Lokator System Definitions and Terminology
- FB- Fastball, 4 seam, 2 seam (Sinker), Cut
- BB- Curveball, Slider, Slurve, Dropball, Riseball
- CH- Change up, Split finger, Knuckleball
- Off speed- Anything other than a fastball
Batters and Pitchers
- RHP- Right Handed Pitcher
- LHP- Left Handed Pitcher
- RHB- Right Handed Batter
- LHB- Left Handed Batter
- Hitter's Counts/ Fastball Counts/ Hitter Ahead- 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, 3-1
- Pitcher's Counts/ Off Speed Counts/ Pitcher Ahead- 0-1, 0-2, 1-2
- Even Counts- 0-0, 1-1, 2-2
- Neutral Count- 3-2
- Flat Plane- A pitch that ends up above the 1/ 2/ 3 Go Zone.
- Downhill Plane- A pitch that ends up in or below the Go Zone.
- Change Planes- Alternating between a flat planed pitch to a downhill planed pitch or vice versa.
- Increased Perceived Velocity- A fastball looks faster than it actually is because the pitcher commands off speed in the Go Zone. The hitter's timing is bad.
- Decreased Perceived Velocity- A fastball looks slower than it actually is because the pitcher cannot command off speed in the Go Zone. The hitter's timing is good.
Hitter's Bat Speed
- Slow Bat- Hitter generally has slow hands and swings late on fastballs, especially inside fastballs.
- Quick Bat- Hitter generally has quick hands and good bat speed, does not struggle with inside fastballs.
- Speed Bat Up- Hitter swings early on an off speed pitch after pitcher commands fastball in the Go Zone.
- Slow Bat Down- Hitter swings late on a fastball after the pitcher commands off speed in the Go Zone.
Sides of the Plate
- Arm-side- The pitcher's throwing arm half of the plate.
- Opposite Arm-side- The pitcher's glove arm half of the plate
Types of Breaking Balls
- Backdoor- Facing opposite handed batter, throwing a breaking ball to arm-side Go or Chase Zone.
- Frontdoor- Facing same handed batter, throwing breaking ball to inside Go or Chase Zone.
- Backfoot- A breaking ball in the dirt behind the plate or near the back foot of an opposite side batter.
- Get-me-over- Typically a slower more controlled break on the pitch ending in the Go Zone.
- Dry Work- Doing the drills shown in the mechanics section of the Lokator Website without a ball. Trying to create new muscle memory with repetition.
- Lock-in-Pitch- A fastball at the 1/ 5 for RHP. A fastball at the 3/ 6 for LHP
- Slot- The imaginary tunnel the ball travels through and the point in space it is in when the hitter decides to swing or not to swing.
- Climb the Ladder- When a hitter has trouble laying off the high fastball and following pitch selection is another fastball a bit higher than the last one.
- Pitching Backwards- A pitch sequence when off speed is thrown early in the count for a strike (Go Zone) and fastballs are used late in the count to put the hitter away (Freeze Zones).