Another great year in the books for the Pocket Radar team at the annual NFCA Convention

2-time National Champion Florida softball head coach, Tim Walton, checking out the new Pro Radar System with co-founders Steve Goody and Grant Moulton.

2-time National Champion Florida softball head coach, Tim Walton, checking out the new Pro Radar System with co-founders Steve Goody and Grant Moulton.

The Pocket Radar team was in New Orleans, LA for the annual NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) convention earlier this month December 8-9.  We look forward to this event every year with great excitement because of the great people, atmosphere and the ability to showcase our new products.  This year we were happy to display our new Pro Radar System, which was created with direct feedback and input from coaches at past conventions.

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.

The Pro Radar System was very well received at the convention and we sold out of the inventory that we brought.  The convention is very important to the company because it lets us interact and engage with softball coaches of all levels across the country.  We can get a feel for how the coaches think about the product, how they use it, and what else they would like to see from Pocket Radar.  It is also a great opportunity to let coaches know of the powerful training aspects that Pocket Radar provides other than just measuring pitch speed.

Check out a few more photos captured from the event below.

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Pocket Radar Team Meets Adam Savage of MythBusters Fame

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Pocket Radar co-founders, Steve Goody and Chris Stewart, with MythBuster Adam Savage (middle).

Recently Steve Goody and Chris Stewart, two of the founders of Pocket Radar Inc. had the privilege of getting to meet with Adam Savage of MythBusters fame. Adam was here in town giving a talk to young college students at Sonoma State University. He was hosted by Professor Jeremy Qualls from the Physics department. Adam shared with everyone how all of the skills that he has acquired along the way in a multitude of different areas helped lead to his success. He also gave us some insights into what he has been up to since MythBusters. Adam took the time to answer many questions from the young people in the audience. He also had some great physics demonstrations for us. He is a great story teller and was inspiring to everyone that came.

Steve and Chris had a great time getting to meet with Adam in person and thanked him for being an inspiration to kids of all ages. His ability to make science fun and entertaining has inspired an entire generation. Adam told them that his friend Jim Meigs, who was the editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics magazine when we first introduced the original Pocket Radar product, had sent him a Pocket Radar as a gift. Adam told us that he still has it in his tool kit and it is his favorite speed measurement device. As usual the problem with using it on the TV show is that it does not look like what people expect when you say “radar gun”. Of course, with all of the people discovering what Pocket Radar products can do, we expect that to change sometime soon.

In the end we thanked Adam for being a Pocket Radar user and told him that we hoped that we could find a way to help him out in the future. He is spending a lot of time right now helping out with Maker spaces all over the country along with the dozens of other projects he has in the works. Check out some of the latest at his web-site: http://www.tested.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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Ben Schmanke of “Authen-Tech” Reviews Pocket Radar’s Classic Model

We recently provided a sample unit of our Pocket Radar Classic model to Authen-Tech’s Ben Schmenke in return for a video review on his tech YouTube channel has over 19 million video views and 47,000+ subscribers.  Check out his channel here: www.youtube.com/bschmanke

Here are a few excerpts from the video above:

“For myself, I’m always testing different scooters, R/C cars and Drones.  Now I finally have a tool to accurately test those speeds.”

“This is perfect for R/C hobbies, vehicle speeds, bicycles/scooters, runners and more.  It’s super easy to use.  Just press the Red button to capture an instantaneous reading or hold the button to continuously give you a new reading every 3/4 of a second.”

“I love the small, portable and subtle size of the Pocket Radar (Classic model).  As the name states, it easily fits in your pocket and it’s inconspicuous, unlike those other larger radar guns that really stick out.  If you’re trying to capture a vehicle without them knowing, this is perfect.”

Bulky and expensive radar guns are now a thing of the past. The Pocket Radar Classic model is a pocket-sized general purpose speed radar gun that can be used for many uses including traffic safety, radio controlled hobbies, motorsports, neighborhood safety, industrial safety, scientific research and much more. You decide what to measure and when, using one of two modes – snapshot or repeating – to accurately monitor the speeds of vehicles, radio controlled planes/cars, runners and any other moving object from 7-375 MPH (11-600 KPH).  If you want to measure Ball Speeds, then our Ball Coach™ sports radar is a better choice. Measures: 7 to 375 MPH (11 to 600 KPH), Accurate to within +/- 1 mph, it gives over 10,000 readings on a single set of batteries.

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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Ball Coach Sports Radar used at Baseball Youth Camps across the U.S.

This past spring we were contacted about any interest in donating a few Ball Coach radar units for use during the Headfirst MLB Summer Camps.  This year they were introducing objective measurements, such as exit velocity and throwing velocity, in order to provide the campers with scouting reports.  After some initial research about who they are and what they provide, we were happy to help out.

Here’s a little more background:  The Headfirst Companies are proud to partner as the official provider of Boston Red Sox Baseball Camps, Chicago Cubs Baseball Summer Camps, Washington Nationals Baseball Summer Camps, Atlanta Braves Camps and New York Yankees Baseball Summer Camps in the Boston, Chicago, DC, Atlanta and New York Metropolitan areas. Campers ages 5-13 enjoy a “Major League Experience” and the same foundation and mission of developing each player’s personal potential — as a player and as a person.

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.

We look forward to hearing more from the Headfirst MLB Summer Camps 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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Fast Bowling Coach at Sussex CCC, Jon Lewis, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar for Cricket

Jon Lewis is one of many coaches 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, the Ball Coach radar was designed as a training tool for coaches and athletes.  It is accurate to within +/- 1 MPH (+/-2 KPH) from 36 meters away on a cricket ball, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional players 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. Coach Lewis believes his team’s overall performance has improved immensely due to the confidence they have gained from training with the Ball Coach radar.

Here is some feedback we received from Coach Lewis, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players:

“I have been using the radar on a daily basis to monitor the air speed of all my bowlers both fast and spin bowlers, it provides me with an accurate reading of how fast the guys are bowling.  This gives me an idea of how they are physical and also gives me real time data that can help me coach my players more consistently.

For example in cricket because the ball bounces after delivery and every surface is different in density it can feel like you are not performing at your top speeds because of the reaction to the ball on the surface.  This can be distracting for a player and can cause them to force pace losing technique and subsequently having a negative mental and performance outcome.

Also I like to measure the change up and down in ball speed for our slower balls , your curve ball/slider/knuckleball etc etc, the radar gives me a great idea of whether the batsman/hitter will be deceived enough to get out.

I think the radar has real scope to aid the coach in cricket and is now an invaluable  tool in my kit bag.”

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from Coach Lewis 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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What is the Durability of Pocket Radar Products?

Even though each Pocket Radar product is built from the same high-impact plastic as football helmets (we have even run tests by dropping them off of two-story buildings), we field quite a few questions pertaining to the matter of durability.  It’s a fair question considering their small size and the fragile nature of other professional radar equipment.  Over the years we have heard some interesting stories from customers that have put this to the test. We received a phone call last month from a distressed customer that brought a new meaning to “the dog ate my homework.”

As the customer relationship manager at Pocket Radar, I am often asked about the durability of the Pocket Radar units.   While we put the products through extensive stress testing and drop tests and have designed them to be very rugged, we recently we had a customer who put the unit to a test we had not previously thought to do.

Her Ball Coach radar was delivered by the postal service and left at her front door.   Without realizing there was a package outside, they let their German Shepard out into the yard.   Shortly after letting the dog out, they noticed he was tearing into something.   They were able to retrieve the package from him, but not before he performed his own durability testing of the Ball Coach radar.   I’m very happy to say the dog was not hurt at all, but I can say he has quite the bite.   The Ball Coach radar was in perfect working condition, despite the incredibly deep bite marks in the unit.  All I can say is that I would watch out if I am that postal carrier, this pup can deliver quite the bite!   Now I have a new way to describe the durability of the Pocket Radar units, although it won’t be the recommended treatment. It is not really the best choice of chew toy for your pets.

Front and Back of Ball Coach Radar with dog bites.

Front and Back of Ball Coach Radar with dog bites.

 

Successfully measuring a 65 MPH Tuning Fork with the dog bitten Ball Coach radar.

Successfully measuring a 65 MPH Tuning Fork with the dog bitten Ball Coach radar.

 

For a little historical reference, here is our Pocket Radar Durability Test video where we had Jaime Southern (former U.S. softball national team pitcher) pitch the Pocket Radar Classic model and then record a speed in the same sequence.

We probably would advise against doing this with any other professional radar guns, but if you decide to, let us know what happens!

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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High School Baseball Coach of the Year, Brian Chapman, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar

Millburn High School (N.J) Coach Brian Chapman was named National High School (Div. 2) Coach of the Year by the Amateur Baseball Coaches Association

Brian Chapman is one of many coaches 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. Coach Chapman believes his team’s overall performance has improved immensely due to the confidence they have gained from training with the Ball Coach radar.

Here is some feedback we received from Coach Chapman, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players:

“I have coached baseball for 25 years and had never made use of a radar gun in practice.  I was sold on the benefits of the Ball Coach radar after one practice!”

We’ve been using it with our pitchers but also with our position players to give them an idea of how they compare with other kids at their position.  We recently began using it with our hitters, too.  It is very easy for us to measure the speed of a pitch coming in and then the exit velocity of the ball off the bat with one push of a button.  The Ball Coach radar is so easy to operate and so accurate that we are able to generate a ton of extremely valuable data in a short time!  After using it for just a month, we can’t imagine training our pitchers without it.  Even our lacrosse team has started using it at practice! It’s an amazing product!”

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from Coach Chapman 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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Youth Baseball Coach, Rogerick Thompson, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar

Rogerick Thompson is one of many coaches 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. Coach Rogerick believes his team’s overall performance has improved immensely due to the confidence they have gained from training with the Ball Coach radar.

Here is some feedback we received from Coach Rogerick, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players:

“This product is one of my of the best investments made. As a 13U travel ball coach this product has been beneficial in developing confidence, by setting pitching machines at 10-15% higher than normal game speed. Cannot be done without this affordable device.”

“In addition, we use it for determining ball exit speed (also referred to as ball exit velocity) with normal movements. After adjustments we measure speed increase, which encourages the player to accept something that uncomfortable at first but more productive.”

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from Coach Rogerick 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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Ball Coach Radar Named the “Official Radar Gun” of Diamond Nation

The sports-model Ball Coach radar will be available for purchase at the Diamond Nation Shop and will be incorporated into their baseball and softball training curriculum

June 22, 2016 –

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Pocket Radar, Inc. is proud to announce a partnership with Diamond Nation to have its Ball Coach radar serve as the “Official Radar Gun.”  Diamond Nation is dedicated to providing top level instruction and facilities for serious players looking to take their game to the next level. It has created an environment that allows players the opportunity to learn and train properly in order to advance their skills and playing abilities.

 

Pocket Radar’s Ball Coach model 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 Ball Exit Speed off the bat (also referred to as Exit Velocity), pitch speed and position player arm strength, training with the Ball Coach radar helps athletes get better, faster.

 

We are very excited to be partnering with Diamond Nation to incorporate our Ball Coach radar into their baseball and softball training curriculum,” 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, the largest amateur sports dome in America and the ability to play up to 12 outdoor games simultaneously. 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.

 

 ”The partnership with Pocket Radar and Diamond Nation is a perfect marriage.  We are able to bring brand awareness to the thousands of amateur baseball and softball teams in the that visit our facility each year, while Pocket Radar offers our coaches, players, and parents the ability to get an accurate measure of velocity without the hassle and expense of a big and bulky radar gun.   The efficiency of the Ball Coach radar saves our coaches time which ultimately allows our players to get more out of their instructional sessions and become better athletes!”

 

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

 

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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Pocket Radar Classic Model Used for “Speeding Citations” at the Mountain Hounds Hustle

We were recently asked about participating in a great cause known as the “Greyhounds Mountain Hound Hustle.”  The Hustle is a weekend getaway for Greyhounds and their owners, with all proceeds from fundraising activities going to Greyhound Friends of North Carolina (GFNC) a 501c3 non-profit organization [Tax ID #56-1963355], www.greyhoundfriends.com, to help support our transition kennel and to find loving homes for retired racing Greyhounds.

Rick and Lynda Montgomery, who help organize the annual weekend, thought it would be a great idea to incorporate our Pocket Radar Classic model into a “speeding citation” contest.  Here is what Lynda had to say about the event and how the Classic radar was able to bring some extra fun for all involved:

This was the 12th year for Mountain Hounds, a fund-raiser for Greyhound Friends of North Carolina. The event this year was attended by 336 dogs and 305 registered owners as well as locals and tourists in the area.  The Mountain Hounds Hustle is one of the high points of the event. Greyhound owners are always happy to see their dog run and being able to record the speed makes it twice the fun. Each dog was presented with a “speeding citation” showing their dogs name and the speed clocked. Approximately 160 of the dogs present at the event took their chance to win a prize for either fastest greyhound, fastest senior greyhound or fastest non-greyhound. Speeds ranged from 7mph to 41mph! The Pocket Radar Classic was very easy to use. The timer put himself at dog level by “sitting down on the job”. He did not have any problems getting a speed read at that level. Well except for the dogs who decided it was a runway and slowly strolled as the crowd cheered them on.

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