The TrackMan Baseball App provides several ways to analyze and/or compare the behavior of pitches or batted balls directly from within the app, even during an active practice session. The FAQ will outline 3 different use cases:
- View pitches/hits grouped by type and custom flag
- Use pinning-mode to select and compare multiple pitches/hits
- Select a pitch/hit as a target/baseline for a session
View pitches/hits grouped by tagged type and custom flag
In the app, the left-sidebar displays a reverse-chronological list of all pitches/hits in a session. You may want to view and/or compare pitches or hits by tagged-type instead of individually - for example, cutters versus fastballs. Tap the group selector button above the pitch/hit list and the app will group all tracked data by tagged type and create a summary row for each type. The summary row calculates and displays the average of all measurements for that type. You can expand/collapse the summary row to see individual pitches/hits. Then, use the "All"/"Group" toggle in the upper right corner of the toolbar to view only pitches/hits of the selected type..
Another advantage of this feature is when coaching a player to adjust technique, for example, hip-rotation or grip. This feature enables you to view/compare how a specific adjustment effects the behavior of the ball flight. Use custom flags, which are defined and managed in the WebPortal, to create a long list of various techniques you are working on. Active flags will synchronize to the app ( when the iPad is connected to the internet) and appear in the right-side tagging pane during an active session. Below is an example where a pitcher worked on two different techniques (A and B) to change the tilt and as a result achieved a different movement profile:
Use multi-select pinning-mode to compare any set of pitches/hits
Long-press on any row in the pitch/hit list in the left-sidebar to open the multi-select feature. Then check the box to select one or many desired pitches/hits from the current session. You can also select the desired pitch/hit by tapping on the visual representation in the graphical/trajectory dashboard. That measurement will then highlight the row in the left-sidebar, which enable you to check the box for that row:
Select the pin icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen to enter the pinning-mode. The dashboard will then display the selected pitches/hits permanently ("pinned"). In the below screenshot a user-selected pitch #1, #3 and #14 and can now analyze/compare the performance (release consistency, tunneling and strike-zone) of these pitches in trajectory view and graphical dashboard.
You can use the "pinned view" button, on the toolbar, to quickly toggle between all pitches or individually pinned pitches. You can also long-press on the pitch-list again to add/remove one/multiple pitches and re-pin. Select a different player in the top left player drop-down and repeat the above steps - each player and each session have their own set of pins.
Once the analysis is complete, you can long-press on the left-sidebar and "unpin all" to exit pin-mode. NOTE: You can also use the multi-select mode to delete multiple pitches in one tap - just remember this cannot be undone!
Use pinning to select a pitch/hit as a target/baseline for a session
You can also use pinning-mode during an active practice session as a method to track progress: Select a single pitch/hit from the active session and pin it following steps previously stated. This becomes your baseline or target. Make changes in technique and track additional pitches/hits. All subsequent incoming ball tracking events will display in the dashboard, together with the pinned pitch/hit. This allows the player and coach to visualize progress and compare behavior to the baseline/target.
Discuss progress with the player and repeat the set-target, track-data and analyze cycle: Long-press the left-sidebar to re-select a baseline/target (previously selected target is checked by default) and tap the pin-action again. This will "clear" the dashboard and only display the now-current (previous by default) baseline/target. Track another sequence of pitches/hits, analyze, and repeat the cycle, each time only focusing on the most recent iteration.
Of course, all tracked data will be stored in your session and you can unpin-all to see all pitches or hits.