PITTSBURGH/WASHINGTON, Pa. – With an established reputation as a leading forerunner in youth baseball and softball since 1951, PONY Baseball & Softball will partner with baseball and softball technology innovator Diamond Kinetics to bring cutting-edge tools and training content to PONY coaches, parents, and players around the world, helping every player improve their skills and have more fun playing the game.
As the motion technology partner of PONY, Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker will be the exclusive batting motion/swing sensor of PONY, giving over 500,000 players on 28,000 teams in over 4,000 leagues across the United States and over 40 countries worldwide access to the best technology available in baseball and softball today.
“PONY is honored to work with Diamond Kinetics, a homegrown and now world-wide leader in swing analysis metrics,” said Abraham Key, PONY President & CEO. “We believe using Diamond Kinetics’ technologies will enhance players’ swing mechanics, measurements and data points and help them become more productive hitters.”
PONY and Diamond Kinetics began setting the seeds for its partnership in 2015 at the Pony League World Series in Washington, Pa. Each PLWS Home Run Derby participant utilized Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker technology during the contest and were able to see how such metrics as Max Barrel Speed, Impact Momentum and Approach Angle related directly to hitting home runs.
Diamond Kinetics also took part in PLWS pre-tournament and in-tournament festivities with the ‘Diamond Kinetics Experience’ in 2017, allowing every player & parent the opportunity to use and get a first-hand look at SwingTracker, as well as many other cutting-edge DK-related tools and technology.
Keeping with this spirit, PONY has amended and approved both baseball and softball league and tournament rules to allow in-game use of Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker sensors mounted internally in-bat and externally on-bat. The softball rules go into effect this year, while the baseball rules to go into effect January 1, 2019.
Furthermore, Diamond Kinetics’ soon-to-be-released PitchTracker and ‘Smart’ baseball will be the exclusive pitching/throwing motion technology of PONY, bringing such cutting-edge metrics and data as velocity, spin rate and pitch charting to PONY players and parents.
“PONY has been a tremendous advocate and driver behind the growth and development of youth baseball and softball players for years,” Diamond Kinetics CEO C.J. Handron said. “We are very excited to partner with PONY to continue the advancement of today’s youth players in a new and tech-driven way, and help these players grow and have more fun playing the game.”
As the most comprehensive performance improvement system on the market today, Diamond Kinetics creates the ultimate training platform for any player.
Train Your Brain with the Axon Baseball app and test your cognitive ability to recognize different pitch types in a fun, engaging, video game-like format.
Train Your Body with SwingTracker, the cutting-edge sensor technology providing instant insight and actionable feedback across 14 different swing metrics.
Improve Your Game with the DK Expert app via research-backed, video training content from national, MLB-level hitting and strength training experts experts across 100+ lessons.
By creating a unique and comprehensive way to train both their swing and their brain, Diamond Kinetics’ and Axon Sports technology allows players to experience the ultimate swing, data and instructional platform upon which to develop their baseball skills.
Both technologies are currently utilized by such elite college baseball teams as Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Louisville, Clemson and Coastal Carolina and softball teams like Oklahoma, Florida and Arizona.
About Diamond Kinetics
Founded in 2013, Diamond Kinetics’ enhances the games of baseball and softball by creating engaging experiences that help players improve and also have fun. We are the market leader in mobile motion technology and information that enables player development, superior equipment fitting, objective scouting and recruiting, and engagement-driven entertainment. We do this leveraging an exclusive license to issued patents from the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh, deep technical expertise, key strategic partnerships and our love for the game.
About PONY Baseball/Softball
Founded in Washington, Pa. in the winter of 1951, it has been PONY Baseball and Softball’s mission to Protect Our Nation’s Youth. Beginning with six original teams in Washington to now over PONY, giving over 500,000 players on 28,000 teams in over 4,000 leagues across the United States and over 40 countries worldwide, PONY is one of the league leaders in youth baseball and softball. PONY cares about creating a safety-first, fundamentally sound, nurturing and positive environment for players age 4-23 in baseball, softball and its Champions League for players with special needs.