Zepp’s Hitting Test will roll out at Perfect Game, Premier Girls Fastpitch, OnDeck Softball, Ripken Baseball, and Triple Crown events
SAN FRANCISCO – June 24, 2015 – Zepp, the leader in sports sensor technology, teamed up with elite baseball and softball scouting organizations to develop and implement The Hitting Test, an evaluation using Zepp’s sensors to capture and grade player swing data at amateur scouting events. This marks the first-time that hitting metrics will be standardized and used by professional and college scouts and coaches to evaluate a player’s skill and rank them against their peers for draft and scholarship decisions. For a video of Hunter Pence demonstrating the hitting test click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcm-Q6J2WCk
Zepp data will be collected from every amateur hitter that attends an event by Perfect Game, Premier Girls Fastpitch, OnDeck, Ripken Baseball and Triple Crown. Zepp is currently used for its hitting metrics across all levels from youth teams to top college programs, all the way to Major League Baseball teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and San Diego Padres.
“Zepp has really helped our organization from a player development standpoint as well on the scouting side. Using Zepp metrics helps us understand the path of the swing to make better decisions about players,” says Scott Servais, Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. “Zepp is also instrumental in our players understanding their own swing mechanics and allows them to make much quicker adjustments.”
The Zepp Hitting Test is simple. First, the Zepp sensor is placed on the end of the bat, and all data collected will be sent via Bluetooth to an Android or iOS device. Each player takes three swings off a tee in a standardized fashion. The ball is placed at the hitter’s stride foot landing spot in the middle of the plate, and the ball height is at 40 percent of a player’s height. The size of the bat is based on the player’s age bracket. The Zepp sensor captures the following data: bat speed at impact, max hand speed, and time to impact.
“This is a first in the history of baseball and softball, and we’re excited to work with our partners to roll out the standard for swing metrics,” says Jason Fass, CEO of Zepp. “The metrics also allows players and parents to see how they rank, learn what metrics/scores indicate success at the next level, and pinpoint what they can do to improve their swing.”
“Our partnership with Zepp truly complements our efforts of empowering athletes and providing coaches the latest methodology and technologies to improve scouting and evaluation,” says Brad Clement, Vice President of Business Development for Perfect Game. “The Hitting Test definitely changes the playing field because athletes now have set standards to achieve while scouts have a benchmark to look for among prospects.”
Scientifically measuring and decoding swing data is the future of baseball and softball when it comes to improving performance. Zepp’s sensor technology is making this possible across all levels, youth, amateur, college, and pro because of its real-time swing analysis, data-powered insights, and suggested drills and training programs.
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About Zepp Labs:
Zepp Labs is committed to helping athletes and coaches discover ways to improve their game. Comprised of seasoned executives, designers and engineers located in Silicon Valley, California, Beijing and Shenzhen, China, the Zepp Labs team is applying years of technology, design and go-to-market experience from industry-leading consumer technology companies including Apple, Jawbone and Microsoft toward improving the way we practice, play and experience sports.
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