P20071: Baseball Visual Swing Training
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Project Summary:

We will be creating a visual swing tracking and analyzing system by integrating hardware and software to output relevant baseball swing metrics after each and every swing. The SONY RX10 III is a high frame rate camera that is reasonably priced and recommended by many as a great option for capturing video of athletes in motion. With one or several of these cameras positioned around an athlete, different angles can be recorded simultaneously in outstanding detail. All the collected video will be compiled and presented in a way that makes it easy to view a player’s swing from different angles simultaneously on the same screen. Video processing will also be performed on the biomechanics of the player’s swing in order to extract desired metrics, such as swing path, exit velocity, launch angle, kinematic sequencing, etc. This system will perform most of the same tasks that expensive technological systems can output to professional and high Division I programs at a lower cost, making it a more reasonable option for a college baseball program, especially at the Division III level.

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Customer - RIT Baseball

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Project Name
Baseball Visual Swing Training
Project Number
P20071
Start Term
2191
End Term
2195
Faculty Guide
Steve Pellow - sxpddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
RIT Baseball (Rob Grow) - rcgrar@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT Baseball (Rob Grow) - rcgrar@rit.edu

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Thomas Amuso Electrical Engineer txa7793@rit.edu
Daniel Zeglen Project Manager dwz6585@rit.edu
Emmanuel Okafor Electrical Engineer eco6880@rit.edu
Joseph Mylott Purchasing and Client Point of Contact jam9795@rit.edu

Background Information

Both amateur and professional baseball communities are very interested in the biomechanical science of the swing and how it can help improve player development. The sport is amidst a large shift in play style called the “Fly Ball Revolution” in response to the rapidly increasing average velocity of pitches over the past decade. This trend makes an optimally efficient swing that stays in the plane of pitch for as long as possible very desirable. Many are researching how different body movements and positionings can achieve this goal while positively affecting centripetal acceleration of the hips, torso, hands, and bat along with the power delivered to the baseball.

A lack of specialized tracking equipment at the Division 3 level makes evaluating players a very subjective process that is very oriented towards on-field results. Without concrete data on players, coaches have less information available to them than Division 1 or professional programs. Creating a low-cost, visual learning system to incorporate into everyday training and practices would allow coaches to gain a better understanding of their players and an easy way to monitor improvements.

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