Diamond Kinetics Adds St. Mary’s As Collegiate Partner

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PITTSBURGH (1 min read) – Diamond Kinetics is very pleased to announce the addition of the St. Mary’s Gaels as its newest collegiate partner program.

Led by 2016 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Eric Valenzuela, Saint Mary’s won its first-ever West Coast Conference regular season title and WCC Tournament championship in 2016, going 33-25 (the program’s most wins since 1977).

SMC made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 as WCC Tourney champs, facing Coastal Carolina and Navy in the Raleigh Regional. Moreover, the Gaels had four players drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft, including All-American Corbin Burnes in the fourth round.

Heading into 2017, SMC returned preseason All-American Zach Kirtley and 18 other letterwinners from last year’s WCC champion team, and added 12 freshmen.

The Gaels currently sit at 11-5 on the year, having faced both Washington and Vanderbilt for a combined seven games in non-conference play.

How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate

PITTSBURGH(2 min read) Full video of Dr. Buddy Clark and Master Hitting Instructor Dan Koosed’s presentation “How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate” at the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention.

During the presentation, Dr. Clark – the founder of Diamond Kinetics – and Mr. Koosed – owner and operator of Pro Swing Rx in Anaheim, Calif. – discuss the importance of how the right combination of exit velocity and approach angle can maximize your potential output.

Moreover, the duo discusses how technology – including Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker and inMotion Systems’ HitTrax – can help measure and quantify these metrics for players and coaches.

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Diamond Kinetics Welcomes Firecrackers Softball As Official Partners

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PITTSBURGH(5 min read) With a mission to provide a level of training to its players that ensures the highest level of social and athletic development and growth, the Firecrackers Softball Inc. is one of the preeminent fastpitch softball organizations in the country and the newest partner program of Diamond Kinetics

Formed in 1990 by Tony Rico and headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Firecrackers currently have nearly 200 teams in almost 20 states nationwide.

“I’ve built the brand around trying to help young ladies live up to the motto ‘Play With Honor” and I’ve met the demand of the product,” Rico told flosoftball.com in 2014. “People have to want to come in and subscribe to that philosophy for this to work, which is extending the template of building self-esteem in girls.”

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Taking The Handcuffs Off

PITTSBURGH(1 min read) In Part 8 (and the final installment) of “How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate” at the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Anaheim, Calif., Master Hitting Instructor Dan Koosed of Pro Swing Rx explains how to use bat sensors such as SwingTracker to create higher exit velocities and elevated launch angles with your swing.

“Give the players the information. Take the handcuffs off and let them see what they can do. And you will reap the rewards with numbers in the ‘W’ column.” – Dan Koosed

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The Physics Behind The Results

PITTSBURGH(5 min. read) As part of their presentation “How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate” from the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, Diamond Kinetics co-founder and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Buddy Clark, in conjunction with Master Hitting Instructor Dan Koosed of Pro Swing Rx in Anaheim, Calif., discussed how and why exit velocity and launch angle are so important, relative to hitting success.

In the clip above (Part 3 of our series), Dr. Clark tells us the physics behind the results and why physics dictate that certain launch angles allow for a certain amount of ball travel distance, relative to exit velocity.

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