HitTrax is the first and only baseball simulator
A powerful combination of analytics and entertainment that has never before been available to indoor facilities.
Patent pending technology delivers innovation to the baseball industry by measuring real-time data and displaying live results for immediate feedback. Analyze key performance metrics to identify tendencies before stepping onto the field.
Organize hitting leagues, tournaments & home run derbys, and bring the excitement of the outdoor game into your facility.
With HitTrax, players are further engaged, in-depth performance reports are generated, and facilities gain additional revenue streams that are not otherwise available.
Enhance your training with HitTrax real-time statisitcs and key performance metrics such as exit ball velocity, distance, pitch speed, late break of pitch, strike zone analysis, spray charts and more. The immediate feedback empowers hitters and pitchers, leading to more productive training sessions with quantitative results.
The “Wow” Factor
Experience the excitement and realism of the outdoor game.
HitTrax brings true entertainment value to your facility as players can now see if that deep line drive reached the seats. Transform your batting cage into an immersive entertainment hub, comparable to the latest game console.
The HitTrax gaming module calls balls & strikes, turns rally-killing double plays and scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Organize hitting leagues, one-day tournaments & home run derbys right in the confines of your facility.
Stats, Leaderboards, Rankings
StatsCenter is the central hub for all HitTrax users.
StatsCenter is the online portal that puts HitTrax data at the fingertips of the player, coach and facility administrators. Securely stored in the cloud, synched HitTrax data can be accessed anywhere to create in-depth reports for review, illustrate the value of training sessions and clinics, analyze performance trends over any time period, and identify strengths and weaknesses before stepping on the field.
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HitTrax™ Technology Takes Irish Into Next Level Of Player Evaluation
Notre Dame was the first college program in the country to use the high-tech system.
Statistics have always been part of the foundation of baseball. From the time the first player stepped into the batters box, players and fans alike have been tracking performance using traditional statistics such as batting average (AVG), runs batted in (RBI) and earned run average (ERA). More recently, the introduction of sabermetrics has redefined how a player is valued, with on-base plus slugging (OPS) and wins above replacement (WAR) becoming key metrics used for constructing a team.
While the emergence of sabermetrics changed the manner in which the game is analyzed and even played, recent advancements in technology continue to push the envelope in terms of how players are evaluated. Analyzing how a player performs in game situations is standard. Understanding how a player performs before stepping onto the field, however, can have a dramatic impact on a player's performance between the lines.
The latest technological innovation to improve player training is the HitTrax Data Capture & Simulation System. HitTrax is the first-of-its-kind training aid that delivers real-time performance metrics that are used to assess a player's skills and monitor their progress over time.
Used in a typical batting cage environment, HitTrax measures ball movement data upon impact with the bat and, in real time, provides immediate feedback by displaying the flight of the ball in a simulated stadium environment.
The breakthrough, however, is that the data captured by the system translates into hard, objective metrics that identifies a player's strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, detailed spray charts, hot zones, launch angle and exit ball velocity analysis offer newly-defined methods of dissecting a player's swing within the training environment.
With this information in hand, subjective analysis is now replaced with a real-time visual representation of the hit along with immediate feedback of key performance metrics. This benefit cannot be understated given that in today's visual world, seeing a simulation of the hit and its supporting data can provide a competitive - and psychological - edge.
"The problem with traditional baseball metrics is that they’re only an indicator of how a player is statistically performing on the field which, in many cases, can be too late," said Michael Donfrancesco, owner and manager of InMotion Systems, the developer of the HitTrax system. "HitTrax offers a comprehensive assessment of a player's strengths and weaknesses throughout their training regimen, providing the insight they need to make adjustments in the cage and ultimately leading to improved performance once they step on the field."
The University of Notre Dame, known for its academic and athletic excellence, was the first university to leverage the HitTrax technology into their baseball program. Through the Joseph T. Mengelson Endowment for Athletics Excellence, they purchased the system because of the tremendous value in the data that the system collects. It provides the baseball program with objective data that otherwise cannot be measured, helping the coaching staff to better instruct their players. Furthermore, not only do coaches use the HitTrax metrics to improve the performance of their own players, they also use it to assess a player's potential during the recruitment process.
"Notre Dame is consistently at the forefront of leveraging high-performance technology to advance its athletic programs," said head baseball coach Mik Aioki. "From the moment we saw the HitTrax system, we knew the metrics used would revolutionize how we - and other baseball programs - train its players. There's no doubt that the statistics captured in the system will soon become commonplace within the baseball community."
Aioki is proud of the fact that Notre Dame is the first university to use HitTrax, as it reaffirms the university's commitment to the baseball program and how it develops its players. He and the other coaches have configured the system so that it provides automated baseline assessment reports that not only benchmark the player's performance as of that day, but also measures progress when additional assessment training programs are conducted.
"We've found something here with HitTrax that has completely changed the way we evaluate our players," continued Aioki. "The players are more engaged and the coaches are armed with actionable insight that they've never before had access to. The proof will be to see how our kids perform when they step across the baseline but as far as we're concerned, we've hit a home run with this system."
Bo Jackson's Elite Sports Relies on HitTrax™ Data Capture and Simulation System to Improve Coaching Instruction and On-Field Player Performance
Westborough MA and Lockport IL - May 28, 2014 - InMotion Systems, LLC and Bo Jackson's Elite Sports today announced that they have teamed to install the HitTrax data capture and simulation system at the Bo Jackson's Elite Sports training facility in Lockport, IL. HitTrax is a baseball and softball simulator that measures key performance metrics for hitters and pitchers in real time and displays live results, giving players and coaches at Bo Jackson's Elite Sports immediate feedback while charting players' progress over time, helping to improve player training, development, and on-field performance.
"Bo Jackson's Elite Sports is committed to finding the elite performer in every player who comes into our facility," said Jim Thompson, president of Bo Jackson's Elite Sports. "The HitTrax system provides our instructors with never-before-captured data that they use to easily analyze the performance of the player and find gaps in their swing. We're able to use the immediate feedback of the system to further engage the player while using the visual data necessary to reinforce the instruction being provided by the coaches. We believe in the metrics of HitTrax, and intend to include the system in our future facilities as we expand."
"We are always looking at how we can use innovative technology to bring out the most in our ballplayers, and HitTrax is easily one of the best baseball training tools I've seen in all my years of player instruction," said John Cangelosi, founder of Cangelosi Baseball, located in the Bo Jackson's Elite Sports facility. "I can't overstate the value of receiving real-time feedback from the HitTrax system. The players are able to quickly see their improvement after making only minor adjustments to their swing, and this instant gratification fuels their momentum going into the next lesson and, more importantly, onto the field."
The HitTrax baseball analytics and simulation system measures never-before-captured metrics that quantify performance and help baseball and softball players and coaches identify strengths and weakness before stepping onto an actual field. The system provides real-time visual simulation and statistical hitting and pitching data upon impact with the bat, offering immediate feedback on such metrics as exit ball velocity, distance, pitch speed, late break of pitch, strike zone analysis, and spray charts. In-depth reports generated by the system chart progress over time and identify performance trends. Players have the opportunity to compare their statistics against a national database of players at similar skill levels, from Little Leaguers to the professional ranks.
"We are thrilled that Bo Jackson, one of the greatest athletes of all time, and his partners at Bo Jackson's Elite Training and Cangelosi Baseball have chosen to incorporate HitTrax into their comprehensive baseball training regimen," said Michael Donfrancesco, owner and manager of InMotion Systems, LLC. "Dedicated to training their athletes 'inside and out', the instructors at Bo Jackson's Elite Training know they can rely on the HitTrax analytics to improve the performance of their players, giving them a competitive advantage and helping each and every one of them to realize their full potential."
About Bo Jackson's Elite Sports
Bo Jackson's Elite Sports (BJES) is renowned as one of the leading indoor sports training centers in the country. As an air-supported structure it offers 88,000 square feet of unique training space for turf sport teams (baseball/softball, football, soccer, and lacrosse) as well as to individual athletes, of any sport, who desire to improve athleticism and personal leadership skills. BJES is home to Cangelosi Baseball, Bo Jackson's Football, and Bo Jackson's Sports Leadership Centers of America. With its flagship facility in Lockport, IL and other locations planned for Hilliard, OH and Avon, OH, BJES is actively identifying weather-challenged markets to bring its unique training environment and philosophy to athletes throughout the Midwest and Northeast. More information can be found at bjeslockport.com.
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MetroWest Daily News: Baseball simulator gets into the swing
HOLLISTON – With helmet on head and bat in hand, the reporter steps up to home plate in the netted batting cage at Anderson Baseball Academy. Matt Anderson, the academy’s owner, stands behind a protective screen and tosses the ball at batting-practice speed.
To the side of the cage is HitTrax, a baseball simulator resembling a large iPhone, about 3 ½ feet tall and 26 inches wide. Equipped with sensors, it measures how fast the ball is coming to home plate and how fast it leaves. [...]
HitTrax Data Capture and Simulation System Wins Best of Show Award at 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention
Real-Time System Provides Immediate Feedback of Key Performance Metrics to Identify Weaknesses and Analyze Progress for Improved On-Field Performance
Westborough, MA - February 5, 2014 - InMotion Systems, LLC, today announced that it won Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Best of Show award at the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention held last month in Dallas. HitTrax is a baseball simulator that measures batting and pitching statistics in real time and displays live results, giving players and coaches immediate feedback while charting players' progress over time. The award is given to the top innovative baseball products showcased at the convention.
"We are extremely pleased that the selection committee has chosen HitTrax as one of their Best of Show award winners," said Michael Donfrancesco, owner and manager of InMotion Systems, LLC. "The award reflects the committee's view of the value HitTrax provides the baseball community and highlights the important role baseball analytics plays in any training regimen."
HitTrax measures never-before-captured metrics that quantify performance and help baseball and softball players and coaches identify strengths and weakness before stepping onto an actual field. The system provides real-time visual and statistical hitting and pitching data upon impact with the bat, offering immediate feedback on such metrics as exit ball velocity, distance, pitch speed, late break of pitch, strike zone analysis, and spray charts. In-depth reports generated by the system chart progress over time and identify performance trends. Players have the opportunity to compare their statistics against a national database of players at similar skill levels, from Little Leaguers to the professional ranks.
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K-Zone Baseball Academy Hosts Summer Hitting League
Dan Kopitzke of the K-Zone Baseball Academy has been a strong supporter (and contributor) to HitTrax Analytics since the system was installed this past April. Using the HitTrax Entertainment Module, he has also been hosting one-day tournaments and hitting leagues for his diverse clientele. These events have been a major source of revenue for K-Zone as players and teams are charged an entry fee for participation.
In their first hitting league, K-Zone played host to a 6-week league consisting of six teams with 3-5 players each. The games are set-up to move quickly as they utilize a Hack Attack pitching machine and limit the games to six innings. "Having 3-5 players per team is ideal as it keeps everyone in the action and ready to hit", Kopitzke comments.
"The HitTrax System has definitely provided a spark to our training environment and has opened a whole new revenue stream - hitting leagues and tournaments," Kopitzke continues. "We have 30+ players and family members in our facility every Wednesday night cheering on the teams. The players love the immediate feedback and the opportunity to hit live in the stadiums."
Dan and his team at K-Zone further stated that their activity over the past few months will definitely pave the way to higher returns during the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Everyone that sees the system first hand is impressed and awed.
"We are definitely gaining traction on the market place using creative ideas to bring people in the doors to see the HitTrax system including free open houses to league fee reductions for bringing in new players on your roster. Once they see the system in action, they are hooked. It's not been difficult to convert new customers. The challenge has always been and will continue to be getting new people into the door. The HitTrax provides the people in our market just another fantastic reason to come and see us."