Partnership aims to enhance player development and fan experience at all levels.
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced a partnership with Pocket Radar to become an official supplier of the organization as the “preferred hand-held radar.” This partnership will focus on making players, coaches, and fans - from youth baseball all the way to the professional ranks - aware of Pocket Radar’s emerging technologies and services that help players improve and enhance the experience of fans in the stands.
“USA Baseball is the gold standard in the world of diamond sports,” said Taylor Alexander, VP Strategy & Business Development for Pocket Radar. “They are at the very core of growing the game by helping players develop and achieve their goals from youth baseball, to USA Baseball events and national teams, all the way to the professional realm. For more than a decade, Pocket Radar has also been part of that journey of helping players across all levels improve and reach their dreams. That’s why we are extremely proud to officially partner with USA Baseball and work together to create opportunities for those who love this great sport.”
Pocket Radar, an amateur and professional sports’ leading portable, affordable, reliable, and easy-to-use radar system, is making an impact on the offensive and defensive side across all levels of the game. While the device is used for pitcher improvement and development, it is additionally used by hitting coaches, player development staff, and scouts to measure pitching, throwing, and exit velocity in batting practice to help players rise to new levels of performance on the diamond.
“In today’s game, where peak velocity is reaching new levels, Pocket Radar allows us to work with pitchers to teach feel and touch without altering their deliveries,” said Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach and two-time USA Baseball alumnus Mark Prior. “Pocket Radar allows us to monitor arm health as well as instruct players to add or subtract intensity levels based on readings. I encourage our staff to use it to teach new pitches, change speeds on current pitches and change these intensity levels.”
Part of USA Baseball’s mission is to promote and develop the game on a grassroots level. That includes growing and enhancing the use of technologies that help players improve while also engaging fans by providing them with ways to better understand and enjoy what is happening on the field. That is accomplished through the Pocket Radar Smart Coach and PLUS subscription in the Pocket Radar Sports App.
“USA Baseball is extremely excited to begin this partnership with Pocket Radar,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “We take pride in the development aspect of youth and amateur baseball, and we believe the technology that Pocket Radar provides will allow us to not only enhance the overall experience of our event participants and national team players and coaches, but also provide fans with real-time information to recognize what is unfolding on the field.”
Pocket Radar is thrilled to be leading this enhanced fan-experience revolution with its newly released Pocket Radar PLUS package, which captures validated velocity for every pitch while adding video evidence and context. This allows for the subscriber to manually tag pitch type, location and velocity, all overlaid on video showing the pitcher’s mechanics and visual outcome of every pitch.
Together, these technologies also provide players with factual data and visual evidence that will help them get better while also being able to share those things with scouts and recruiters who are searching for rising talent. Through Pocket Radar’s technology and USA Baseball’s comprehensive reach, the partners are confident this new alliance will help them work together to grow the game.
*About Pocket Radar
*Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Pocket Radar, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures revolutionary speed tracking technology for a wide range of applications. By providing an affordable and convenient solution to pro-performance radar technology, we have forged a new standard in accurate speed-based training making it accessible to the masses. Used by everyone from MLB coaches to youth sports athletes and parents, Pocket Radar is easy-to-use and rugged enough for professionals and amateurs alike and is ushering in a new era of speed radar technology to transform the way players, coaches, and fans understand the importance of metrics and data.
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