Myth – “Keep your eye on the ball” – Perhaps the most common coaching phrase of all time in relation to catching or hitting a ball, but it’s actually impossible !!
Myth Busted- “Watch the ball” is sound advice during the initial stages of ball tracking. However, unless the ball travel is directly towards your eyes, it is simply impossible to “keep your eye on the ball” in the all important catching/hitting zone. Watch elite athletes just as they hit a ball or take a catch, and see where their eyes are directed. Develop these skills by simply asking yourself: “What was the last colour I saw on the Crazy Catch vision ball?” Now with a clearly defined start and end point, you can fast track your vision skills.
Interestingly, these tracking skills are the same required for the development of successful reading, with the eyes required to learn jump movements.