Pitching machine is an important tool in baseball practice in which a batter can practice without the help of any other player or support staff. In pitching machines, the batter can chose the speed of the ball and once the speed is selected, the machine accordingly throws the ball toward the batter. Different types of balls can be used in pitching machine such as softball, tennis ball, and baseball. Many players across the world make use of the pitching machine so as to get the sense of timing and can work on that to improve the timing. Pitching machine can be used at any place such as open ground, indoor ground, and at sports clubs as well.
COVID-19 scenario analysis:
- The demand for Pitching machine is expected to decrease in the year 2020 due to low demand from sports industry.
- COVID-19 pandemic has halted the production of various products in the pitching machine industry, mainly owing to the prolonged lockdown in major global countries. This has hampered the growth of pitching machine market significantly from last few months, as is likely to continue during 2020.
- COVID-19 has already affected the sales of equipment and machinery in the first quarter of 2020, and is likely to cause a negative impact on the market growth throughout the year.
- The major demand for equipment and machinery was previously noticed from giant manufacturing countries, including the U.S., Germany, Italy, the UK, and China, which is negatively affected by the spread of coronavirus, thereby halting the demand for equipment and machinery.
- Further, potential impact of the lockdown is currently vague and financial recovery of companies is totally based on its cash reserves. Equipment and machinery companies can afford a full lockdown only for a few months, after which the players would have to modify their investment plans.
- Equipment and machinery manufacturers must focus on protecting their workforce, operations, and supply chains to respond toward immediate crises and find new ways of working after COVID-19 infection cases start to decrease.
Top impacting factors:
As with the use of pitching machine batter can practice on its own, this machine is used by almost every batter or at every club. With the help of this machine, batter can practice at different speeds which will be beneficial for him when he faces the pitcher in actual match. Because the pitch speed of every pitcher is different so batter will be ready to face the pitcher. Also, by using pitching machine batter can evaluate himself about the timing and rhythm. Then he can improve if there is any scope for the improvement.
Generally there are two types of pitching machine which are used Arm type pitching machine and two roller type pitching machine. To operate the arm type pitching machine spring ad crank lever mechanism is used which acts as a human arm and throws the ball towards the batter at selected speed. Two roller type pitching machine makes use of two roller to throw the ball with the help of frictional force between the rollers and the ball.
Sometimes, three roller type pitching machine is also used by some players or clubs for practicing. Three roller type pitching machine offers additional advantage over arm type and two roller type pitching machine. With the help of three rollers machine both ball speed and the pitch type can be controlled which is not possible in the other two types. Also, three rollers type pitching machine can deliver the ball repeatedly with the control over pitch type and speed as the batter wants.
Key driving factors for the growth of pitching machine market:
Popularity of the baseball is increasing across the globe. As timing and rhythm are very important factor for any batter, they are looking to practice more for the improvement. Pitching machines allows the batter to practice without taking help of other person. Hence, the demand for pitching machine is increasing which in turns driving the growth of pitching machine market.
Different shopping malls across the world have also started to keep the pitching machine in the play zone to attract more customers. This is an important factor in the growth of pitching machine market. Also, there is rise in number of baseball clubs in recent years. Hence, it is expected to be the key driving factor for the growth of pitching machine market during the forecasting period.
Restraining factors for the growth of pitching machine market:
Though the rise of pitching machine is increasing, there are many people who are not aware about this. Hence, lack of awareness could be the restraining factor for the growth of pitching machine market.
Key benefits of the report:
- This study presents the analytical depiction of the pitching machine market along with the current trends and future estimations to determine the imminent investment pockets.
- The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities along with detailed analysis of the pitching machine market share.
- The current market is quantitatively analyzed to highlight the pitching machine market growth scenario.
- The report provides a detailed pitching machine market analysis depending on competitive intensity and how the competition will take shape in coming years.
Pitching Machine Market Report Highlights
Key Market Players
First Pitch, Atec Sports, Zooka Sports, Mound Yeti, Jugs Sports, Louisville Slugger, Spinball Sports, Heater Sports, Sports Attack LLC