Amateur baseball players love to check out their performance – partially for vanity, but also so they can improve their game. They check out statistics, watch themselves play on videos, and use data analytics fine tune their skills. Luckily, there is plenty of technology that’s available without a big-league budget.
Below are 4 apps that any baseball league could leverage to offer its players both a more enjoyable experience and a competitive edge. The BPL is using just one of these software apps today, but others could make an appearance in an upcoming season.
Interestingly, several of these apps have ties to local baseball in Greater Boston!
400hitter is statistics software that includes player stats, league standings, league scheduling, umpire assignments, player registrations, and more. The Intercity League began using it in 2006, and has every year since. While it does not provide real-time play-by-play like GameChanger does, it us the best baseball software on the market for amateur baseball leagues.
400hitter was created by Mike Ganley, a player in the Boston Men’s Baseball League. His tool was quickly caught on, and today is used by the BPL, Boston MABL & MSBL, and most of the amateur leagues across Eastern Massachusetts, including the Yawkey, Intercity, Commonwealth, North Shore, and Cranberry leagues.
400Hitter keeps track of a player’s statistics across their career, wherever they play. So when a player changes teams or leagues, their statistics remain linked – as long as their league is in the 400hitter network – as most Boston-based leagues are.
Having career stats for players and teams also allows for features not found in other stats apps, such as career leaders by league, career leaders by team, day vs. night splits for a player, and rookie stats. Plus, each game’s line scores, box scores and summary can be viewed online as well as shared via social media.
400hitter costs $75 per team and must be used for an entire league to function accurately.
Ganley finished his amateur career in 2009, and today is the Director of Baseball Systems for the Boston Red Sox. You know his work with 400hitter helped him move up to the majors!
ChangeUp goes beyond what a typical pitch counter does to track pitches within a baseball game. It allows coaches to manage pitcher workloads and assess pitcher performance across multiple teams and leagues.
This has never been more important across amateur baseball. Imagine that Jon Shepard is pitching on your team. Most managers would love to have him, as he has a career record of 49-14 with a 1.33 ERA. But did you know that in addition to pitching for the Boston Athletics in the Boston Park League and winning 2021 Pitcher of the Year honors, he also pitched for the Boston Havoc in the Boston MABL and the Royals in the MSBL MetroWest?
How can a manager track detailed game appearances and pitching performance across multiple teams in different leagues? They could look it up, page by page in 400hitter, but that wouldn’t really provide any date tied to a player’s pitching availability, or about what innings they are most effective in.
For instance, when did the pitcher throw last in any game? How many innings did they work? After how many pitchers can the pitcher throw before they show signs of tiring?
Now, this data can be available as long as all a players’ teams and leagues are using ChangeUp. The Futures Collegiate Baseball League is using ChangeUp today, and the app founders hope their app catches on!
At the competitive amateur level, pitchers use ChangeUp data analytics to understand how effective they are. Managers use pitching data to ensure they get strong performances from their staff with fewer trips to the disabled list.
Overall, the ChangeUp pitching app allows users to:
• Accurately track pitching performance across unlimited teams and seasons.
• Ensure compliance with mandated pitch count restrictions and required rest.
• Access powerful analytics focused on effectiveness, durability, and safety.
• Observe trends and growth by seeing historical player profiles.
The ChangeUp platform tracks pitchers from their very first appearance until they hang up their cleats, enabling lifelong career profiles that support training and development. Now pitchers can track their personal growth over a single season or a lengthy career – one pitch at a time.
Download ChangeUp for free from the Apple App Store. League plan prices vary based on need.
Realplay delivers video of every swing, pitch, and catch that any player makes on a baseball or softball field. Their cameras capture every moment to help players improve, share their highlights, and hold on to memories.
Justin Real is the founder of Realplay. Real started playing baseball in the Yawkey League in 2006 and joined the Boston Men’s Baseball League in 2010. He retired from amateur baseball in 2016 to start up his business. Today, his app provides video access to players unlike anything he ever had access to himself.
Every baseball players using Realplay has access to video of their baseball performance – edited, tagged and posted for them after every game. Of course, it requires that a Realplay camera systems is installed at each fields where games are played. Perhaps there are some ICL teams that would be interested in installing cameras at their home field.
The video they produce is unmatched at the amateur level. Their split-screen views allow players to understand how to make the physical adjustments that will help their game. Plus, Realplay offers photo and video albums that can be saved or shared on social media in an unprecedented way. Real-time feedback is now available in a way that never before existed.
Realplay costs $7.99 a month for individuals, or $450 a season for a team.
In December 2021, Realplay was named as one of the 101 Best Massachusetts Sports Companies and Startups.
Switcher Studio lets you sync multiple Apple devices to livestream directly to Facebook, YouTube, or other social media platforms.
Today, some BPL managers post occasional Facebook Live feeds directly from their phone.
But with Switcher Studio, any player, manager, or fan can produce a broadcast from their mobile phone. Plus, they can easily add player names to introduce athletes, player interviews, guests or sponsors to provide commentary. And you can keep score and track counts with custom scoreboards, too. You can even shoot with multiple iPhones to capture multiple angles if you want. Some of the other local leagues around Boston have been using Switcher Studio for several years.
Switcher Studio enables family and friends who cannot attend the game to watch – and comment – as the action unfolds. The players can also watch the game recordings later to see their best performances and which calls the umpires got right (or wrong).
Cell phone data is not an issue if you have an unlimited data plan from your provider. But bring an extra battery pack if you hope to stream a full 3-hour game, as the video can quickly drain your battery.
Switcher Studio costs $45 a month during baseball season.
If you are interested in any of these baseball apps for your league, tell your manager so they can bring it up at the next Board meeting. Just maybe, these apps will make the game a little more fun, and bring your performance a little closer to major league level.