Diamond Kinetics is now the Official Motion Technology Partner of the American Baseball Coaches Association, it was announced on Tuesday. One of the world's leading baseball technology companies, Diamond Kinetics joins the ABCA as a "double partner".
With SwingTracker®, a sensor-based swing analysis system, and BatFitter™, a portable bat fitting system that uses the SwingTracker sensor to find the optimal bat for each player's unique swing, Diamond Kinetics is at the forefront of baseball advancement and technology.
With the partnership, Diamond Kinetics will be annually hosting the Motion Capture Technology Session during the clinics at the ABCA Convention. This year's session will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the main clinic hall at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. This year's session is titled "How Motion Data Can Give You a Competitive Edge".
The partnership includes the new ABCA/Diamond Kinetics Technology Awards & Scholarships, which will each be presented to a college, high school and travel level team or training facility beginning with the 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim. The technology awards will recognize teams at each of those levels which have demonstrated superior levels of technology adoption and integration. The awards include a $1000 check and a $2000 credit towards Diamond Kinetics products and services. The scholarships will recognize teams at all three levels which demonstrate a desire along with a need to adopt technology into their programs. The scholarships include a $2000 credit toward Diamond Kinetics products and services along with six hours of consulting time with Diamond Kinetics staff.
"This is an exciting partnership between the ABCA and Diamond Kinetics," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "All of our members can benefit greatly with the new technology session during the convention. Additionally, Diamond Kinetics is showing a great commitment to the betterment of the game by establishing the awards and scholarships. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship as technology becomes a more prominent part of baseball."
Diamond Kinetics has also become the presenting sponsor of the ABCA Honors Luncheon, which will be held this year on Saturday, Jan. 9 at noon.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to help coaches adopt, integrate and leverage technology to the benefit of their players and the game," said Diamond Kinetics CEO C.J. Handron. "Working together with the ABCA to ensure the continued technological development of baseball is something that will have a long-lasting impact on both the short-term and long-term future of the game."
Diamond Kinetics technology enhances learning and training for all skill levels, from youth to professional, through its easy-to-understand metrics, data and swing analysis. SwingTracker uses 15 different swing metric measurements, including Applied Power, Speed Efficiency and Impact Momentum, to evaluate and study player's swing. It uses a sensor that is paired with a mobile device to send the data via Bluetooth as the swing occurs. SwingTracker also provides instant 3D swing animation, interactive customized batting drills and benchmarking swings against skill levels ranging from youth to professional.
Founded in 2013, Diamond Kinetics provides real-time quantitative data, biomechanics feedback and training guidance for sports performance improvement using wireless inertial measurement units (IMU's) and mobile applications. Building on academically validated scientific research at the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh, Diamond Kinetics has an exclusive license for the application of IMU sensors in baseball and softball. Complete information about Diamond Kinetics technology can be found at www.DiamondKinetics.com.
Established in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College (NJCAA and Pacific Association Division), High School and Youth.