The Sports Science Laboratory (SSL)
Specializing in the dynamics of bat and ball collisions


The Sports Science Laboratory (SSL) specializes in the dynamics of bat and ball collisions. The results of this work help regulating agencies better understand equipment performance through experimental testing and numeric models. The lab is certified with the NCAA, USA Softball, and USA Baseball and contracts with bat and ball manufacturers to verify compliance and evaluate prototype products.

Our lab consists of Director Dr. Lloyd V. Smith, Deputy Director Nick Smith, a Lab Engineer, a Research Operations Engineer, a Senior Research Technologist, Program Specialist Tana Crawford, Research Technologist Jackson Raney and a staff of undergraduate technicians. The lab also supports graduate students who conduct sports science research.

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