FAQs on Top96

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Rapsodo?

Rapsodo is a state-of-the-art, portable hardware system for tracking advanced analytics and metrics in real time. The portability and accessibility of Rapsodo have helped make it the standard in colleges nationwide for collecting advanced data and metrics on their players to aid in player instruction and development.

Using its technology platform, Rapsodo captures detailed data on every pitched and batted ball, including:

Pitching: velocity, strike zone analysis, spin rate, spin efficiency, true spin rate, pitch break (horizontal and vertical), spin axis, 3D trajectory modeling, release height, release angle, and release extension
Hitting: exit velocity, spin rate, launch angle, spin axis, direction/launch vector, and 3D ball flight modeling

Why does this data and these analytics matter? How do coaches use them to assess and recruit?

For college coaches, recruiting is about identifying the players that can contribute to their program over the course of their four years. At most schools, this means identifying players who are “projectable” with their skills – meaning they may not be a fully polished player, but they have the tools to contribute with some continued development. Coaches aren’t just recruiting the player that you are right now as a high school sophomore, junior, or senior – they’re recruiting the player that you’re going to be as a college freshman, and as a college senior. Because they need to gain this sense of “projectability” from their recruits, the more data and measurements they can use to flesh out who you are as a student-athlete is incredibly valuable.

This is where the in-depth analytics that Rapsodo provides can deliver value to college coaches. In addition to what they see from student-athletes at Top96 in the showcase and live gameplay portions, they also have access to these metrics that allow a complete, 360-degree look into your tools as a student-athlete, enabling them to more effectively assess your play right now, and your projectability to play in their program.

Because of the accessibility and relatively lower cost of Rapsodo, more college programs are able to utilize these same systems and analytics to assess and develop their players. This means two things:

1. More and more coaches are using these tools and analytics, so they know what this data means, and how to use them to assess players. While some of these analytics can seem arcane and confusing, coaches know what they mean and how to use them – and each piece of data adds to the overall, 360-degree assessment that they’re building of the players at camp.

2. Using these tools in their own programs gives them a baseline for where their current players stack with these metrics, enabling them to project back to prospective high school student-athletes using these numbers to gain a more complete picture of how these prospects can contribute to their program in the future.

Do players and families have access to the Rapsodo data after camp?

Yes. After the Rapsodo metrics are taken on Day 1 of camp, all student-athletes will be emailed their metrics, along with an explanation “cheat sheet” of what the data means, and how to use it moving forward to continue to develop your game.

The raw data and analytics from camp only tell part of the story. Having access to the necessary context to help you understand what it means and how it can help you continue to get better as a player is ultimately almost as important as the raw data itself.

Why are Top96 Camps regionally focused?

Region, city, and setting are key aspects to finding the right college fit, and the location of the schools you’re targeting matters to both your recruiting process and your college experience. School location – whether it’s close to home or across the country – is a crucial early filter on your college list, and Top96 is organized around this geographic decision to deliver guaranteed exposure to a variety of schools, all in your target region.

At Top96, “in-region colleges” means just that – colleges that are in your target geographic region. By focusing solely on these regional programs, Top96 delivers both exposure to the city and schools that you’re targeting, and also a critical volume and variety of schools to add value and efficiency in your recruiting process.