The u-Tee® is the result of years of research, engineering, testing, and development. A descendant of Harvey Ratner’s inverted tee, the u-Tee’s patented design and functionality provide the hitter with a releasable modified ball (baseball/softball/wiffle ball/training ball) held by magnetic force by a high strength laminated cable system. It’s functionality has scientifically proven to be superior to “traditional” tees in a study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland.
The height of the ball on the u-Tee® is selected by the hitter or coach and maintained by one of three mechanisms (vertical side releasable magnet, counterweight, or fixed attachment). The inside/outside ball position with the u-Tee® is selected with sliding of a telescoping horizontal tube system. Forward/backward ball position is accomplished by positioning of the vertical tube system. Timing work is accomplished with the unique pendulum swinging functionality of the u-Tee®.
The functionality of the u-Tee® and modified balls benefits hitters of all levels from 3 years old to adult:
1. Ball presentation in any position in the hitter’s strike zone for highly effective practice and instruction.
2. Ball presentation outside of the hitter’s strike zone for highly effective practice and instruction.
3. Pendulum swinging of the ball to allow for highly effective “loading” and “timing” instruction and practice with reaction times that mimic 60 - 100 mph pitches.
4. Ability to upgrade to higher u-Tee® models by addition of individual parts designed to be complementary to all models.