Rob Gray:

  • Emerging research and application in the area of representative design and transfer
  • The case for individualizaiton in training

Martijn Nijhoff, Paul Venner, Bart Hanegraaff

  • Methods of intrinsic learning for hitting and pitching. 
  • Hitter's case study
  • Strength and conditioning case study
  • Five year report on Rick van den Hurk, Holland's Japanese Professional League superstar

Ron Wolforth:

  • A process model for assessment and hyper-individualization of training
  • Assess, Categorize, Customize, Prioritize
  • Return on Training Time (ROTT)
  • Case study: Programming training plans under DST and CLA

Randy Sullivan:

  • Self-organization, CLA and differential learning in arm care and return to throwing
  • In House Research Findings: Quantifying the influence of physical mobility/stability attributes and biomechanical attractors on velocity and arm pain/injury (Lots of ways to throw hard. Only a few ways to throw hard and safe.)
  • Unveiling a revolutionary new app/algorithm for objectively measuring readiness for workload

The Florida Baseball Ranch®/SOS 2019 Baseaball Skill Acquisition Conference brings hundreds of progressive 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 that funnels the information from scientific theory down to "boots on the ground" actionable plans.  

Saturday 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 real-life case studies and four separate practical application rotations.

Saturday, October 12 , 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 13, 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. 

Day 2 will take place at 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