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FEB 2017

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February 2017 10 Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at For Improved Performance Tackling Practice Challenges t Football helmet manufacturing company Riddell introduced a state-of-the-art 3-D scanning process to custom fit helmets to a players' heads. Riddell publicly debuted its Precision-Fit protective helmet equipment, which has been used by more than 40 college football teams and NFL organizations in January. Riddell captures and scans the size and surface of an athlete's head before sending 3-D files to the company's engineering team for processing. Player-specific liner tools are then generated, essentially using the athlete's personalized mold to create a custom- fitted helmet that will improve vision and protection. Riddell says the Precision-Fit outperforms its previous helmets. The helmets could be available in 2018. n t 3-D Custom-Fit Helmets Imagine a football practice in which no players will get hurt by being tackled by a teammate. Sound impossible? Enter the Mobile Virtual Player, or MVP. It's the first mobile training dummy that is controlled with a remote and powered by a motor. The MVP can move at the speed of a game-time player, the equivalent of about a 5-second 40-yard dash. It weighs more than 140 pounds, comparable to other tackling dummies. Unlike other dummies, though, it stands right back up after being tackled. It also has modes for natural grass or artificial turf. The MVP is now available for ordering at $8,295. n More information: More information: Venues Chesterfield Approves $35 Million Complex CHESTERFIELD, MO — The Chesterfield City Council narrowly approved plans for a massive, $35 million youth sports and education com- plex but deferred action on a related property purchase, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By a vote of 4 to 3, the council approved a resolu- tion creating a development agreement and ground lease between the city and Big Sports Properties LLC for 52 acres of land east of the city's Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. The council, however, de- layed authorizing the purchase of 22 acres of the proposed project site until Big Sports can demonstrate $23 million of firm, binding financial commitments. Big Sports has to provide those commitments prior to June 1, City Adminis- trator Mike Geisel said. Plans are for a POWERplex facility, including construc- tion of a dome with multiple playing fields capable of hosting simultaneous baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball and football games. There also would be 50,000 square feet of office space and a 40,000-square-foot educa- tion center, a 220-room hotel, restaurants, retail stores, an urgent care facility, fitness center, ziplines and a climbing wall. The nonprofit athletic facilities would be supported by revenue from the hotel, restaurants, fitness center and other for-profit enterprises. Estimates are that construc- tion on the complex could begin within 18 months, so the facility could be open as early as 2018. Waco Considers Venue Tax for Events Center Overhaul WACO, TX — McLennan County voters could decide whether to approve a $34.4 million overhaul — paid for by out-of-towners — of the t SPORTS Talk Riddell Speedflex Helmet

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