Pocket Radar Interview Series with the Owner of Total Player Center, Jason Sekany

sekanyPocket Radar sits down with Jason Sekany, Owner of Total Player Center (Livermore, CA), for an in depth interview about his incorporation of the Ball Coach radar in his facility.  Not only is it a valuable tool for providing instant objective feedback for athletes to get better faster, but it is also a helpful tool for him to evaluate staff and training techniques.

In the 7 part video series, Jason discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from the influx of technology in baseball over recent years (exit velocity), to the new ways that radar is being utilized (an injury prevention tool to monitor fatigue).  Below, are brief descriptions accompanied by each video in the series:

 

1.  How has adding the Ball Coach radar helped with training sessions?  In this video, Jason discusses how bringing out the Ball Coach radar during training excites the athletes/students and also brings out their competitive nature to improve their numbers.

2.  Why is objective feedback valuable from a training and business standpoint?  In this video, Jason discusses how instant objective feedback from the Ball Coach radar is valuable for training and demonstration purposes.

3.  What is the advantage to using radar feedback with your facility?  In this video, Jason discusses discusses the advantages of utilizing the Ball Coach radar during training to help athletes get better faster.  It also gives his training center an edge over his competitors in that it helps evaluate staff and training techniques.

4.  Why is it important to have a product that is accurate, discreet and affordable?  In this video, Jason discusses the importance of using professional level equipment when training and why that is so valuable when showcasing improvement over time.  He also tests the Ball Coach radar with the Stalker Pro 2 ($1200) radar to show its accuracy, and why the affordability makes it easier to have multiple pieces of equipment in the training center or for athletes to own for home use.

5.  How rugged is the Ball Coach radar and why is that an important feature in a training environment?  In this video, Jason discusses why equipment needs to be rugged in a training center environment and that the Ball Coach radar fits those needs.

6.  How has baseball evolved in recent years with new technology?  In this video, Jason discuss the recent infusion of technology in baseball, not just at the pro level but also at the youth level. He also explains that even though there is still people that fight against the improvement of technology in the game, they need to start taking advantage of it instead.

7.  How can radar be used as a valuable tool for training and monitoring fatigue?  In this video, Jason discusses how using radar as a valuable tool for training and feedback is only going to help athletes and trainers improve.  He also explains other added values, such as monitoring fatigue and arm health in youth athletes to prevent injury.

 

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2016 NAIA Volleyball National Champions, Hastings College, trains with the Ball Coach radar

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 baseball scouts to measure fastball velocity, the Ball Coach radar was designed as a training tool for coaches and athletes of all sports.  It’s discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Hastings College women’s volleyball head coach, Matt Buttermore, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice and in matches this past season.  Coach Buttermore was named the 2016 AVCA NAIA Coach of the Year after his team captured the NAIA National Championship.

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“Pocket Radar’s Ball Coach model has not only helped our players get a better feel for their serve velocity, it has also helped us learn to train serving more effectively. Having quantitative information on how hard we are serving shows us when a player has reached a threshold, which forces us to re-think how we need to train that player going forward to continue to push her speed up. This was crucial to us being one of the best serving teams at the National Tournament.”

 

 

 

We look forward to hearing more about Coach Buttermore and the team during the 2017 season, 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

 

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Pocket Radar CEO, Steve Goody, Chats with NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 Phoenix “Sports Hangover”

This past weekend Pocket Radar’s CEO, Steve Goody, called in to NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 Phoenix to chat with the guys from “Sports Hangover.”  They had a great time discussing a wide variety of topics ranging from the company’s background to the 2016 documentary, “Fastball.”  Click on the image below to follow the link and listen to their conversion:

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About Sports Hangover

Hosts: Curt Blakeney and Jeremy Friedland
Information: Jumpstart your weekend with a lightning quick, action-packed hour of sports banter. It’s the Sports Hangover with Curt Blakeney and Jeremy Friedland every Saturday from 9 AM to 10 AM exclusively on The Fan AM 1060. The Sports Hangover covers Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA, NHL and college sports. Are you ready to join the debate? The Sports Hangover welcomes your phone call.
Email: SportsHangover@yahoo.com
Time: Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (MST)

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

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Oklahoma State University softball team trains with the Ball Coach radar

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.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Oklahoma State University softball head coach, Kenny Gajewski, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with the team:

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“The Ball Coach radar is an efficient tool for maximizing a player’s potential, whether it’s measuring throwing speed or exit velocity off of the bat. With its instant feedback we can track our players’ performance and then make the appropriate adjustments according to the results. This saves us time and allows us to focus on our team while the Ball Coach radar provides assistance in evaluating their progress. Training with the Ball Coach radar ensures that our players are always at the top of their game.”

 

 

 

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from coach Gajewski and the team, 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

 

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Flavio Gulinelli, Head Coach of Exprivia Molfetta in Italian top A1 division, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar

flavio gulinelliCoaches 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 baseball scouts to measure fastball velocity, the Ball Coach radar was designed as a training tool for coaches and athletes of all sports.  It’s discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Exprivia Molfetta in Italian top A1 division head coach, Flavio Gulinelli, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice and in matches with his players:

“In the modern top level volleyball, the differences between the teams are extremely small and it means that the line between losing or winning the match is small. Because of that reason, the coaches are using all available methods and tools to prepare the team for the competition.  Since the skill of the serving and the receiving is one of the most important in the structure of the volleyball game, takes also a lot of time during the practice process, we decided to start using the Ball Coach radar from Pocket Radar, as a tool, which is helping us to establish the correct relationship, between the speed (power) of the serve and the efficiency. We wanted to know what is the maximum speed for certain player still bringing the positive result (creating the problems for opposite team to receive the ball), but at the same time we want to reduce the number of the mistakes to the minimum.  The Ball Coach radar is the perfect option for us, since is easy to transport, it became also the motivation tool for the players (they want to know what is their maximal speed and same time not to make a mistake). We are using it during the practice process on the daily basis and during the matches.  The use during the matches is very important, because speed measured at the practice is one thing, but reach same speed during the match, when the stress level is high, is something else.

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One of the biggest advantages of this type of the radar is that you can use it in both directions.  It means, you can measure the speed of the ball, when the ball is going towards the Ball Coach radar and when the ball is going away from it. In the past, with some other radars, you could not do this and it meant you could use it only for one team during the match.  

We are extremely satisfied with the angle, which can be covered by the Ball Coach radar. The angle is important, because players are using the whole 9m base line for serving and with the Ball Coach radar it is enough to fix it in the middle and it covers all the serving direction options. The mistake (difference) in the measurement from the angle (in case you are fixing the Ball Coach radar more to the right or left side of the court) is extremely low (1 to max 2 km/h), so if is not enough space, you can do that too.  The last skill we started to use the Ball Coach radar is the reception. We know in the past this was not the case, but, because of the angle covered by Ball Coach radar you can do that too. We established that the optimal speed of the ball flying for the receiver to the setter is about 25 to 28. This speed gives the setter enough time, penetrating from all the positions, to reach the perfect position for the set. At the same time, we got the information for each player how good he can control the ball at the reception, at the certain speed of the serve.

As you can see, the Ball Coach radar is a useful tool and can be used at all the levels, at the practice or the match. I strongly recommend it as a tool, helping you or the team to develop serve and reception to the higher level.”

We would like to wish coach Gulinelli and his team the best of luck, 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

 

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Pocket Radar Partners with Softball Canada’s CANpitch and National Team Programs

Pocket Radar’s Ball Coach™ model has been named the Official Radar Gun of the National Teams program, to help provide speed measurement for their coaching and training.

March 29, 2017 –

(Santa Rosa, CA) Softball Canada and Pocket Radar, Inc. are extremely pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership. As a Partner of Softball Canada’s CANpitch program, Pocket Radar’s Ball Coach™ model has also been named the Official Radar Gun of the National Teams program, to help provide speed measurement for their coaching and training. The Canadian National Softball Teams are recognized as one of the top teams in the world in all four international softball categories, while CANpitch is a development program that introduces and develops the fundamental skills of windmill pitching to Canada’s children and youth.

Throughout our discussions with Pocket Radar, they showed strong interest in our great development programs and we saw a great fit utilizing their Ball Coach radar with our CANpitch and National Team programs” stated Gilles LeBlanc, Manager of Marketing and Communications at Softball Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with a company that shares our passion for softball and we look forward to working with them on other exciting developments in the near future.”

The Ball Coach radar is a pro-level radar gun and speed-training tool for player coaching or self-guided drills, with hands-free operation keeping it simple. Because of its discreet and convenient size, coaches and parents are able to analyze player tendencies without affecting behavior. By measuring crucial results like pitching speeds, Ball Exit Speed off the bat (also referred to as Exit Velocity) and position player throwing velocities, training with the Ball Coach radar helps athletes get better, faster.

We are very excited to partner with Softball Canada’s CANpitch and National Team programs. We view it as a great opportunity for us to introduce our Ball Coach radar to some of the best coaches and athletes in the world,” said Steve Goody, CEO and co-founder of Pocket Radar, Inc. “The CANpitch program provides top notch training to pitchers throughout each province and territory, and it is an honor to help the National Teams continue to improve by training with our technology.

Launched in 2011, Softball Canada’s CANpitch program has reached over 10,000 aspiring pitchers through six-week training clinics. Softball Canada has assembled a network of Master Pitching Instructors (MPI) and Regional Pitching Instructors (RPI) in each province who teach a nationally standardized curriculum founded in Long Term Player Development (LTPD) principles that reflects an athlete-centered approach to learning.

The Canadian National Team program is currently ranked third in the World in Women’s Softball and fourth in Men’s Softball. Recent WBSC Softball World Championship results include a Gold medal for the Men’s team and fourth place finish for the Junior Women’s team in 2015; and Bronze medals for the Women’s and Junior Men’s teams in 2016. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams also won Gold at the 2015 Pan American Games.

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 championship winning coaches and anyone interested in speed. For more information about Pocket Radar, visit www.PocketRadar.com

About Softball Canada
The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, is a not-for-profit National Sport Organization based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 1965. Softball Canada is administered by an eight-member Board of Directors elected by the country’s 12 Provincial and Territorial Associations, and is supported by eight staff members working in the National Office. Softball Canada’s Coach and Umpire Development programs are recognized as worldwide leaders in the sport of softball, and all four of Canada’s National Teams (Men and Women, Junior Men and Women) are perennial medal threats in all international competitions. With funding annually provided by Sport Canada, membership fees, sales and sponsorship, Softball Canada develops programming to target various segments of its membership, including the Learn to Play, CANpitch and Triple Play Programs. For more information, please visit www.softball.ca

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Head Coach of the Philadelphia AAAA District XII Champions, Olney Charter High School, reviews the Ball Coach radar

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.  It is just as accurate within 120 feet of range on a baseball, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Olney Charter High School head coach, Daniel Karlyn, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players.  He guided his team last season to the 2016 AAAA District XII and Public League Championship.

“The Ball Coach radar has been a great benefit to my baseball program. Running an inner city program that has a limited budget, I have been looking for a product that helps me measure my pitchers velocity so I could help them get recruited into colleges. Expensive radar guns have never been an option for me until I came across Pocket Radar. Their reasonably priced tool allows me to gauge my pitchers velocity and progress. It also allows me to give accurate velocity numbers to college coaches when I reach out to them about one of my players. I love the size of the unit and the tripod accessory that allows you to set the Ball Coach radar up almost anywhere. The feature that allows you to track pitch velocity hands free especially comes in handy when I want to log information at the same time as measuring a pitch. As an added bonus, this also tracks exit speed off the bat so you can measure your hitters as well. This is not only a great product, but also a great product for the money. I recommend this product to all coaches who are serious about tracking development of their pitchers and hitters.”

We look forward to hearing about the upcoming season from coach Karlyn and the team, 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

 

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Dykstra Baseball Reviews the Ball Coach Radar

We are proud to partner with Dykstra Baseball, and look forward to helping bring speed measurement to their training by using our Ball Coach radar.  Here is a little more background info about them:  Dykstra Baseball is a one-of-a-kind baseball organization founded by former MLB player Allan Dykstra. Our goal is to take what’s taught and expected at the professional level and then tailor it to the specific player’s current skill-set. We do this through in-person lessons, camps and our cutting edge online baseball instruction and player analysis.  Learn more at their website:  Dykstra Baseball

Allan Dykstra is one of many coaches/trainers in multiple sports that has 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.  It is just as accurate within 120 feet of range on a baseball, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Allan and hitting instructor Eric Peyton (former player and minor league hitting coach with the Padres) about their use of the Ball Coach radar during training with their players:

“Pocket Radar is at the cutting edge of the technology wave in baseball training.  The Ball Coach radar puts the most important information to college coaches and professional scouts in your hands with an easy to use and portable system.  As a player knowing your velocity numbers, throwing and hitting exit velocity, allows you to get instant feedback on your training and gives you tangible goals to work towards.  It shows when progress is being made by the player which is priceless.” – Allan Dykstra

“The Ball Coach radar allows me to carry my radar gun where ever I go.  I am able to check the exit velocity of a swing anytime I need to. Very valuable instrument.  Hitter’s approach change when they know their numbers”  - Eric Peyton

 

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We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from Allan and his team, 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

 

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Menlo College Oaks softball team trains with the Ball Coach radar to gear up for 2017 season

Menlo College softball team measuring Exit Speed with the Ball Coach radar

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.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from Menlo College softball head coach, Christen Hardee, and her use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with the team:

“Having used the original Pocket Radar and now the Ball Coach, I have always loved the convenience and discreteness of the device especially while recruiting or testing pitchers in practice.  The Ball Coach with it’s continuous feed enables us more versatile use.  We are able to not only monitor pitching speeds, but throws from catchers, OF, INF as well as exit speed (off the bat).  Having a way to measure these enables athletes to have specific measurable goals to increasing their speed and efficiency and therefore their overall performance to take our team to the next level.”

 

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from coach Hardee and the team, 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

 

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KHO Baseball League 14U Champions train with the Ball Coach Radar

KHO Baseball League 14U Champions train with the Ball Coach Radar

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, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional athletes without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing.

Here is some feedback we received from NYSCA certified baseball 14U Spartans coach, Martin Rivera, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players:

“The Ball Coach radar is a great tool to own.  It has been an instrumental tool to the progression of our pitchers, to know in-depth, their strengths and improvement areas for each pitcher is key.  Having the reliability, confidence and most important, the precision of knowing how fast each pitch the opponent and your own pitcher are throwing, is priceless!  The Ball Coach radar gives a coach an extra edge, by providing real-time data of your team strengths and weak point(s), it is a vital addition for any coach to have in their gear-bag.”

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from coach Rivera and the team, 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

 

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