WBSC Europe has partnered with Blast Motion to advance player development ©Getty Images

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe has partnered with sensor-based swing analysis company Blast Motion in a bid to advance player development throughout the continent.

Blast Motion's software combines swing analytics with a mobile app, cloud-based services and insights to provide organisations, coaches and players with real-time development feedback and personalised hitting assessments.

The company has programmes for baseball and softball which will both be available for all WBSC Europe member associations.

"Hitting is one of the key areas where Europe needs to improve in order to compete better against the top countries globally," said WBSC Europe President Kruno Karin.

"This agreement and technology and services provided by Blast are part of our development plan and its building blocks.

"Blast will provide comprehensive training to European baseball and softball coaches during the next three years to help develop our hitting.

"Blast Motion coupled with coaches' guidance will be a big step forward for the European baseball and softball development."

It is expected that the technology will help to advance a player's skills as it provides automatic swing quality assessment reports, video analysis and comparisons, 3D swing tracer visualisations and leaderboards tailored to teams.

Blast has a database of over 250 million swings to create comparison insights to deliver training methods.

"Our mission aligns with WBSC Europe's goals of promoting the increased development and expansion in baseball and softball training for its players, coaches, and organisations for all levels of the game," said Blast Motion's vice-president of business development and strategic partnerships, Mike Woods.

"By partnering with the best organisations and governing bodies in the world, we're allowing a new generation of players to use the same technology used by pro teams, providing them with the opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing in the big leagues, getting college scholarships, or simply making the team."