Pro Teams and Amateurs in Baseball Using Pocket Radar to Monitor Health and Effort Levels

Because of their compact size, discreetness and pro-level accuracy, our products are the preferred speed measurement tools of many of the top professional baseball organizations across the globe.  They are usually found in the cages or on the field during BP with hitters working on improving their exit velocities, and in the bullpen area with pitchers tinkering with pitch types working on mixing speeds.  Another reason they are used by pro teams and amateurs for pitching is to get a baseline of velocity for health related purposes.  That is mentioned inside a recent update from MLB.com’s Adam Berry, discussing the rehab of Pirates pitcher, Joe Musgrove.

Here’s an excerpt from the article found here:  Musgrove to throw bullpen session Thursday

Pirates Director of sports medicine, Todd Tomczyk, said the Pirates have been monitoring Musgrove’s flat-ground throwing sessions with a “pocket radar” to measure his effort level.

“To have a guy see what the velocity is [and] then put a number behind it, Joe is learning to condition the arm at a certain intensity, yet not put his arm health in jeopardy for recovery,” Tomczyk said. “There’s still some hurdles that he needs to overcome before he gets back into the mix.”

Click on the image below to watch the video and read the story:

This isn’t the first time we have seen the Ball Coach radar in use with the Pirates in 2018

We have been hearing similar feedback from coaches and trainers about the benefits of training with instant numerical feedback, and why it is extremely valuable in not only helping players rehab from injury, but also identify and alert of the possibility of future injury.

Here is a story from Randy Glaze, a father of a youth pitcher who began experiencing arm fatigue and diminished velocity shared with us:  “You will be pleased to know that the Ball Coach radar has been working great, as I have used it for every game my son pitches.  Also, on a more serious note, because I was able to use the radar at the beginning of the season, I have been keeping records of my sons velocity.  After a month of pitching I noticed his velocity falling off 8-10mph from late February, until last week. With that, I knew he had some type of arm injury/problem. We just went to the orthopedic doctor for the Texas Rangers yesterday, where they diagnosed him with bicep tendinitis.  Having the Ball Coach really helped me know quickly that he had an arm issue and we were able to get him into a doctors office, where hopefully we were proactive in preventing further arm injury. Thank you guys for a wonder product.”

Stories like these make us very proud to create a product that helps not only with training, but also with injury rehabilitation and prevention.

Here are a few more soundbites from some of the top coaches and trainers in baseball discussing the advantages of using radar to monitor arm fatigue and health with pitchers:

Stan Conte, PT, DPT, ATC (23 years of Major League baseball experience in the management, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of the Major and Minor League baseball players injuries):

“The small size makes it ideal for training injured pitchers, as they need to slow their pitches while they recover from shoulder and elbow injuries, and pitchers tend to throw harder when they see a full-size gun. A player knows he is being monitored. It’s like taking a picture on a cell phone, it’s so small, they quickly forget you’re doing it.”

Dr. Tom House, founder of the National Pitching Association):

“A break down in mechanics caused by fatigue is almost always the root cause of every pitching arm injury I have come across in my over 30-plus years working with pitchers. Unfortunately, many youth instructors do not realize that a young player has entered the injury risk zone until it is too late.  I’ve been waiting a long time for a radar gun that is specifically designed as a training aid for young players, and Ball Coach radar is a perfect complement to our Velocity Plus pitching program as it enables our certified instructors to gradually develop a player’s arm strength and muscle memory with little risk of injury. A drop of just a couple of MPH in pitch velocity can be an indicator that a young player is at increased risk for sustaining a serious arm injury. The Ball Coach radar should be every coach’s early warning indicator for player fatigue.”

Mark Prior, Los Angeles Dodgers Bullpen Coach:

“In today’s game where peak velocity is reaching new levels, the Pocket Radar allows us to work with pitchers to teach feel and touch without altering their deliveries.   Controlling intensity levels in professional baseball can be a challenge for new professional pitchers.  The daily maintenance of a pitcher during a 5 to 6 month period  will break down the most physically fit person.  The 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 as a way to teach new pitches, change speeds on current pitches and control these intensity levels.”

 

Please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com if you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories.

Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network Podcast: “Pocket Sized Pt. 2”

Pocket Radar’s CEO Steve Goody and President/COO Chris Stewart appeared on the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network Podcast (hosted by Austin Carroll) to “give some pointers on the proper use of how to use a radar gun and some common issues that arise from improper use. Steve and Chris even tease some of the other topics that Austin and the Pocket Radar co-founders will cover in the future.”  Listen to their conversion below:

About Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network

The Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network offers access to our nationwide network of 125 scouts that collect qualitative and quantitative statistics, videos, and velocities nationwide to MLB Teams, Collegiate Summer Leagues, Player Rep Agencies, Independent Leagues, and Collegiate Teams.

Website:  https://cbscout.net/

 

About Pocket Radar

From the world’s smallest certified accurate speed radar, to the only radar gun specifically designed for coaching and training, Pocket Radar has engineered a revolutionary product line to fit your speed measurement needs. Each Pocket Radar design includes exceptional performance and technology that fits in the palm of your hand. Pocket Radar products are convenient and rugged enough for everyday use by everyone from pro to amateur, to National Championship winning coaches and anyone interested in speed. For more information about Pocket Radar, visit www.PocketRadar.com

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at Info@PocketRadar.com

Pro Radar System Used at 2018 Stampede High School Softball Tournament in Livermore, CA

Pocket Radar was proud to help out with the 2018 Stampede High School Softball Tournament, held in Livermore, CA from April 5-7th.  We were happy to have them demo our newest product, the Pro Radar System with Smart Display to help bring some meaningful Exit Velocity and Throwing Speed numbers to the event that featured 16 of the top varsity  high school talented teams in Northern California.

The new Pro Radar System from Pocket Radar, Inc. is the most affordable pro performance radar system on the market.  The Pro Radar System has up to 200 feet of range on a baseball, over 300 feet on larger objects and is very portable for on-field battery powered operation that lasts all day.  It has multiple mounting configurations, uses standard Alkaline C-size batteries and is also compatible with standard USB power supply and battery solutions.  Players and coaches working with training facilities, showcases, camps, clinics and combines will be able to get instant feedback on Ball Exit Velocity as well as Pitching, Serving, Shooting & Throwing Speeds to help them get better faster.  It also creates an interactive experience for spectators. Visit the Pro Radar System Landing Page for more information.

Here is some feedback we received from one of the tournament organizers, Jeremy Luke, about the value the Pro Radar System brought to the event.

“We had the great fortune to use and get to know the Pro Radar System by Pocket Radar during the Livermore Stampede high school varsity softball tournament.  The Pro Radar System was a huge Hit among the crowd, coaches and sports writers who attended the event. The amount of compliments and questions we fielded were plenty.  So much so that I have been asked to bring it back again next year marking our 25th year of the Stampede Tournament.  The Pro Radar System is very versatile, light weight and extremely easy to set up and use.  It can be operated Via standard 120v powered outlet or 4 C batteries which makes it a completely mobile (take anywhere unit).  It has a great auto off feature that is utilized during battery use to preserve battery life.  We found the recall feature to be beneficial as we could scroll back if we wanted to see a past speed reading.  The read out screen is bright and easy to read and see from distance. The S hooks that come in the kit make it convenient to hang the read out screen in different areas.  The Pro Radar System is a great tool.  In our case we were able to use it for pitch speed which starts to register at 25mph. Other uses we found great are the ability to record overhand throwing velocity, as well as reading ball speed off the bat (exit velocity). This can be used to help hitters discover the best and  proper bat length and weight for them when used in a training environment. All in all using the Pro Radar System has many benefits.  Witnessing spectators enjoyment of hearing the pop of a catchers glove and seeing immediate speed feedback. Players can use the speed reading in their profile videos. A very important use to coaches, measuring player strength and growth when used as a training tool. This is a great piece of equipment to add to any program!”

Here is a video of the Pro Radar System in action at the event:

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com

Pocket Radar Volleyball Serving Drill Series with Oregon State University Women’s Head Coach, Mark Barnard

Pocket Radar has been a proud partner of the Art of Coaching Volleyball for the past few years.  A coaching clinic series and website that believes there is more than one way to coach the game of volleyball, The Art of Coaching Volleyball has incorporated the Ball Coach radar into drills and sessions helping coaches understand the importance behind speed measurement during training.  Here is a little more background about the Art of Coaching Volleyball:

The Art of Coaching Volleyball launched an annual series of coaching clinics in 2011 and later created a website where coaches could find the resources they need to help their players and teams improve.  These include drills, tactics, techniques, philosophies, fitness tips, nutritional advice and mental training.  It not only draws from the collective data bank of Russ Rose, John Dunning and Terry Liskevych, but also valuable input from numerous coaches across the country who have mentored players at every level and every age.  The Art of Coaching Volleyball was built to produce a steady flow of good ideas from expert sources in the hope that each coach will use that information to chart his or her own path.  www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com

Recently, The Art of Coaching Volleyball put together a 5 part video drill series featuring Mark Barnard, head coach of the Oregon State Women’s Volleyball team.  Each video includes Coach Barnard describing the drill, and showing how it is performed in practice.

1.  6v6 Wash Drill

2.  Skins Drill

3.  Serving Knock Out Drill

4.  HORSE Drill

5.  500 Drill

 

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com

Congrats to Danny Hall on his 1,000th Win as Georgia Tech’s Head Baseball Coach

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Photo By Matt Winkeljohn | The Good Word: http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032118aaa.html

The team at Pocket Radar would like to congratulate legendary Georgia Tech baseball head coach, Danny Hall, on reaching 1,000 career wins at the school.  An incredible accomplishment by the native of Coolville, Ohio (the same hometown of Pocket Radar co-founder, Chris Stewart) on Tuesday March 20, 2018.  Here is a fantastic write up from Georgia Tech’s website about Coach Danny Hall’s milestone achievement:  TGW: FORKS IN THE ROAD TO A HISTORICAL PATH

Coach Hall is also a big fan of the Ball Coach radar.  Here is his feedback he gave us after using the product:

“User friendly, accurate and helpful.  The size and portability makes them useful all over the field.  My pitching coach can use them in his bullpen sessions as well as during intrasquad games.  I use the Ball Coach to track exit speeds off the bat, and throwing velocities of our infielders, outfielders and catchers.  A must have tool at all of our practices and all of our camps.”

Please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com if you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories.

CEO Steve Goody and President/COO Chris Stewart on Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network Podcast: “Pocket Sized Pt. 1”

Pocket Radar’s CEO Steve Goody and President/COO Chris Stewart appeared on the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network Podcast (hosted by Austin Carroll) to “discuss how Pocket Radar got started, and what makes their company stand out from the rest.”  Listen to their conversion below (segment starts at minute 12:09)

About Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network

The Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network offers access to our nationwide network of 125 scouts that collect qualitative and quantitative statistics, videos, and velocities nationwide to MLB Teams, Collegiate Summer Leagues, Player Rep Agencies, Independent Leagues, and Collegiate Teams.

Website:  https://cbscout.net/

 

About Pocket Radar

From the world’s smallest certified accurate speed radar, to the only radar gun specifically designed for coaching and training, Pocket Radar has engineered a revolutionary product line to fit your speed measurement needs. Each Pocket Radar design includes exceptional performance and technology that fits in the palm of your hand. Pocket Radar products are convenient and rugged enough for everyday use by everyone from pro to amateur, to National Championship winning coaches and anyone interested in speed. For more information about Pocket Radar, visit www.PocketRadar.com

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at Info@PocketRadar.com

Pocket Radar makes 2018 Spring Training appearance in Bradenton, FL

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The image above was provided by Pirates Minor League hitting coach, Kory DeHaan, at Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida.  He is working on capturing hitters exit velocities on the field during BP.  Here is his feedback on the product:

“The Ball Coach radars have been a tremendous addition to our coaching staff as we continue to ‘train to the truth’ in our practices.  The players and staff both enjoy the immediate feedback. It keeps our focus more on having the players compete athletically rather than mechanically.  Keep up the great work!”

Many coaches in multiple sports have found the value of adding speed measurements into practice as a powerful training aid for their players and coaching methods. Unlike the bulkier and more expensive radar guns of the past, used exclusively by scouts to measure fastball velocity, the Ball Coach radar was designed as a training tool for coaches and athletes of all ages. It is just as accurate within 120 feet of range on a baseball/softball, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

We are firmly entrenched in the era of analytics in athlete training and having accurate data of player performance right at your fingertips.  Professional sports, leading apparel companies and more are utilizing technology to get insight into how athletes train and improve performance.  One metric currently being used at the highest levels of baseball and softball that has trickled down into the high school and youth levels is a hitter’s Exit Velocity.  Exit Velocity (the speed of the ball of the bat) is measured using a radar gun and is the only direct measure of the power behind a hit.  Studies have proven that for every extra 1 MPH added to Exit Velocity, the ball will travel an estimated 4-6 feet further of distance, depending on its trajectory and launch angle.  That means it has a direct effect on whether a player has warning track power or home run power, if they can drive the ball into the gaps for extra-base hits, and if they can hit the ball hard enough to put more pressure on the defense and slow down their reaction time.

Please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com if you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories.

Pocket Radar’s 2017-2018 NFCA, AVCA and ABCA Conventions Recap

The Pocket Radar team had a busy trade-show season exhibiting at 3 of the largest sporting conventions of the year.  Starting December 7-8 with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association annual convention (Las Vegas, NV.), continuing December 14-16 with the American Volleyball Coaches Association annual convention (Kansas City, MO), and ending January 4-6 with the American Baseball Coaches Association annual convention (Indianapolis, IN.), it was a quite an exciting month.  Check out some photos we captured from each event below.

NFCA December 7-8 at Bally’s Las Vegas:

The booth was busy the entire show.

Background on the NFCA Trade Show:  Interest in getting their products and innovations in front of softball coaches at all levels continues its upward trend. This year’s NFCA show has added 40 new companies, helping encompass the 213 total booth spaces available.

AVCA December 14-16 at Kansas City Convention Center:

The entrance to the exhibit hall.

Background on the AVCA Trade Show:  The AVCA Volleyball Marketplace is your opportunity to learn about the newest products and services developed specifically for volleyball and volleyball coaches. Volleyball Marketplace is the largest gathering of volleyball specific vendors in the country so make plans to visit and learn about the newest innovations in the sport.

AVCA December 14-16 at Indiana Convention Center (J.W. Marriott):

The booth all set up and ready for the coaches.

Background on the ABCA Trade Show:  The 2018 ABCA Convention was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and was the largest ABCA Trade Show in history with over 190,000 square feet of exhibit space. The ABCA Trade Show featured over 330 companies showcasing state-of-the-art baseball products, services and more! Over 6,000 coaches attend this four-day event annually with the ABCA Trade Show running the first three days of the convention.

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com

Bath Chronicle: Bathampton Community Speedwatch Volunteers Use the Pocket Radar Classic Model to Monitor Speeding Motorists

Pocket Radar’s Classic model is utilized for many applications worldwide.  One such application would be traffic safety and vehicle monitoring.  While traffic and safety professionals have used radar to monitor the speeds of vehicles and bicycles for many years, Pocket Radar now offers easy Doppler speed measurement to these same professionals, as well ordinary citizens concerned about unsafe speeds.

Bathampton Community Speedwatch, a team of about eight volunteers, launched just over a year ago to highlight the danger caused by drivers flouting the law in the village.

Here is an excerpt from a January 29, 2018 Bath Chronicle news report in the UK centered around, “What happened when we joined Bathampton Community Speedwatch for a speed check.”

Figures from speed check sessions between December 1, 2016 and November 11, 2017 show that the group recorded 650 motorists driving over the speed limit in the three different locations.

Almost 400 of these were caught speeding along Bathampton Lane, with the fastest driver recorded at 38mph – almost twice the legal limit for the road.

A further 109 motorists were recorded above the threshold on Warminster Road near Down Lane and 155 were caught speeding outside number 82 on the same road.

The fastest vehicle registered along Warminster Road, which is a 30mph zone, was driving at 47mph, while the average speed along the road is 40.3mph near Down Lane.

To read the entire news story, please visit:  https://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/what-happened-joined-bathampton-community-1123588

We look forward to hearing more from the Bathampton Community Speedwatch volunteers, and if you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at info@PocketRadar.com

Pocket Radar CEO, Steve Goody, Chats with Art of Pitching Podcast

Pocket Radar’s CEO, Steve Goody, spoke with the Art of Pitching (a Podcast hosted by Chance Riley) at the 2018 ABCA convention in Indianapolis about the Ball Coach radar and “all about the struggles that were involved in turning it from an idea into a reality.”  Click on the image below to follow the link and listen to their conversion:

About Art of Pitching Podcast

Hosted by Chance Riley, the Art of Pitching Podcast features stories about the pursuit of greatness in baseball and the lessons learned along the way.
Website:  http://aopitching.com/

 

 

About Pocket Radar

From the world’s smallest certified accurate speed radar, to the only radar gun specifically designed for coaching and training, Pocket Radar has engineered a revolutionary product line to fit your speed measurement needs. Each Pocket Radar design includes exceptional performance and technology that fits in the palm of your hand. Pocket Radar products are convenient and rugged enough for everyday use by everyone from pro to amateur, to National Championship winning coaches and anyone interested in speed. For more information about Pocket Radar, visit www.PocketRadar.com

If you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at Info@PocketRadar.com

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