The TrackMan B1 product has been enhanced to provide batted-ball tracking with measurements comparable to TrackMan's stadium products. This FAQ provides an overview of prerequisites, high-level feature-set and other improvements in the firmware 1.3.0 and higher
- You must use a B1 calibrated to support both hitting and pitching. As a general rule, all B1 systems purchased and shipped since October 2019 will meet this criteria; contact your sales representative to confirm.
- B1 firmware version >=1.3.0. We released firmware 1.3.0 to all customers in February 2020 and firmware 1.4.0beta-1 in November 2020. You can verify your B1's firmware version by connecting to a B1 (not necessary to calibrate) and tap the upper right Menu->TrackMan.
- TrackMan Baseball App version >=1.34
Supported configurations and calibration guidelines:
You may place the B1 8ft - 20ft behind tip-of-home, 3ft - 6ft height and 0-3ft offset from tip-of-plate. As with pitching, the supported height and offset depends on distance behind plate. The App will guide your through the possible placements when you setup and calibrate.
The TrackMan B1 can be used for tracking batted ball in various environments:
- Indoor / covered-roof cage with a single layer of non-metallic netting.
- On a baseball field behind a turtle. Note you must ensure no metallic objects (turtle cross-bards or framing) is between the B1 and the batted ball.
- On an open baseball field.
and various types of batting practice:
- Pitcher throwing from full length distance at near game-speed
- Person throwing underhand or soft-toss behind a L-screen >30 ft in front of batter.
- Pitching machine throwing pitches from any distance >30ft.
- Hitting balls off a tee.
We recommend to place the B1 as low as feasible in a given setting - ideally 3-4ft height. This will reduce risk of missing hits due to batter blockage.
When you start a new practice session, select the practice type (pitching or hitting) and the TrackMan App will guide you through necessary calibration process. For hitting sessions the B1 system will measure the following data which is comparable to the TrackMan stadium/game system data:
- Exit Speed
- Spin Rate
- Launch Angle
- Launch Direction
- 3D Contact Point
For specifics about expected accuracy - see the spec-sheet on https://trackmanbaseball.com
Batting practice mode:
Starting with firmware 1.4.x, the B1 system can be configured in two modes when tracking batted balls:
- Standard practice (default): Optimized for fastest processing which may lead to reduced confidence in distance data for longer trajectories. Expect the B1 to track hits every 3-4 sec.
- Extended ball-tracking: Optimized for distance tracking. The B1 will track the batted ball for longer part of the trajectory which will increase distance confidence but also increase processing time before ready for next hit. For hits into the outfield expect 6-10 sec before the B1 is ready for next hit.
Once you have calibrated the B1 for hitting you can select/change the mode via the TrackMan menu option. You can do this anytime you are connected to a B1 - both before and during a tracking session. Switching modes takes <1 sec.
Updates in firmware 1.4.0
- Added batting practice mode (see above for details)
Updates in firmware 1.3.1:
- In hitting mode: Max tracking time is 1sec to provide faster response time in outdoor batting practice. As a result, distance *may* be be tagged reduced confidence
- Ability to unlock and configure >4 frequency groups to support >4 adjacent B1 systems. See this FAQ for more details.
- Fixed a firmware bug where only last digit of frequency group is displayed.
Known issues, limitations and bug-fixes in firmware 1.3.0:
- Outdoors the B1 tracks the batted ball as long as possible (possibly even be until landing). During this time the system will not track any additional batted balls.
- Indoors the B1 tracks the batted ball until it hits side/roof netting. Due to this usually being a very short partial ball-flight, distance will likely be measured with reduced confidence.
- Frequency-set selection using developer tool now correctly displays 2-digit frequency set.
Pitching updates in firmware 1.3.0:
- The B1 now provides extension measurement for indoor sessions (B1 has been measuring extension for outdoor sessions since firmware 1.2.x). Extension will be provided with reduced confidence due to lightning and/or walls/indoor objects creating reflections.