1997’s Backyard Baseball walked so Backyard League’s Gaming Baseball could run. | Source: Backyard League

Just because the leaves have turned brown doesn’t mean outdoor playtime is over. Let your kids take advantage of after-school hours with Playfinity’s Backyard League Gaming Baseball, which turns playing catch into a video game.

The high-tech baseball comes with a battery, a smart activity tracker, and weight tuners, among other accessories. | Source: Backyard League

Instead of trying to pry cellphones out of their hands, meet kids halfway with a regulation Major League Baseball ball that connects to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth. Through a free mobile app, connect their device to track different statistics about each throw they toss and catch, including speed, airtime, height, and transfer speed. 

The game goes beyond the traditional baseball and mitt with six different mini games available on the app. Kids can track their skills across games that focus on hand-eye coordination, consistency, and transfer speed. The app also lets your pitcher or catcher compete against other players around the world.

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Designed for kids ages 6-14, the Gaming Baseball offers 70 hours of playtime on a single-cell battery. At $99, it might seem like a splurge, but memories are guaranteed to be made and that is priceless. Get it now at backyard-league.com or Amazon.

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Maude Campbell (Guest Contributor)

Maude Campbell (Guest Contributor)

Maude has written for Popular Mechanics and the New York Post, among other positions at Elle and HGTV magazines.