LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With a dedicated commitment to staying one step ahead in the ever-changing softball landscape, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association is proud to announce baseball and softball innovator Diamond Kinetics as an official sponsor of the NFCA, effective immediately.
As one of the leading technology companies on the vanguard of baseball and softball hardware and software, Diamond Kinetics is uniquely qualified to help the NFCA adopt, integrate and leverage technology usage throughout the game of softball.
“We are thrilled to announce Diamond Kinetics as an NFCA Official Sponsor,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “The use of technology has become very important within the fastpitch community. Diamond Kinetics will provide our members with easy-to-use educational tools to help teams succeed.”
With SwingTracker®, a sensor-based swing analysis system that captures swing data at roughly 10,000 data points per second and sends it in real-time to a paired mobile device, Diamond Kinetics is currently at the forefront of baseball and softball advancement.
SwingTracker® brings data and motion analysis to players of all ages and skills across four core components of the swing: Power, Speed, Quickness, and Control, unlocking unbelievably powerful information and performance improvement tools.
For each individual metric within the four core swing components, SwingTracker benchmarks a player’s data against a relevant age/skill level database (e.g. – Youth, Junior High, JV, Varsity, Collegiate, etc.).
Housed in two unique, separate mobile apps – SwingTracker Baseball and SwingTracker Softball – these databases are calculated and constantly updated from players who have used SwingTracker all across the world.
Each mobile app, made specifically for baseball and softball, brings an inherent focus toward optimizing the player/coach relationship and bringing easy to understand metrics, data and swing analysis to your fingertips. With this, 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.
“This partnership shows the NFCA’s continuous commitment to improving and bettering the game of softball for coaches and players of all ages and skill levels,” said former NFCA President, current NFCA Past President and University of Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy. “It’s exciting to partner the sport of softball with a cutting-edge company such as Diamond Kinetics.”
As an official sponsor of the NFCA, Diamond Kinetics will have multiple opportunities throughout the year to educate the fastpitch softball community on how to apply and use technology to enhance the learning and training process.
Moreover, Diamond Kinetics will be the lead sponsor for the “NFCA/Diamond Kinetics Technology Adoption Scholarship” and the “NFCA Convention App Powered by Diamond Kinetics.”
“Being able to provide a technology scholarship presents a unique learning opportunity for coaches to stay cutting-edge,” Bruggeman said. “Additionally, Diamond Kinetics will be the lead sponsor of our new Convention App which will allow attendees to follow and interact with ‘all things Convention’ at their fingertips.”
The scholarship, which will be presented at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 conventions, will be selected by Diamond Kinetics and the NFCA staff to honor a fastpitch program who has integrated technology into their respective program throughout the preceding year. The winner of this award would receive an honorary plaque, $500 technology stipend and $2,000 in Diamond Kinetics products for continued technology development.
The convention app will be available for the first time and provide a truly unique experience for the attendees at the 2016 NFCA Convention in New Orleans. The app can be downloaded to a preferred mobile device (such as a smartphone or tablet) and it will allow attendees to create a personalized calendar of events, interact with speakers in real time and stay on top of all the latest convention schedules, information and developments.
“We are very excited and greatly looking forward to the opportunity to work with the NFCA toward the continued technological development of softball,” said Diamond Kinetics CEO C.J. Handron. “This partnership has the opportunity to have a long-lasting, meaningful impact in the game in both the short-term and long-term future for all coaches and players”
About Diamond Kinetics:
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.
About the NFCA:
Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. Growing from 40 members in the 1983 to nearly 4,000 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and three international countries – Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The NFCA conducts an annual National Convention in November or December. In addition, it works with USA Today in producing polls for NCAA Division I and high school softball as well as compiling NCAA Division II and Division III national polls. The NFCA also conducts collegiate tournaments, hosts skills and academic camps throughout the nation and provides educational clinics and classes to its members. To learn more about the NFCA please visit https://nfca.org/