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.”
Having produced recent All-American players like Lauren Chamberlain of current Diamond Kinetics’ Premier Collegiate Softball Partner and defending national champion Oklahoma, Rico’s organization is known across the country as one of the leading producers of girls who “are beautiful, certain of yourself, and very capable of playing this game … as well as striving to make the decisions that will provide you happiness for the rest of your life.”
With the partnership, Firecrackers’ players will have the opportunity to utilize the most comprehensive swing analysis system for softball players on the market today.
The SwingTracker sensor provides instant insight and actionable feedback across 11 different swing metrics, within the four major components of the swing – Speed, Power, Quickness, and Control.
SwingTracker also provides instant 3D swing animation, 3D swing compare and customized 3D batting drills. SwingTracker’s unique technology allows players and coaches to combine 3D, video, and data sync to pinpoint exactly what the bat is doing during each part of the swing.
Diamond Kinetics has taken special care to ensure the SwingTracker swing system is engineered to help coaches and trainers maximize effectiveness with each of their players. Use one SwingTracker sensor to work with multiple players and connect with players remotely. Parents and coaches can easily track their player’s practice and progress between training sessions.
Moreover, as an official sponsor of the NFCA, Diamond Kinetics’ is uniquely qualified to help the Firecrackers adopt, integrate and leverage technology usage for players, coaches and parents.
“The use of technology has become very important within the fastpitch community,” NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman said. “Diamond Kinetics will provide our members with easy-to-use educational tools to help teams succeed.”
With an inherent focus toward optimizing the player/coach relationship and bringing easy to understand metrics, data and swing analysis to your fingertips, Diamond Kinetics enhances the learning and training experience for softball players of all skill levels, from the youth level all the way up to the collegiate level.