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Evaluation Camp SPARQ & Test Scores

All Test scores are confirmed by Fastpitch Northwest staff during  Prospect Evaluation Camps

SPARQ is an acronym for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness: The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure general athleticism and conditioning. The results from various tests in each of the areas of speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness gives coaches and recruiters an overall picture of an athletes potential and commitment to improvement.

The SPARQ testing tells you in which areas you should concentrate your training and where you can improve.

The following tests make up the assessments in the Fastpitch SPARQ.

  • 20 Yard Dash — a straight line sprint test that measures acceleration, and is a reliable indicator of speed, agility and quickness.

  • Standing Long Jump — jumping for maximum distance, this test measures explosiveness, and is a reliable indicator of speed and power.

  • 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/sprint movement test that measures the agility of the athlete, especially body control and change of direction.

Fastpitch Skills and Pitching:  The Skills and Pitching stats are softball specific and designed to give recruiters an  idea of where a player stands in relationship to others in the same age group and if  a player has the potential to play at the college level.

These tests also show players how they compare to others their age and where to focus training efforts.

The following tests make up the skills and pitching portion of the evaluation.

  • Home to First Base — Timed from ball contact measures acceleration and explosive quickness.

  • Home to Home — Timed from ball contact measures speed and the ability to maintain acceleration around the bases.

  • Throw Velocity — Outfielders are tested throwing from right field to third base and infielders/catchers are tested throwing from shortstop to first base. A pure test of arm strength.

  • Catcher Pop to Pop — Catchers receive a pitch and throw to second base to simulate throwing out a base stealer. Time is from the catch (Pop) to the time the infielder receives the throw (Pop).

  • Ball off Bat Exit Speed — MPH of ball off bat is recorded as hitters hit off a batting tee. Measures potential power.

  • Pitch Velocity — Pitchers throw a sampling of each pitch type as velocities are recorded.