Version 1 Release
Great news! Version 1 of the SwingD app is complete. It turned out much better than we imagined and it is now available on iTunes and the Android Play Store. The cost to download the app is $1.99.
Once you download the app, you will need to register and chose which membership you prefer. For individuals that are just interested in one player, the novice level will suffice. The novice membership allows the user to collect game data for an individual game. The club membership costs $60 and allows a user to record individual batting practice and games. The professional membership ($120) records and stores game and batting practice and allows the tracking of both individual and game performance over time.
Why download and purchase a membership? This app allows you to easily collect hitting performance during both batting practice and games. The focus of SwingD is to help you determine if your hitters are making good decisions (swinging at strikes and taking balls) and if they making solid contact in both practice and games. It will help you easily these track changes. This app will save you a bunch of time and will be a valuable source of information to help evaluate your practice plans and determine if you have any holes in your offense. Each player’s progress can be recorded and tracked for each game, each practice. This app will allow you to take your game to another level.
It’s so easy to use. Download the app, register, and log in. Create and manage your players on the SwingD manager website, https://www.swingd.com/swingadmin, and set your batting order either on the website or on the app. Either way, your team data is loaded onto the app. Go to the app and select start game. Set the date, home, away and inning. A scoreboard appears and the game begins. The leadoff hitter is listed. If it is wrong, just click the batter button at the bottom and change the hitter. Pitch comes in and select the result. Did the hitter swing at a strike? If so, click the strike swinging button. The app takes you to the outcome page and you have several choices; swing and miss, foul ball, and, if the hitter made contact then select the type of hit. Was it a long fly ball out (hit to the warning track) or a line drive hit? Record sacrifices as ground ball outs. The game then advances to either the next pitch or the next hitter. The app will change hitters, the count, outs, and innings automatically. If you need to change batters, hit the batter button. If you need to undo an entry, hit the undo button. If an out was made by someone other than the hitter (dp, pickoff, cs) then hit the out button and an out will be recorded. When the game is over, hit end game, yes, and the summary page will appear. Hit end game again and you can either clear the data or have it uploaded to the database. Once the data is uploaded it will be automatically analyzed and available.
Of course, the data is only as good as the entry. What is a hard hit? How do you record ball and strikes? The games we have analyzed were on video and we do not record pitches as balls or strikes by the umpires call but rather by whether they were actually balls or strikes. Also, hard hits were hits that appeared to be middle barrel contact. Long fly balls were considered warning track shots or deeper. We will let you decide how you want your data collected.
Hopefully, you will be interested and this app will be an integral part of your season.
Happy Hitting! SwingD