Cricket South Africa and PitchVision Cricket Technology have revealed the ball tracking technology behind their countrywide talent identification programme.
Centurion Mall, Pretoria was the venue for an event to unveil how PV/ONE coaching systems will be rolled out across 20 South African provincial academies. The technology, that can be used in any net, allows coaches and players to track their performance from bowling pace and accuracy through to video analysis of technique.
PitchVision is the official coach education partner to CSA. Formed in 2005, the company have supplied systems to CSA with the aim of helping identify and nurture talented cricketers across the nation.
“It is the evolution of cricket,” said Craig van Dyk, Director of PitchVision SA. “The world is in the grips of a Technological Revolution and we are merely bringing this into cricket. Our aim is to take this technology to all levels of the game”
“With more and more young South Africans starting to play cricket as early as 5 years old we need to ensure that the talented ones are identified as early as possible and coached properly so as not to pick up bad habits which are often difficult to change.”
Cricket South Africa’s General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, said
“Coaching education is a vital part of ensuring that we have a pipeline that continues to produce talent at all levels. With the additional investment and commitment from PitchVision, we are able to place greater emphasis on our coaching education programmes and look forward to upskilling our coaches,”
Press and other invited dignitaries attended the event to get more information. The venue is also the site of South Africa's first cricket simulator, PitchVision PowerPlay, where anyone can try their luck batting against world-class bowlers like Jaques Kallis and Jimmy Anderson.
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