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Editor's Note on July 25, 2013: After an agreement with Major League Baseball, the company has rebranded itself as MLB Digital Academy. The league had issues with the company using "MLB Academy" during its mobile tours, as seen in the video above.

Little boys across the world dream of playing major league baseball, practicing as soon as their hands can fit into a glove.

Competition is always stiff. But a local former pro has developed a way for a young athlete to compare his skills with the major league players with the "My Hits Program."

"I think it's a fun interactive and engaging experience," said Tyson Hanish, the CEO of Big League Analysis.

You can record your Little Leaguer's stance and swing and compare that with the big league players.

"Kids will be able to upload their swing side by side with an MLB pro," said Hanish. "They will get a visual comparison next to a major league hitter.

"After that, we go through a step-by-step process of identifying six key stages in your swing."

This high-tech tool is called the "My Hits program."

Hanish tested it out recently at the Durham Bulls Fan Fest.

"They go through the batting cage," he said. "We capture their video so they can use it on the site, and use the swing analysis tool when they get back home."

The program allows batters to compare their swing to the professionals.

With ‘My Hits' they can see what's they're doing, and with their parents or coaches help, can tweak it to model their favorite hitter. For example, one father said his son is a huge fan of former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.

As Hanish pointed out, all the kids idolize their favorite player from their favorite team.

"So this just gives them a new way to connect to major league baseball and major league players," he said.

And at the same time, analyze their swing and their body movements from head to toe.

"When I watch the video, I can improve on stuff to make my swing better," one young player said.

The program is geared toward players from the age of 8 to 13.

"We're just trying to help them enjoy the game more and have fun and connect with major league players," said Hanish.

The cost is $30 per upload from the site, mlb.com/academynow. Hanish said the site is expected to launch in April.

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