SPARQ is an acronym for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. The results from various tests in each of the areas of speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness are combined and weighted using a sport specific formula.
The SPARQ Rating tells you in which areas you should concentrate your training and where you can improve. A companion system, SPARQ Training, gives the athletes a variety of drills, programs and information to improve in their sport.
The sports protocols have been updated several times. Below is what is believed to be the latest protocols, however you should check with official sources.
There are performance guides which give the details for each rating so you can see how you rank and can quickly identify your relative strengths and weaknesses. An average rating typically falls between 45 and 55. An elite rating typically exceeds 85 or 90.
- Bryan Clay (US Decathlete) - reported in the SPARQ Magazine from the Summer of 2008, he achieved a Football rating of 130.40, close to the high-scoring 132.00 recorded at the 2008 Nike Combines, where more than 10,000 athletes were tested. He performed all tests, and his other ratings were: SOCCER 96.50, BASEBALL 102.00, BASKETBALL 90.00 and ATHLETIC ASSESSMENT 145.00.
- The highest recorded SPARQ Baseball Rating is 102.31 by Jacoby Ellsbury, a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox.
- The SPARQ Magazine (Summer of 2008) also noted that the highest Basketball SPARQ rating score recorded for hoops was 89.70 by Brandan Wright, a 6' 9" forward who plays for the Golden State Warriors. Also notable was the score of 86.80 recorded by NCAA All-American Derrick Rose.