The tests we care about drive our players to improve on the most important things that help facilitate our training and develop our players into the most well rounded athletes.
MEV - Max Exit Velocity
AEV - Avg Exit Velocity
30YD - 30 Yard Dash
POV - Position Arm Velocity
AC - Arm Care
HE - Hand Eye
VJ - Vertical Jump
PU - Push Ups
GS - Grip Strength
MBST - Med Ball Side Toss
Max Exit Velocity
Max Exit Velocity MEV is how hard a player can hit a baseball off a tee or during batting practice. This can be a great indicator of how much power a player has.
We use Hittrax machines which are the most accurate and reliable tool used by many top colleges and professional organizations. Please understand we like MEV as a metric but it isn’t everything when evaluating a player in fact we stress to all our hitters they shouldn’t focus on this metric and that Average Exit Velocity is much more important.
Position Arm Velocity
Max throwing velocity from crow hop/pull down. We like this metric but it can’t be done as often due to players arms potentially getting sore or over worked. Certain times of the year though it’s the strongest indicator of a players arm strength.
If a player wants to improve this test it’s important they follow our throwing programs and work on any throwing mechanics that may help and if they must work on their own they can throw more long toss in the off season. Throwing the baseball harder but reducing stress on the arm is priority one for us and is easier said than done.
Vertical jump is the best indicator for overall force and power. It can tell us if a player will be able to run fast, hit the ball hard, throw the ball hard, steal bases, and have good range in the infield and outfield. It’s easy to improve also just jump more.
Med Ball Side Toss
This is an important metric to gauge a players rotational power and strength. It’s translatable for throwing, hitting, and overall performance. By using this metric as a test we find our players increase throwing velocity and exit velocity but they also learn to move their bodies in much more athletic ways for example diving getting up and turning a double play.
We use a few different tools in our facility to help develop rotational power and the results help our instructors develop athletes in more dynamic ways.
Average Exit Velocity
Average Exit Velocity is one of the strongest indicators of how much power and hitting ability a player has. It also is a valuable tool in getting players to focus on squaring the baseball up and not just trying to hit the ball as hard as they can and chase the almighty Max Exit Velocity.
We have found players control their swings more because they want to make overall better contact with the ball on all pitches. We use Hittrax machines which are the most accurate and reliable tool used by many top colleges and professional organizations. AEV is our favorite metric and using Hittrax allows players to develop faster and know how much progress they are making with their training.
This takes into account 6 important metrics of shoulder health. External rotation mobility, internal rotation mobility, external and internal strength, scapular strength and throwing and non-throwing arm symmetry.
In order to improve this metric we give players a very specific work regimen that is only available in our app we use to help build arm care for each individual player.
Push ups are an overall indicator of a players strength and core power. Being great at pushups is the overall greatest test that usually shows a player is strong and will be able to do most things in the weight room.
There are many ways to improve this metric, you can do more flat bar bench press, dumbbell bench press or just do incline push-ups no matter how it’s done though it represents overall strength of an athlete and what their ability might be.
30 Yard Dash
30 yard dash is the test for baseball and scouts and college recruiters just don’t know it yet. We used to test 10, 30, 40, 60, home to first and a stolen base time (we take video of a player stealing off a pitcher and start the clock the second a pitcher starts to pitch and we end when the base runners hand or foot touches the bag) and here’s what we have found.
The 30 yard dash tells us the most, the base paths are 30 yards, a good time at 30 yards basically covers what baseball players need to do most. Get on base and steal bases. It’s easy to teach someone to round the bases more efficiently.
Our times of home to first and stolen base are so close to a 30 yard dash we just don’t understand why this isn’t the metric every baseball coach wants.
Hand Eye coordination is the best test we have found for both developing and testing overall hand eye coordination. The player stands 10 feet off a wall with a tennis ball and alternates throwing the ball underhand and catching it over hand with the opposite hand in 30 seconds.
It’s perfect for baseball because it forces players to use both hands and be under control the clock continues to roll if the player drops it or throws it bad. This has been a strong indicator of a baseball players overall skill set.
Grip Strength is directly correlated to hitting the ball harder and throwing harder which makes sense if your hands are strong the bat becomes lighter, the ball is moved faster at release, and weights can be held longer to perform more reps in the weight room. Do more exercises that build hand and forearm strength.