This morning, the Norwegian company Playfinity started an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise money for the Backyard League. This is a linked baseball league that is aimed at encouraging young people to participate in the sport. It is geared towards children.
In terms of advanced technology made available to amateur players, it is accurate to state that baseball has lagged behind other sports. There have been some items, but not very many, and none of them is particularly geared towards children. The latter is one of the characteristics that distinguish the Backyard League from other sports leagues. Adults should not attempt to use it.
The product may be thought of as having several facets.
However, the program does a great deal more than merely generate performance indicators. It is more about the aspect of pleasure and encouraging children to practice, play, and spend more time with their friends than anything else. And let’s face it, while you’re young, fun ought to be the primary focus of any sporting activity you participate in — fun above all else.
There are games inside the program that serves this purpose, and some examples are Fast Throw, Pop Fly, Precision Catch, and Higher and Higher. Children may use them to practice a variety of abilities, and they can provide them with feedback on how they are progressing as they do so. Your children will be the stars of their very own baseball game thanks to the software that creates cheering crowds and crowd sounds.
The other facet of the Baseball League is characterized by a spirit of competition, as the name of the organization suggests. There are many different worldwide leaderboards that your child might join if he or she chooses to take part in the activity. After that, they will be able to compare their performance to that of others and attempt to climb the leaderboards. Users are able to participate in the contests in a secure and discrete manner, and they are not required to provide any personal information in order to sign up.
There is zero variance in the length or weight of the baseball; it measures exactly 9 inches and weighs exactly 5 ounces, as required by MLB regulations. However, there is concealed technology within, as well as a battery that enables the device to continue functioning for up to 70 hours between charges. Playfinity assures customers that the ball is long-lasting, so you do not need to be concerned that it will be destroyed quickly.
This seems like it may be a very fascinating project for us. According to the statistics, fewer and fewer children are taking part in sporting activities. For instance, the results of a recent poll conducted by the “Project Play” initiative of the Aspen Institute indicate that around 38 per cent of children between the ages of 6 and 12 participate regularly in organized team sports. When compared to the situation ten years ago, this represents a 7% decrease. The majority of today’s children stop participating in sports by the age of 11, which is a concerning trend.
Are overprotective parents to blame for the decline in their children’s enjoyment of sports? Perhaps. There is no question that advancements in technology are also to blame. However, the solution to the issue could lie within the realm of technology. Any solution that has the capability of reversing the trend of declining participation in youth sports gets our full support.
Starting today, Backyard League may be purchased via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for the reasonable price of $69. It is anticipated that the retail launch will occur on October 1st, at which time the price will return to $129.95.