Fitness Components for Baseball

In addition to the high level of skill required to play baseball, to be a successful player you need good speed, power and agility! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for baseball, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a baseball player.

The Need for Speed

We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in Baseball. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are Power, Speed / Quickness and Balance and Coordination. Cardiovascular Endurance was rightly rated the lowest in importance. You can add your vote too.

Skill is one of the most important things

In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of baseball, and the most important physical attribute according to them is balance and coordination. Players also require a high level of motivation and self confidence, and equally and importantly need a high level of skill. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Baseball Players.

Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance

  1. Balance & Coordination, Motivation & Self Confidence, Skill and Technique
  2. Speed / Quickness, Reaction Time, Analytic & Tactical Ability, Coping with Pressure Situations.
  3. Agility.
  4. Aerobic Endurance, Strength & Power, Flexibility.
  5. Body Size and Composition.

Are You an Expert?

I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in Baseball, go here to add your opinion.

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