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.

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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

Pocket Radar CEO, Steve Goody, Chats with Youth Baseball Edge

Pocket Radar’s CEO, Steve Goody, called in to the Youth Baseball Edge Podcast to chat with Rob Tong about why the Ball Coach radar “should be in your baseball training toolbox.”  Click on the image below to follow the link and listen to their conversion:

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About Youth Baseball Edge Podcast

Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people’s stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.
Website: https://www.youthbaseballedge.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

Pocket Radar Guest Blog Story: Youth Baseball Parent/Coach

BallCoach_field & fenceMany 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.

Below is a guest blog story from a youth baseball coach/parent who is using the Ball Coach radar as a valuable training tool for many purposes including to help his players gain confidence.

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What’s In A Number: Confidence

Coaching a Little League team always provides unique challenges. In Tee Ball, you’re showing them where to stand, how to hold at bat and where to throw. The journey continues in Coach Pitch with added level of difficulty for timing a baseball while overcoming the fear of having a ball thrown in your direction. The stress level often multiples quickly once there is another kid throwing hard and trying to get you out.

At this age, every MPH the kid standing a little more 40 feet away throws can add ample amounts of doubt and distress. This angst can fuel a few, but more likely causes even the best little sluggers to lose the will to hit.

This fact, recalled from childhood, reaffirmed by casually watching little league games and witnessed in the first AA team practice gave me an idea. Perhaps there was another way to utilize pitch speed data to improve results?

At the age of 9-10 (and for many years thereafter), players should NOT be concerned with how fast they throw a baseball. In fact, the last issue holding me back from making a purchase was starting a bragging war inside the dugout or being asked “how fast do I throw”.

The theory I hoped to test was this: If the kids knew the actual speed of the opposing pitcher and could equate that to their own experience it would remove some anxiety at the plate and allow then to have better at-bats (and more importantly a better time!).

As a cash-strapped dad, the thought of buying a baseball radar gun was daunting. Mobile phone radar gun apps proved to be fruitless. Frankly, it was not simply the money holding me back. I also weighted factors such as size, durability, ease of use and reliability when choosing which radar gun to buy. This is what led me to Ball Coach by Pocket Radar. But I digress, as this is not a story about how to buy a baseball radar gun. So, let’s get back to point.

To test the theory, I brought a Ball Coach to the batting cages for an early season practice. Two tunnels were in use. One coach feeding a machine one ball at time while firing instructions at the eager younger hitters in between swings. Discreetly, I grabbed my radar gun from my pocket and started gauging each pitching machine. Although the calibrations where identical, the left side registered 34 MPH while right alley was up around 38 MPH. I did not speak a word to the other coaches to adjust the machines nor make mention of why I had a radar gun to begin with.

The final drill of the day had the kids split into two groups with five swings per player. The group with the most contact off the machine would be the winner. Since I was the only one aware of the actual speed discrepancy it presented an opportunity to utilize the radar gun speeds.ballcoach_pitching

Predictably, the players in the slower tunnel won the first round by a slim margin. Quickly I suggested to switch cages. The results flip-flopped, although the difference was slightly smaller. Being a group of smart children, several spoke up about the first machine was easier. They had mentioned it during the practice in passing, but never made issue of it.

Rather than force a tie-breaker, (ok fact is our time was up) we took the kids aside and explained how I used a radar gun to determine the four MPH difference between cages. Make no mistake everyone provided they could hit slower pitches as well as faster ones. Still a step was missing. We needed to quantify what the speed truly meant versus pitchers they would face.

The kids had already seen each other pitch at an earlier practice. Clearly, one arm on the team was far above and beyond the average AA player. They also had a couple “experienced” arms and a few complete rookies. Everyone got a chance to throw against the gun. The “ace” hit 42 MPH, the AA veterans 36, 33 and 32 respectively. The rest, most ranged in upper 20s to lower 30s and a good time was had by all. It was really cool to see them take mechanics seriously to throw “faster”.

Nonetheless the purpose was to showcase the speeds they just saw today would be very close, if not spot on, to the best pitchers their league would have to offer. And they all proved to themselves on this day that they could hit either speed.

Opening Day was up a week or so later. Just like the big leagues, every manager runs out their best arm to the mound to start the season. Perfect timing for the next two in the process, which was demystify the fastball this opponent had to offer.

ballcoach_teeFeeling a bit like a fool scouting 9-year-old pitchers, I pulled out the Ball Coach and proceeded to get the speed for the pitcher during his warmups. Although he was hitting about 34-36 MPH on his strikes, to the dad in me it seemed faster. Ah ha, this is the exact phenomenon I was hoping to vanquish for the kids.

Shaking off my own concerns, I took the data to the manager. He rallied the kids for a final pre-game pep talk and informed them of pitch speed was exactly what we’d been facing at the cages (not to mention against each other in practice). The message clear, you don’t worry about it anymore and take your hacks just like they have been.

The coaches continued the routine of providing pitch speeds throughout season anytime a “hard” thrower took the hill. Each time you could see the reassurance provide relief amongst the team. Without a doubt this lineup had the least amount of kids bailing out on strikes or swinging at anything (or never at all).

Okay, truth be told we didn’t come out and score 20 runs in any game. More accurately the team hit better than most, drew plenty of walks and relied on our own good pitching with solid defense to win. It was a formula that led to a second-place finish in the regular season and run to the title in the postseason tournament. More importantly, it built a lineup of confident young hitters and provided another use for a baseball radar gun.

Here are a couple of pics from guest writer, Kevin Aron, featuring his son and the team:

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Pocket Radar team heads to Indianapolis, IN for Railway Interchange 2017

The Pocket Radar team was in Indianapolis, IN for Railway Interchange 2017, September 17-19.

Railway Interchange is the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Attended by nearly 10,000 industry professionals from around the globe, this truly massive event showcases the latest technology, services, and research by members of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), and Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI). Railway Interchange also features technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA).

Pocket Radar products (Traffic Advisor and Classic models) are helping with railway safety by providing accurate and convenient speed measurements to railroad professionals around the world.

Here are a couple of pics from the event.

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Pocket Radar CEO, Steve Goody, Chats with the Baseball Rebellion Team

Pocket Radar’s CEO, Steve Goody, called in to the Baseball Rebellion Podcast to chat with the guys “about how the radar game is changing and how Pocket Radar is the best bang for your buck.”  Click on the image below to follow the link and listen to their conversion:

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About Baseball Rebellion

Baseball Rebellion is dramatically changing the methodology of hitting and pitching instruction throughout America. Utilizing slow motion video analysis, physics, and exercise and sports science, Baseball Rebellion offers the most advanced research and training programs for Baseball and Softball. At Baseball Rebellion, you have the ability to train and take lessons from the best instructors, with the most current, and scientifically proven, information in baseball, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
Website: https://baseballrebellion.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

Pocket Radar and Diamond Nation Extend Partnership to Include Pro Radar System

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Pocket Radar and Diamond Nation Extend Partnership

August 29, 2017 (SANTA ROSA, Calif.) – Pocket Radar, Inc. is proud to announce they have extended their partnership with Diamond Nation, a company dedicated to providing top level instruction and facilities for serious players looking to take their game to the next level.

As the “Official Radar Provider” of Diamond Nation, Pocket Radar’s Ball Coach model will be incorporated into baseball and softball training curriculum and be available for purchase in the Diamond Nation Shop. In addition, Pocket Radar’s new Pro Radar System with Smart Display will now be installed across multiple fields, to relay live in-game data to fans watching in the stands.

Continuing our partnership with Pocket Radar was a no-brainer,” said Bobby Dechiaro, Director of Corporate Partnerships for Diamond Nation & HealthQuest. “We are able to bring brand awareness to the thousands of amateur baseball and softball teams that visit our facility each year, while Pocket Radar provides our coaches, players and parents with the same powerful technology used by professional teams and players. Installing their new Pro Radar System for in-game use will be a great addition to our facilities.”

Pocket Radar’s advanced product line, including the pocket-sized Ball Coach™ sports radar and the new Pro Radar System with Smart Display, are used to train with immediate objective feedback by everyone from MLB coaches to youth sports athletes. By making crucial results like hitting power, pitching speeds, throwing speeds, serving speeds and more instantly visible, training with Pocket Radar technology helps athletes get better faster.

Having previously partnered with Bobby and his team to utilize our Ball Coach model, we knew they would be a perfect fit for our new Pro Radar System,” said Steve Goody, CEO and co-founder of Pocket Radar, Inc. “They truly are a game changer in their ability to accommodate year round playing conditions in the Northeast region. Diamond Nation provides athletes and their families top notch instruction and facilities in an area of the country that can be affected by weather for much of the year.

Diamond Nation’s 65-acre campus consists of 250,000 square feet of indoor facilities, 700,000 square feet of turf fields, and the ability to play up to 10 games simultaneously. It has not only the Largest Amateur Sports Dome in America, but also the Largest Turf Baseball and Softball Complex in America. Players in the Northeast now have the ability to train and compete year round as those in the warm weather areas of the country have been accustomed to forever. Diamond Nation’s baseball and softball training curriculum is a comprehensive program that deals with specific physical, mechanical, and mental training techniques to improve baseball and softball skills. All player development is carried out by a truly dedicated trained staff of professional instructors who will help guide athletes with their knowledge, experiences, and expertise.

About Pocket Radar

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, they have forged a new standard in accurate speed based training making it accessible to the masses. Their advanced product line, including the pocket-sized Ball Coach™ sports radar, is used to train with immediate objective feedback by everyone from MLB coaches to youth sports athletes. Easy to use and rugged enough for professionals and amateurs alike, Pocket Radar is ushering in a new era in speed radar technology to transform the way in which players, coaches, fans and everyday consumers understand the importance of metrics and data.  For more information about Pocket Radar, visit www.PocketRadar.com

About Diamond Nation

Diamond Nation provides education, evaluation, development, competition, and exposure to young athletes under the supervision, experiences, knowledge and direction of their outstanding staff utilizing the finest state-of-the-art facility in the country.  Their purpose is to advance the level of play in each of their students while teaching life lessons through sports that help shape young athletes into productive members of society.  What once started out as the Jack Cust Baseball Academy has now evolved into the true one stop shop for all baseball and softball needs.  Diamond Nation is the parent company to both the Jack Cust Baseball Academy and the Jennie Finch Softball Academy.  For more information about Diamond Nation, visit www.DiamondNation.com

Contact:

Tyler Scaturro

Pocket Radar

707-544-6096

tscaturro@pocketradar.com

 

Bobby Dechiaro

Diamond Nation

908-284-1778 x 107

BDeChiaro@DiamondNation.com

Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League Uses Pro Radar System on Championship Sunday

Pro Radar System measuring exit velocity at the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League Championship Sunday (July 30, 2017)

Pro Radar System measuring exit velocity at the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League Championship Sunday (July 30, 2017)

Pocket Radar was proud to help out with the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League’s Championship Sunday, held in Danbury, CT on July 30, 2017.  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.

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 David Zaslaw, Director of the Event, about the value the Pro Radar System brought to the event.

“The Pocket Radar Pro Radar System with the Smart Display is an amazing and accurate technology that has helped our league in many ways!

From measuring hitters exit velocity at league games and team practices to measuring pitching velocity in games and practices, the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League utilizes the Pocket Radar products all over the organization, which hosts over 275 teams in New York and Connecticut. Recently, we used the Pro Radar System with Smart Display at our league Championship Day to raise funds for the renovation of fields and facilities. The Pocket Radar technology is fun for kids, coaches, parents and fans to see how fast they can hit and throw the ball.

The system attracted all ages to spark fun competition, and raise dollars for a great cause. Thank you Pocket Radar for developing such awesome products that are very easy to set up, use, all with amazing accuracy.

For the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League – Pocket Radar is the ABSOLUTE BEST!”

Here are a couple more photos from the event:

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Pro Radar System with Smart Display a Home Run at Mickey Mantle World Series held in Waterbury, CT

Pocket Radar was proud to help out with the Mickey Mantle World Series Home Run Derby, held in Waterbury, CT on July 25, 2017.  We were happy to loan our newest product, the Pro Radar System with Smart Display to help bring some meaningful Exit Velocity numbers to the event.

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 Carm Farese, organizer of the Home Run Derby, about the value the Pro Radar System brought to the event.

“The Mickey Mantle World Series held in Waterbury, CT cannot thank the folks at Pocket Radar enough for allowing us to use their Pro Radar System with Smart Display in our Home Run Derby, sponsored by The Hit Club.  The excitement for those participating in the event plus those cheering them on in the stands was truly enhanced by your professional product. Feel free to contact us at www.thehitclub.com for any questions about our use with the Pro Radar System and Smart Display!”  

Carm Farese with the 2017 Home Run Derby Champion

Carm Farese with the 2017 Home Run Derby Champion.  Photo Credit: (Joe Palladino/RA)

Here is a link to coverage from the event that also includes some more video of the Pro Radar System in action:  http://thezone.rep-am.com/strikezone/2017/07/25/leyritz-says-mantle-series-is-as-pure-as-baseball-gets/

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