AA Zooka Pitching Machine: Tips and Tricks
Safety - Safety - Safety
Serious injury can result from misuse, exercise caution at all times.
Adults only should operate machine. Make this clear to your kids on the first day.
Youth players should not operate, adjust, or transport the machine.
Always pay attention and make sure the coast is clear before loading a pitch.
After loading, continue to monitor the path and ensure no players or cute furry woodland creatures wander in front of the nozzle.
EMERGENCY SHUTOFF - After ball is loaded hit any button to abort the pitch.
Help BRSLL extend the life of the machines and maximize the investment. *Be careful in transporting the units.
Load and unload from your vehicle carefully.
Don't leave unit in high places where it can fall.
Handle securely when transporting to avoid dropping the unit.
Periodically wipe unit clean with a dry cloth.
Do not operate unit in the rain. Get unit indoors if it's raining or sprinkling.
Don't load dirty/muddy balls into machine. Wipe excess dirt off before loading.
Keep foreign objects out of the nozzle.
Contact the AA DC for any maintenance issues.
Important, Remember your ABC's:
Always Be Charging
When unit is not in use it should always be on the charger.
.....if it's fully charged, leave it on the charger.
.....if it's partially charged, leave it on the charger.
.....if it's fully discharged leave it on the charger.
Don't leave unit in the trunk of your car overnight. It won't be charged for your next game/practice. The battery life will be much shorter.
Operating the Unit
Set up tripod with rear leg facing second base and front two legs open towards home plate (if pitching).
Place unit on tripod and tighten with proper tilt using knob on right (as you face home plate).
Turn unit on.
Enter code to operate; up and down arrows move the digits.
League codes are 1919, do not change the codes on league owned machines.
Set first two digits to 19 hit enter.
Set second two digits to 19 hit enter.
Use Up/Down arrows to select machine power. 20-80% power.
Machine will register pitch speed after each pitch.
Same power level will pitch lighter balls (tennis balls) faster than heavier balls (baseballs).
Use only proper balls with machine. Baseballs, tennis balls, or approved safety balls or dimple practice balls (consult with manufacturer).
AdJust tilt of machine with knob on right (as you face home plate), loosen, adjust then tighten.
Adjust swivel of machine with knob on other side, loosen, adjust then tighten.
Adjust speed of pitch (power level) with up and down arrows.
To test pitch load, ball into nozzle (and stay out of the way).
Unit will beep and flash light three times before firing.
Re-adjust settings as needed to create desired pitch. Make sure pitches are calibrated before pitching to a batter.
For fly balls adjust tilt and power to get desired arc and height.
You can leave the swivel loose to spray fly balls left and right if desired.
The machine should be very consistent with new baseballs and league game balls.
The scatter range will be greater, with scuffed, wet, or otherwise grungy practice balls. The ZS720 will throw from 10-50 mph
The ZS740 will throw from 10-70mph
Battery life will vary depending on pitch speed.
Unit is advertised to throw 700 pitches at 40mph (more pitches at slower speeds and less at faster speeds).
Enjoy the Machines
Always be Charging (ABC).
Handle with care.