Your feet aren’t maneuvering quickly enough to make the play. Or your legs can’t quite get you high enough to dunk. But what if something could tell you exactly how much farther you needed to go to make it happen?
Wearable technology for basketball is now turning phrases like “it’s off” or “jump higher” into actual numbers. As technology increasingly infiltrates our lives, coaches will soon be using devices to supplement every observation on athletic performance and court strategy.
Got little ones? They’re the players of the future, meaning basketball technology will be even more advanced when they reach higher levels of play. Check out six devices that track movement and performance to help basketball athletes play better and harder.
- Blast Basketball Replay: Blast’s basketball precision motion sensor acts as a silent observer, attaching easily to a player’s waistband and tracking metrics on the height of your jump, the degree to which you spin during a maneuver and the length of your hang time. As you film your moves, metrics show up on the screen of your phone, actively changing as you execute the move. Wearers can get all of the information on the app and charge the sensor by simply placing it on a charging plate.
- The ShotTracker: No more keeping track of how many shots you made in practice. Using a wrist sensor and net sensor, the ShotTracker records your attempts, makes and misses while you’re shooting. The accompanying smartphone app captures and displays your data, including your time on the court, the number of points you scored and your performance in each part of the court. The court zone map tells you where you need to brush up and where your best shot remains.
- VERT: When coach says jump, you no longer have to ask how high—the VERT Wearable Jump Monitor already tells you. Clip the small, black jump monitor onto your waist to get metrics on your jump height and count. In sports like basketball, those who jump high with the right timing get dibs on rebounds and jump balls.
- Wilson X Connected Basketball: About to update your basketball? If you haven’t already, try the Wilson X. The ball syncs to a mobile app to track your attempts and misses as well as your performance on different areas of the court. Challenge yourself in a game with a virtual opponent or test your timing with the Buzzer Beater, which adds more time to the countdown each time you make a shot. Cool addition: the app simulates game sounds in real time, including cheering from the crowd and horns from the clock.
- RFID Tracking Chips: Last season, every NFL player beared a radio-frequency identification chip, a tag that wirelessly tracks a player’s field location, movement and speed. Though some coaches and organizations are still hesitant about the new technology, RFID chips may soon be used in an array of other sports, including the NBA. All football stadiums have now been fitted with receivers for chip use, and more football coaches are employing the chips during practice to collect metrics on their players in action. Instead of relying solely on naked-eye observation and instinct, coaches of the future will be able to simply study data and know exactly how each player should improve his or her movement in order to defeat the opponent.
- Clothing+: Uniform makers have started integrating textiles and technology to monitor players’ health conditions during and after physical activity. Clothing+ creates custom fitness wear that monitors bodily occurrences, from heart rate and temperature to brainwaves and emotions. Tracking elements of players’ bodies during game time opens coaches and staff to a wealth of information on how external and internal stimuli affect their teams.
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Wearable devices can tell you how you’re doing. Teams of Tomorrow can provide the foundational skills to ready young athletes for the court. We teach basketball fundamentals, academic skills and agility exercises to sharpen motor skills and noggins. Get your child moving today with TOT!