Do you have what it takes to be a softball player? The SPARQ is a rating system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. The results from these tests are combined and weighted using a formula specific to softball. These tests are essentially the same as for Baseball SPARQ testing.
Note: Despite being a very popular assessment method for some time, the SPARQ business is no longer active and is not available to conduct testing and rate players.
The following tests make up the assessments in the Softball/Fastpitch SPARQ.
- 20 Yard Dash — a straight line sprint test that measures acceleration, and is a reliable indicator of speed, agility and quickness. (baseball uses 30 yards)
- Vertical Jump — jumping for maximum height, this test measures explosiveness, and is a reliable indicator of speed. The preferred method is using a digital jump mat though other methods can be used if required.
- Rotational Power Ball Throw — The test involves throwing a Power Ball across the chest for maximum distance. It measures core strength and total body power and simulates the rotational core movement common to softball.
- 20 Yard Shuttle — A lateral movement test that measures the agility of the athlete, especially body control and change of direction.
- About the SPARQ Rating System
- Softball Fitness Testing
- Poll about the fitness components for softball
- Fitness Testing for Sports