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.
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