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Complete the following to velocity tests to get a full profile of your throwing ability.  This test is only to be done when you have been throwing for at least 2-3 weeks on a regular basis of at least 3 times per week with high intensity.  After a complete warm up and 5-10 minutes of playing catch however the athlete wants take the best of 3 attempts on each of the following throwing velocity tests.  If possible get the athletes body weight as well.

  1. Mound/stationary throw:  this type of throw for a pitcher is their fastball off of a mound.  For position players it is a throw as hard as they can without any forward momentum in the form of a step.  Position players are told just to reach back and throw.  It is much like an in-fielder having to load up on their back leg after making a backed handed stab and throw off their back leg.
  2. Run n’ Gun – 5 ounce (oz): with a running start of anywhere between 5 and 10 yards allow the players to run then crow hop to throw the ball as hard as possible.run-n-guns
  3. Run n’ Gun – 6 oz
  4. Run n’ Gun – 4 oz
  5. Long Toss with Crow Hop:  much like the Run n’ Gun allow the players to get a running start from about 5-10 yards before crow hopping and throwing the ball as far as possible.  Measure in feet and take the best of 5 attempts.  Optimal launch angle for distance is roughly 45 degrees.
  6. Stationary Long Toss: similar to the position players stationary throw.  Stand side ways and load up on the back leg and take a step forward the other leg and throw the ball as far as possible with no running start or crow hop.  Measure in feet and take the best of 5 attempts.  Optimal launch angle for distance is roughly 45 degrees.

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