Pocket Radar Launches Coaching Companion App
Pocket Radar has added to its speed measurement systems with the addition of Smart Coach Radar, a speed and video training system. In baseball, the goal of the coaching addition is to provide insights and metrics into hitting exit velocity and pitch speed so coaches and athletes can optimize techniques and methods.
“We spent a lot of time talking to coaches,” said Steve Goody, CEO and co-founder of Pocket Radar, Inc. “With the new Smart Coach Radar, coaches and athletes of all ages are able to capture accurate speeds integrated with video of their mechanics, or get immediate feedback of their speeds delivered wirelessly to their smartphones. Now, any youth athlete can use the same technology in their backyard that professional players and teams use on the field every day.”
The Smart Coach Radar app includes video recording abilities with an embedded speed display to measure speed and control. The app provides instant feedback with audio and speed display and will track results over time, available for export. Players can share videos recorded from the app for others to review or for social media integration. The app stores data and can create a compiled report of progress over multiple years.
Chris Stewart, Pocket Radar co-founder, said that coaches tell them they waste a lot of time trying to verify the validity of stats sent in by players. Having the Pocket Radar video synced with velocities as part of the new Smart Coach Radar eases that concern. The video portion of the app also helps with training mechanics.
The app has features that allow players to record entire training sessions and can also create video clips for athletes automatically, allowing for instant sharing after a training session. “It is a convenience and labor-saving feature,” Stewart said.
Pocket Radar expects the integration of video with the radar will save time for coaches in the recruiting process, but really become a key tool in training, even opening up the ability for remote coaching. “There is a long, long list of features we will add to the platform,” Goody said. “Our company vision is to create revolutionary technology that changes the landscape of speed measurement. Introducing the first smart radar gun with pro-level performance sets another new standard.”
At 4.5 ounces, the Smart Coach Radar, priced at $400, can also act as a stand-alone radar gun with the features of the Ball Coach Radar.
Tim Newcomb covers gear and business for Baseball America. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.